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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2010 06:46:40 PM »

Use a good quality umbrella to re-cover, not a cheapo dollar store one. If you're putting that much time into it, you don't want it to explode the first time you use it! Wink Fortunately, it's the frame you care about, not the fabric, so logo-encrusted promotional ones are okay. They're often quite good quality. The best are old ones - no plastic parts at all is a good sign. Often the fabric is faded, torn or completely shot but the frame is perfectly good. And the best part about older umbrellas or parasols is that the handles are usually much nicer than ones today. Of course if the handle is really nice you'll have to pay real money even if the fabric is gone, but sometimes it's worth it.

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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2010 06:45:10 AM »

Beautiful!

I imagine you could cover it with some iron-on vinyl to protect from heavier rains.
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2010 11:32:39 AM »

thank you for all of the nice comments!

Wulf- I agree. Using a quality umbrella is improtant. I think if you wanted to experiment and had a cheapie umbrella on hand it would be ok just to practice on/make mistakes with. I think I should have made one first out of fabric that I didnt like as much to work the kinks out with. (I had to do some creative prblem solving half way through!)
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« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2010 12:51:27 PM »

Wow!  What a great thing you made!  Do you have a link to the information you used (if it was online)?  I may have to try this someday.

Thank you for speaking up for using a quality frame.  You, too, Wulf.  When I read that comment I thought "Oh no!"  I know that I've had cheap umbrellas which had frames that probably wouldn't last through the process.  In my line of work sometimes people think I can make something cheaply made into something beautiful, but it's kind of a waste of money and time for me to work on something that's poorly constructed and I think that would be the case here.  Of course, a practice frame and practice fabric is a great idea.
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« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2010 01:22:24 PM »

the instructions came from Threads magazine...it was one of the more recent issues.
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« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2010 02:07:23 PM »

Thanks! I wish I could buy that magazine more often!
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« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2010 04:04:39 PM »

This is so beautiful! I bet it makes you look forward to the rainy days.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2010 04:40:43 PM »

Use a good quality umbrella to re-cover, not a cheapo dollar store one. If you're putting that much time into it, you don't want it to explode the first time you use it! Wink Fortunately, it's the frame you care about, not the fabric, so logo-encrusted promotional ones are okay. They're often quite good quality. The best are old ones - no plastic parts at all is a good sign. Often the fabric is faded, torn or completely shot but the frame is perfectly good. And the best part about older umbrellas or parasols is that the handles are usually much nicer than ones today. Of course if the handle is really nice you'll have to pay real money even if the fabric is gone, but sometimes it's worth it.

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Thanks for this tip! I hadn't considered that... I'll have to start looking in thrift stores more closely. I did have a decent old one at one point (I found it at my old job), but I think it got pitched. I don't use an umbrella very often, but I would like it to work well and last for a while Wink
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« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2010 06:35:46 PM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2010 10:22:19 PM »

Oh my goodness, that is gorgeous! I LOVE the fabric you used for it, and you've matched the pattern perfectly.

I would be so HAPPY on a rainy day under that!
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