Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I made parasols!

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Now I'm wrapping a parasol which is made in pretty marimekko fabric. It's a birthday gift to my sister. The idea has been in my mind for some time, as she is quite sensitive to the sunshine (so am I) and would love a pretty parasol as a gift.

I did a pilot production with making mine, and then made my sister's parasol. I bought the DIY parasol kits which contained the frames and the instructions, and sewed the fabrics of my choice. I really love what I've got after struggling with my first DIY parasol experience.

I hope my sister will like it!

first trial
parasol
the gift
parasol for my sister
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DIY parasol kit
marimekko fabric: 1.5m long for the first one, 1m for the gift
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13 comments:

  1. Your parasols are so cute! Where are the kits from?

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  2. Yoshimi, that's unbelievable!
    Those parasols are just too cute!

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  3. Fabulous!
    I don't know how anyone could help but be thrilled with such a lovely gift.
    You did a very nice job.
    Those are really cool fabrics too.
    Where did you find the kits?

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  4. Wow! That's amazing. I never even thought of sewing a parasol or umbrella. Yours look beautiful :)

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  5. Thanks so much, ladies!! You all are so sweet!
    I bought the kits here.
    http://item.rakuten.co.jp/sankakuya/c/0000000103/
    (you'll need to scroll down quite a lot to see them.)
    They sell quite many kinds of them. I've googled in English to find something similar, but I couldn't find anything so far... I think there should be someone who sells the DIY parasol kits for crafters other than in Japan, but I must have been just unable to use the right terms in searching... Sorry for that...

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  6. Hi, I find that it is technically possible to purchase the kit from the shop, without living in Japan! The shop is one of the members in a very popular internet shopping mall in Japan(Rakuten), and I find that the organizer of the mall says they help/explain when you shop internationally (mainly in English I guess). The postal fee may cost a lot, but take a look if you are interested.

    list of kits in the shop
    http://item.rakuten.co.jp/sankakuya/c/0000000103/
    I bought
    http://item.rakuten.co.jp/sankakuya/higasa01/
    http://item.rakuten.co.jp/sankakuya/10000441/
    general shopping guide in English
    http://event.rakuten.co.jp/borderless/infoservice/en/

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  7. OMG, they are BEAUTIFUL! I cant believe it is possible to make these... I don't think I would be capable!

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  8. whoa!! awesome parasols!!
    I didn't know you could make them! super cool :)

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  9. Hello EmilyKate, Hi Lunatepetal,
    Thank you for your compliments!! I didn't know I could make such things before them, lol!

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  10. I should have written "I didn't know I could make such things before them, either !".
    sorry!

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  11. I just wanted to say that I love what you create and can't wait to see more!

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  12. Hi TheLuxuriousVagabond, thank you for the comment! Actually I've been too lazy these days but you made me wake up! Thanks for that too!

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  13. Hi,

    I am always impressed how creative Japan is- wish could go shopping for a month there :-)

    Your black dress with white pinpin ( I don´t know how to write it right ) is stunning!

    Kind regards from Germany

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