From Vintage to Modern

Vintage lace has always had a magical impact on me. Its enchanting appearance is filled with historical values passed down through generations. Here are a few samples that caught my eye at the Fergus Scottish Festival this summer, aren’t they just gorgeous?! Irish Crochet and Bruges Crochet have touched my heart when I learned these techniques in my early 20’s…and Pineapple Lace doilies were the beginning of my crochet path in middle school.

With vintage lace in my heart, I enjoy creating modern designs using old motifs and techniques as inspiration. A few decades ago, Pineapple Lace was commonly used in home decor, but in our modern world you can find Pineapples in almost any crochet category. I started using Pineapple stitch widelly for designing dresses and parasols in 2005-2007 and it’s still one of my most favourite stitches.

Lace Crochet Parasols by IraRott

Parasols are just like big doilies; however, the lace does not lay flat as it has a dome shape. So when you stretch out your parasol, it creates a nice rounded canopy.

Pineapple Lace Crochet Parasol Cover

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You might be stumped by where to get an umbrella mechanism…no worries, it’s just a regular stick umbrella that you can easily take apart and remove its original fabric cover. I recently purchased this black umbrella in Walmart, but you can also find them on Amazon or elsewhere. You will also need size 10 cotton thread; Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread is a great choice. Check out my video below on how to turn a basic stick umbrella into a beautiful lace parasol.

Materials For Making Crochet Parasol Umbrella Mechanism for Crochet Parasol

I have another little trick to share. Over time, the woven yarn ends might get loose and will pull out eventually. To avoid that, apply a small drop of fabric glue onto the yarn ends right after you weave them in. Let the glue dry completely before using your parasol. I like Liquid Stitch, it has white color when you apply it but is clear after drying.

Tricks for Weaving In The EdnsI hope you will check out my Parasol Patterns at IraRott.com and will enjoy making them. Happy crafting!

Kids Crochet Parasol Pattern By IraRott

 

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