by Noelle Faulkner
Summer is here and the sun is out. A parasol is great way to protect delicate skin with a little style and flair! Here are some ideas for creating your perfect portable shade.
Just a note on setting the paint: It’s not really necessary to set the parasols, since it is unlikely that they will ever be put in a washing machine or get wet. If you would like to set the Dye-Na-Flow, you can (CAREFULLY) use a hot air gun, making sure that you do not scorch (or set fire to) the fabric, or use our Airfix, which you add to the paint before it is applied.
1) Open the parasol and with a rag or sponge, wet the entire surface with water (a drop or two of Synthrapol in the water will help it soak in). Starting at the top, apply Chartreuse Dye-Na-Flow in a zig-zag pattern, the long point falling at about 11" down the ribs and the short point between the ribs at about 7". While the Chartreuse is still wet, apply Dye-Na-Flow Turquoise following the same pattern. Overlap it slightly on top of the Chartreuse and continue for 2 1/2 – 3". Let dry.
2) When the parasol is completely dry, apply the last bands of Chartreuse—1" at the edge of the Turquoise and 1" at the bottom edge of the parasol. Notice how applying the paint to dry fabric creates a more defined line. Now it’s time for the embellishments! First of all, choose a theme. I’m quite fond of the song ‘Summertime’ and thought it was perfect for this parasol. You might be inspired by something else—just let your imagination go!
3) Print ExtravOrganza with your song lyrics and title or whatever you choose. There are eight sections on the parasol, each section has two diagonal lines in it, making a total of sixteen sections available for song lyrics, a poem or whatever. Divide your words appropriately to fit in the space available. Note: Always test on plain paper to check for font size and spacing before you print on the ExtravOrganza. I printed the title ‘Summertime’ three times, in a large font with space around the letters so that I could cut them into individual squares. Then I printed the song lyrics with the paper orientation to ‘landscape’ and with enough space between each line to allow for fringing.
4) Cut the ribbons and letter squares. Leave the paper backing on the ExtravOrganza for cutting, it makes it SO much easier! After cutting, peel off the paper backing and fringe all the edges. Create extra long fringes on the short edge of the ribbons, but make sure the un-fringed part of the ribbon is long enough to cover a section and overlap with the next ribbon at the points (you need fabric to stitch to—see photo for step 5a). Paint the fringe on the ribbons with Lumiere Citrine and paint the fringe on the letter squares with Lumiere Pearlescent Turquoise.
5a) Use embroidery floss (or decorative thread) to sew the letter squares to the parasol. I applied beads in each corner, tying off the threads on the outside to create a bit of fluff.
5b) The ExtravOrganza ribbons are applied on top of the Chartreuse stripe that borders the Turquoise, overlapped at each point, gathered a bit and secured with beads, then tied on the outside. Just a couple of tips here: I like to use a sewing needle rather than a beading needle because it’s easier to thread with the floss. However, sometimes the holes on the beads are quite small, so try to find some beads with slightly larger holes. I also use only three strands of floss.
6) Sew a tassel, some sequins and some beads at the bottom of the parasol where each rib ends.
7) Sew beads and sequins around the top point of the parasol.
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