Making progress on making masks.
I’ve now made about two dozen masks. I’ve figured out how to streamline the process, working on a few each morning before I start writing. I’m almost out of interfacing, but I’ll never be out of fabric. I’ve been adding to my fabric stash for years, buying fabric on sale and bargain tables sometimes, and others just grabbing a bit of this or that I can’t live without. I also save scraps. Lots of those, just the right size for masks. I even managed to find elastic.
Many of you are making masks, too. I’m so proud of you when I read how many you’ve made and where you’ve sent them. I knew I hung out with a lot of good people, so I’m not surprised. But I am in awe.
A gift for hard working mask makers.
Of course sewing is my hobby, but writing is my profession. Sometimes they can come together.
As a thank you to everyone who’s making and giving masks away, I’d like to give back a bit. If you comment here this week and include a photo of a mask you’ve made and given away–or many masks you’ve made–then I’ll send you a code to download one of my very first novels, The Unmasking, which was published by Harlequin in 1985 and updated just a bit when I received my rights back. The Unmasking was one of my first books to be published, a romance about second chances. And yes, the heroine is a mask maker!
***Unfortunately right after I published this, I discovered you can’t post photos in comments here, a sad state of affairs. Instead pop over to my Facebook Page and post your photo there. Or you can send it to me at emilie at emilierichards.com (use @ and no spaces. I wrote it that way to fool spambots.)
So comment here, post the photo there or send it to me, and same result. Sorry about the two-steps. Technology can be a bear.
To me this seems like exactly the right book to read right now. It’s an escape into the world of professional mask making in New Orleans, where masks are a big part of the local culture. It was written back when masks were made and worn for fun and not to avoid germs.
The book takes place in pre-Katrina New Orleans, and I fondly remember taking a real mask maker to lunch as part of my research. Who knew I’d be making dozens of a very different kind of mask years later?
So what are you waiting for?
- Show us a photo on my FB page or in an email to me of one or more of your beautiful masks.
- In return I will send you a code from Book Funnel to download The Unmasking on your e-Reader, tablet, or computer to enjoy. Book Funnel is the perfect tool for authors to send readers books, and they will help you through the process. I promise it’s not a bit difficult to use.
Nothing to it, right? Nothing except the thrill of helping others, working with fabric, and finally settling in with a good book after a job well done.
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