A crochet parasol part 2; finishing off

Finishing up the handmade festival sunshade

I worked on the bulk of the crocheted parasol over about a week to get to this point. There was some frogging and adapting the pattern to make it work with the dynamic open-and-close action of the parasol. The last of the finishing up, tying, tassels and pompoms took about another three days.

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This crocheted parasol design needed a few more rows of pink crochet to reach the end of the ribs. After making sure the final canopy size would fit, I basically had a big woolly doily. I began working into the bulk of the fabric to create the finishing touches. Neon green wool to edge off the pink around the edge of the parasol, and I outlined some of the pineapples within the doily. The pink-and-neon lines were made by crocheting single stitch down the sides of the pineapple shapes.

Next step; tying the canopy to the ribs and tip of the umbrella

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To attach the canopy to the ribs, I crocheted small cups to set on the tips of the ribs and sewed the canopy on to each individually.

In the photo above, you can see that the original parasol tip (theĀ ferrule), is sticking out of the canopy, I planned on covering it last. *I think if I were to crochet another parasol, I would create the cover at this point, and work it onto the inner ring of the canopy to avoid future fitting, faffing about and sewing.*

Grabbed a quick photo (below) after strapping the canopy to the parasol completely; every step after the last tying and sewing was purely decorative. I crocheted over the ferrule in pink and topped it off with a neon green pompom, and added a few more yellow pompoms and blue tassels.

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Here is the completed crocheted parasol!

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Looking forward to finding another tatty-but-still-structurally-sound parasol to try another cover pattern on!

Still crocheting and posting on Instagram, find me @kellymarieartist

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Crocheted hackysacks

Fair Isle Camoflage Print Beanie

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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