Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Crochet Flower Face Mask

 



First, let me be clear on this - crochet masks are not proper replacement for medical masks.

When this epidemic started and people began making crocheted masks - I thought to myself "there is no way in hell, I am making one". And I was quite adamant about it even my family urged me to make some. I do sewed some (they are at the bottom of this post), because believe it or not - when the virus spread started we had a sudden shortage of masks and we couldn't buy any for a day or two. Hubs and Eva go to work, so they needed ones and that's when I decided to sew them. I know they are also not proper replacement - but better something than nothing, right? I am more keen on sewn masks, because you can wash and iron them (eco-friendly, yay!) and even wear an ordinary mask underneath for increased protection.  

But, a couple of days ago a friend sent me this picture which I reposted on Instagram. 


And it was then the idea of crocheting a flower mask started gnawing at me. Day by day, it tormented me and eventually I gave way! 
 
I have already made a narrower and more romantic version of this mask, and I plan to add both versions in my etsy shop.



 

Hubs teased me as what I am to do with it once the epidemic is over - to which I replied I am replacing the ties with longer ones, making another "mask" and having both joined into a unique bikini top. Ha!

Here are the masks I sewed - these are the only washed ones - each of us have 4-5. Mine and Eva's are the floral ones, the boys have them in... well... boyish patterns. 





The pattern is now in my shop!

15 comments:

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

You made such a beautiful looking crocheted mask! I love the flowers on it. The fabric masks you made are nice too!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Julie! It resembles one of my bohemian bracelets. I am so happy to work my idea through.

Kim Sharman said...

I must admit when I read the heading I did wonder. =) But......if one has to wear a mask, well why not a pretty flower-filled crochet one. AND.......if when all this is over it can be upcycled into a bikini top, well so much the better. You do make Ne smile Maya.

Kim Sharman said...

......of course. I meant "You make me smile, Maya. =)

The Liberty Belle said...

Your masks are so cute and creative!

Maya Kuzman said...

Believe me Kim I understand. I cannot reply directly through the blogger, because whatever I do I cannot add the reply button, so I reply to comments on my phone. You should see the gibberish I write and delete to make a proper, correctly spelled reply :) Thank you so much on the sweet comment! It is always a pleasure having you here. Hugs!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you so much dear!

Michelle Churchman said...

OMG! This is gorgeous! If it were lined with quilt fabric, it would be as useful as the surgical masks. I saw an article the other day in which some university decided to do a quick study comparing the filtering capacity of different fabrics with surgical masks. T-shirt fabric wasn’t as good as a surgical, but still considerably better than nothing. High thread count quilters cotton - like batiks for example - actually filtered better than surgical masks. You are so talented my friend!

Michelle
https://mybijoulifeonline.com

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Michelle! Woven fabric is way better than crochet, because regardless how tight the crochet stitches are, they still have miniscule holes, thus not very protective.They also attract lots of dust, and other invisible particles, so we are going to line these with some recycled bed sheets patches on the inside. My sewn masks are made of three layers of fabric for heightened protection.

Olivia POWER said...

Beautiful face masks. Love the floral embellishments. Thank you

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you so much!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Too pretty! Love the color choices:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm Party! xo Kathleen

handmade by amalia said...

I'm so enjoying your artful masks, Maya. I made some as well, not crochet though.
Amalia
xo

Ann said...

If we have to wear these as long as I think we will, we are all going to have to get creative with them! Love the bikini top idea!! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

Maya Kuzman said...

Well, I have to get creative :)
Glad you liked the bikini idea!