- Time. Everything of mine requires gluing, painting, drying, sewing… All of which use a lot of time. And we only have about 7 weeks left in the semester, so I need to be even more aggressive about my schedule. I expect getting the lace to be the correct size then attaching it to the frame using both sewing and gluing is going to take the most amount of time. I’ll find out how long it’s going to take on Friday!
- Materials. Right now I’m operating under the assumption that everything I need I can obtain from Joanns, Michaels, or Target. I mostly only need crafting supplies and lace fabric, but if they don’t have them, then I’ll need to order them from online and once again, time becomes my constraint.
- Waterproofing. This is the most worrisome material because I’m still not sure where I can easily obtain a plastic cover, or if there’s a better method using some kind of waterproofing spray that can also fill in holes in lace that is also completely colorless and transparent. I’m not even sure how to attach the plastic cover if I get one because I don’t know if glue will look nice, but I also cannot pierce it with a needle for sewing.
- Keeping the umbrella functional after putting the lace on. I’m very worried that I won’t be able to attach the lace in a way that both keeps it on the frame in a taut manner but also won’t rip or tear off from the force of an auto open. The lace is going to be under quite a bit of stress when it’s open, but I can’t give it very much slack or else it won’t look right. It will be a bit of a delicate balance.
- Hidden method of closing umbrella. Right now I can secure the umbrella closed using a strap and velcro, but I don’t really like that look. I’ll have to find something transparent that isn’t obvious when it’s open.
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