Friday, January 15, 2010

Victorian Parasol in the Snow to Re-Purpose - Steampunk

At Gracie's Cottage, we believe that every faded beauty deserves a chance to be re-born.  This old beauty has lost it's handle.  There are moisture stains overall, the lace and trim has some tears and has pulled loose from the ends of the ribs.  We're offering this old beauty in our etsy shop,  Most folks would say that's in terrible condition and should be thrown away.

Still, the clever artisan can find much to work with here:

The purple velvet ribbon trimming the edges is in excellent condition. 
The dingle-ball scalloped trim around the edges is some of the most fantastic I've ever seen and much of it can be salvaged. 
On the upper part, the lace netting has a swiss dot pattern and much is useable.
The wide lace on the lower part is amazing and again, much could be used. 
Even the net rosette at the tip would be a wonderful adornment on your project, as would the brass ferrule on the end.
The shaft is a most daring shade of fuscia, and the entire frame with fabric removed would have a wonderful sculptural quality perfect for your steampunk inspired projects.

We can't wait to see what this old parasol becomes in her next life!

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