Then I found this reflective mylar stuff. It looks like a mirror. I just had to try it out on the mask. That is the shiniest mask I’ve ever seen :)
A friend owns the local Pensacola Parade People a/k/a The Mardi Gras Store and wanted to buy my masks to sell in the store. Yippee! My friend wanted a jester mask. So, we created that, too :)
By this time I was feeling pretty confident at my embroidered masks. Since I belong to the Mystic Krewe of Nereids, I had to make a mermaid. This mermaid was an early attempt trying to figure out the glasses with wide arms. See how the eyelets for the glasses is enlarged. That didn’t work.
Once I figured the embroidered mask out, it was time to play. My first design was a sea turtle. The elastic loops were added after I discovered that not everyone has glasses with small arms. There are glasses that have wide arms, too. Slip each loop into one of the holes and the elastic will accommodate the wider armed glasses :)
Here is one of my first masks. Of course, they are all embroidered because, well, I love to embroider :)
This is how the mask process began. I got a design for an embroidered mask. Beautiful, yes? My friends kept saying, “if the eyes were a bit wider,” “the mask needs to be larger,” “can I wear this with glasses?,” “it needs to be sturdier.” I ended up making several masks with the eyes and nose area that fit my glasses. The ones I make don’t look at all like these, but yes, this is the one that started me on my quest :)