One year ago, I got really fed up with testing one poorly fitting mask pattern after the other, and decided to use what I’ve learnt to invent my own Hybrid Mask pattern. And my very first attempt fitted perfectly! In order to help others with similar problems, I published pattern and instructions in German on April 14th and in English on April 21st.
I knew that my hybrid pattern was somewhat special, but I had no idea how enthusiastically it would be sewn all over the world – and that I would spend a whole year helping all the makers, thinking up tips and tricks, creating a detailed picture tutorial and a stapleable instant mask, collecting mask tying techniques and mask science as well as making countless customized Hybrid Mask pattterns for all sorts of particular face shapes, special needs and preferences!
This year was busier than ever, but looking back, I am deeply grateful to be able to help the helpers in my own way, and I feel so lucky to meet so many wonderful makers who are truly committed to helping and protecting others – and all this even helps me, to not despair about this pandemic, or the way people react to it. Thank you so much for this!
This year at home has made our worlds seem terribly small, which makes it even more delightful to go places with the hybrid mask, and I love to learn about the places where it is enthusiastically sewn and donated! In addition, I’ve been wondering for a long time how many hybrid masks have been sewn where and for whom (I might even turn this into a graphic at some point :)). So, I’ve thought of a little survey for my Hybrid Mask’s anniversary party:
(1) How many Hybrid Masks have you sewn where, and for whom?
(2) Which patterns, styles and special features do you use?
(3) Can you name three things that make your hometown special?
You can take part with a comment, either right here in the blog or under my related posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – and if you prefer, feel free to post pictures of your Hybrid Masks in your own channel (I’d love to see sights in the back! :)) with the tags #luckhausmask and @irisluckhaus. – Congratulations, dear Hybrid Mask!
Take care of yourself and stay well! ❤
PS: (1) So far, I have sewn around 400 masks for friends, family, friends of the family and family of friends, most of whom are located in Bergisch Land and Berlin. (2) I usually go with the original pattern, but have donated some Nose and Beard masks too! Recently, I like to use polypropylen, and I usually donate two masks, one with elastic ear loops and the other with a long jersey head tie. (3) Special features of my hometown Wuppertal are an unmistakable shade of green, Bergisch slate houses as well as industrial monuments and the Schwebebahn, a unique suspension railway!
PPS: Yes, I had already published my questions in the blog (so there are already comments :)), but not yet shared, because I didn’t find the time for that… but I thought the maskiversary was the perfect opportunity to finally do so! :)