The gigantic parasol that I saw at the Filature Houard showroom reminded me of the work of my Swiss friend, Midian.
Midian is a fellow spinner. She is also a fabulous lace knitter who specializes in shawls, but her parasol creation is nothing less than breath-taking.
Midian calls it the troll umbrella, after the Scandinavian folklore of supernatural beings thought of as giants (or sometimes, dwarfs). It is an umbrella with 10 panels fitted over the frame of an antique one that she restored.
See Midian's home -- which is wired with cameras -- here. The interior evokes the same romantic character as knitted lace.