Vena Cava Design

14th August 2020

We will be closed between the 12th and the 20th September to allow us to have an Autumn break. You will still be able to place orders and mail us, we promise to deal with these promptly on our return.

The post is finally starting to catch up and services are getting quicker again. This has been a challenging time for all of us with supplies being slow to arrive and leave but we got through it and we thank you for your patience and loyalty.

Signatures are still not being collected on UK delivery services and if your order is urgent we do still suggest you use one of our upgraded services. Courier delivery is available on request.

All Good Wishes, Liz and the team

Fans & Parasols

Parasol Cover

Parasol Cover

This pattern contains the basic patterns for parasols with 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 ribs, with ribs lengths from 9" to 26". Also included is a pattern for a tip scrunchy that will give a nice finish to the area where the cover meets the tip of the parasol handle.

Parasols were an integral part of life for a Victorian Era lady. Not only were they functional in protecting a lady from the harmful rays of the sun, they were also a decorative accessory to her outdoor costume. They could be of a serviceable plain linen, or a fancy bright silk with ruffles, or an heirloom masterpiece of lace and ribbons. Unfortunately, most of the parasols surviving today have the fabrics in tatters. But the good new is that the finely crafted handles and folding mechanisms are usually still in good condition, and are waiting for someone to come along and recover them, restoring them to new glory.

Recovering an old parasol is not that difficult, and can be a lot of fun. The first step is to find an antique parasol handle that is still in good condition, aside from the fabric cover. The cover can be shredded or even missing, but the skeleton of the parasol should be in good working order, and the ribs straight. (Minor bends that can easily be re-straightened are fine.) Check your local antique stores, Ebay, and other sites that carry antiques and collectibles, and you will be amazed at what you can find. If you are unable to find an antique handle, you can also purchase a new parasol with a suitable handle, and replace the cover to something more suiting to your taste. Sometimes, you can also create a fancier and longer handle by adding spindles and finials to an existing handle.

Don't forget our parasol skeletons!

Due to the variety of ways to cut the fabric for a parasol, and the different sizes and number of ribs, it is very hard to give exact yardage requirements. Smaller parasols will use less fabric if cut with the grain, and larger parasols will often use less fabric if cut cross grain. Cutting with the selvage as the hem will take more fabric than cutting with a hem. If you are cutting to match prints or motifs, that will also require extra fabric. The following chart is a rough idea of yardage.

Rib LengthOn SelvageCross grain
Not SelvageOn Grain
with napOn Grain
without napUp to 17"1 5/8 yards1 yard1 1/2 yards1 yard17 1/2" to 20"1 7/8 yards1 1/8 yards1 3/4 yards1 1/8 yards20 1/2" to 23"2 1/2 yards1 1/2 yards2 1/2 yards1 5/8 yards23 1/2" to 26"2 1/2 yards--3 1/2 yards2 1/8 yards

Our Price (inc VAT): £12.35

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