Completed Parasol. PACK OF 5 GREETINGS CARDS AVAILABLE PRICE £3 PLUS POSTAGE. SEE SALES/ORDERS.
Certificate from Breast Cancer Research.
Iris's delapidated little parasol before restoration.
The early stage of panel one of seven
Fillings completed with net background partially worked
Net background gradually progressing
Almost half way!
First panel completed with extra petals added.
Three of seven panels completed.
Four of seven panels completed.
Five of seven
Six of seven
Detail of completed parasol
A parasol for Iris
I have been asked many times
"Who is Iris"? Initially she was a student of mine, but over the years our
relationship developed into one of great friendship. Iris was taking
the City & Guilds Lacemaking course and came to me for help in
working a needlelace cover for this dilapidated little parasol. What
you don't know is that Iris was a victim of that dreadful disease
breast cancer and she was also one of the hundreds of poor
unfortunates in those early days who had been given too much radium,
which by this time was seriously affecting the use of her arm and
Sadly Iris passed away before she was able to complete the parasol and I
asked if I might have it as I would like to finish it for her. However, with her increasing disability,
the work of two different hands was so marked that I decided to start
from scratch with a design of my own. I felt sure that Iris would
understand and forgive me for not continuing with her design.
I would love to know who the parasol originally belonged to. Perhaps
it was a child, as it is only 13.5" high and approx 14" in diameter,
or maybe it was a carriage parasol? Somehow I don't think so, as it
doesn't fold in the middle like most carriage parasols and I feel it
is too small anyway. Sadly we shall never know its secrets but I hope
that if Iris has been watching its progress, she is pleased with the
You will no doubt have realised by now that Iris was one very special
lady, with a wonderful sense of humour and a true friend who is very
much missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. This little
parasol has taken me some six years from my original design to
completion and has been a true 'Labour of Love' in memory of a very
With help from family and Friends I was able from the sale of greeting cards printed, to donate the sum of £1,512 to Breast Cancer in her memory.
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