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Post  Gazongola on Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:07 am

This is my new umbrella, which I got for the princely sum of £5. It is in need of a little TLC, so any advice on how to repair it is appreciated. The handle is tipped with London hallmarked silver (that black thing in need of polish) and the handle and shaft are a sort of bamboo.It is a bit dirty, but should wash off and probably best if I waterproof it too.

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You can see the holes in the top. Not sure how to go about patching them. I don't want to get it recovered, I want to try to restore the original material.
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Re: My 'new' umbrella

Post  Gadd on Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:58 am

Blast it! Why do I have to live in an area that has less history than a bowel movement!? Mad

Can't find anything even remotely resembling an antique in this place. Too damned... new. Crying or Very sad
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Post  Silas Morgan on Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:42 am

After having the sun's nasty hot burning rays beat down upon my head: even though I was wearing a good quality pith helmet for the occasion.... at Burning Man this year....I defiantly want to take a bumpershoot with me next year.... maybe a nice tan with some gears or something painted upon it.....

Not as cool as you find.... but still something workable......
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Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:25 pm

Nicely found, Gazongola!
For patching the top, could you perhaps glue some sturdy, mayching fabric in from below? If not there's stitching...I'm not sure what advice to offer, other than that.

What kind of a place can you be in, Gadd, that has no past?

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Post  Zwack on Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:37 pm

If you can find some suitable material your best bet might be to cut a disk (or square or polygon) from material, (preferably) remove the ferrule from the end, and sew the material in place covering the holes. Replace the ferrule, and waterproof the material again. That will keep the original material intact as much as possible, will cover the holes, is reversible if better techniques for Umbrella restoration come along...

If you can't remove the ferrule then you could cut/sew around the middle too, but it might not work as well.

I hope that this helps,

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Post  Gazongola on Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:14 pm

I was thinking something along those lines.
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Post  Steamblast Mary on Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:50 pm

Yep, I'd agree. Stitch and/or patch new fabric over the tears to reinforce them, then add a hemmed circle (hexagon/octogan depending on how many panels there are) of fabric over the top. No need to sew it down completely, just secure with a few stitches where the edge reaches each of the spokes, like it's vented.

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Post  Earl Levi Halvorsen on Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:26 pm

Steamblast Mary wrote:Yep, I'd agree. Stitch and/or patch new fabric over the tears to reinforce them, then add a hemmed circle (hexagon/octogan depending on how many panels there are) of fabric over the top. No need to sew it down completely, just secure with a few stitches where the edge reaches each of the spokes, like it's vented.

I do not know anything about repairing umbrellas, but when I read the suggestions to patch the holes, and then cover the patches with a circular piece of material, something occurred to me.

Those are good suggestions, and is probably your best bet. Replacing the entire piece of material would be VERY time consuming. BUT. I am reminded of the following;

"No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse"
Mark 2:21

Without getting into the religion of it... I am sure that was used as an example for a darn good reason.

Have you tried to find a piece of used material.. something from an old dress or something to patch it?
That would be my first thought of the type of material to patch it with. Things shrink after they get wet and redry, Perfect atmospheric conditions on an umbrella.
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Post  Herr Döktor on Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:55 am

If it's a Fox, they'll recover it for a fee; they are very good people, who have been in business for a damn long time, and are particularly helpful- they can be contacted via their website:

http://www.foxumbrellas.com/

Great brolly, by the way, and remember 'Everyone laughs at the man with the umbrella, until it starts raining!'

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Post  Gazongola on Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:34 am

I honestly have no idea who the manufacturer is.
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Post  Abraxas on Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:47 am

I like it, sir.
In fact, I'd be of a mind to simply leave the holes, or at least make the patches obvious so that it looked a little worn and ragged. 'Course, sporting a brolly always makes me feel a bit like mary poppins, and I tend to feel like I should confront the nasty weather face to face -- at the cost of being wet and cold.
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Post  Gazongola on Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:31 pm

Ah, but a gent is nowt without his brolly.
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Re: My 'new' umbrella

Post  Gadd on Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:22 am

Prof. George of Chaos wrote:Nicely found, Gazongola!
For patching the top, could you perhaps glue some sturdy, mayching fabric in from below? If not there's stitching...I'm not sure what advice to offer, other than that.

What kind of a place can you be in, Gadd, that has no past?

It's not that it doesn't have a past. I've asked around, and pretty much every antique shop closed down years ago. Since this is a military town, there are no real permanent residents, and thus new stores are opening up all the time. Antique stores never got enough business, and couldn't stay afloat.
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Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:34 pm

Ah, I begin to see. I feel your pain. Do you explore much? It's quite surprising what one comes across in abandoned places, sometimes.

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Post  Gadd on Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:50 pm

That's also a problem. When a store closes down, someone else just buys the building, so there's nothing left behind.

I've counted all of the abandoned buildings I've seen in this town. The number? Two. Yes, two.
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Post  Steamblast Mary on Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:58 pm

Gadd wrote:That's also a problem. When a store closes down, someone else just buys the building, so there's nothing left behind.

I've counted all of the abandoned buildings I've seen in this town. The number? Two. Yes, two.


You say that like it's a bad thing. Abandoned places can be intriging, true, but better a row of generic open stores than a parade of empty, desolate buildings.

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Post  Gadd on Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:51 pm

It would be nice. If they weren't all stuff I never use. I mean, c'mon. How many liquor stores does a guy need?
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Post  Sir Nikolas Vendigroth on Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:42 pm

chris, once you've polished up hte ferrule, send me some pictures of the hallmarks, I've got a book that might help trace when it was made.

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Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Sun Sep 28, 2008 3:35 am

I concurr with Mary...Have you thouroughly explored the two you do have? If so perhaps some touring further afield is in order.

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Post  Gazongola on Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:15 am

Sir Nikolas Vendigroth wrote:chris, once you've polished up hte ferrule, send me some pictures of the hallmarks, I've got a book that might help trace when it was made.

Well I know it was made in London as it has a London hallmark, but other than that all it has is the date letter and omething else. And the hallmark is quite worn. But I shall do.
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