Written as a resource for costumers and propbuilders in the performing arts industry, this reference volume contains a range of in-depth information on the design, construction, and repair of parasols. Chapters include a brief history of the parasol, step-by-step instructions on different patterning methods for parasol canopies, and suggestions for making material and trim choices. Numerous illustrations, diagrams, and photographs augment the text, and appendices include a thorough glossary of parasol component terms. Sticks in Petticoats is an invaluable addition to any costumer or propbuilder's professional library.
This edition contains over a dozen full-color interior photographs by Ryan Jones.
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Oct 15, 2009
"finally, a useful book about parasol!" Historical costumers, collectors, & theater types who look at an antique frame or a repro & think "how do I put a working cover on this so I get a parasol to match an outfit?" -- you've finally got a resource! Instead of just trial-&-error-ing yourself or hoping a knowledgeable friend or mentor can show you how, Pollock's book guides you through several tested methods for covering a frame. While slim, this textbook is thorough & includes basic history & detailed parts & construction of standard parasols/umbrellas. You'll find plenty of tips for frame repairs too. This is a practical manual that you can just tell has oodles of experience behind it. Clear, sharp instructions (with a bit of sass too; don't forget the safety goggles!) & precise illustrations, plus lovely photos, make the book invaluable. There's also a bibliography of historical & theatrical resources, should you wish to study... More > further. For fans of the brolly in any incarnation, you need this in your sewing room or craft shop library.< Less
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