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Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is right around the corner, it’s on February 17, 2015. Mardi Gras is celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It marks the last day that folks can indulge in rich food and drink before the fasting and abstinence begins for the Lenten season which runs from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.
A big part of Mardi Gras celebrations are masks. The tradition in Venice dates back to the Renaissance when artisans created elaborate masks and costumes for the wealthy, it was outlawed in the late 1700s and slowly made a comeback in the late 1900s.
Today there are many shops around the city specializing in reviving the almost forgotten craft. Their handcrafted masks are works of art carrying a hefty price tag.
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Here’s a tutorial on how to make a Venetian type mask. It’s a bit more involved and the tutorial by Stitchophrenia is in 3 parts. Click on this link and scroll down – Part One is at the bottom, Part Two above it, and Part Three above Part Two.
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Make this sparkle mask by Aida Mollenkamp! Learn how here!
For more Mardi Gras ideas follow my Mardi Gras board on Pinterest!