No problem, I told the client. In fact, I had a marvelous crewel embroidery peacock from an upscale drapery sample that I’d been dying to use.
Oh, and you need to use blues and purple.
Now that was a problem–my big, beautiful peacock had none of those colors.
Secondly, I tore strips of a pale sea-foam linen that picked up a color in the bird. After pressing, each torn edge was zigzagged over half of the selvage fringe–more insurance to keep the unstable fringe fabric from raveling away.
Finally, vintage rick-rack was sewn on top, well, just because I love its clean simple look.