I used this piece of fabric as a shawl, and it became a vital part of my dress-up wardrobe when I wanted to play Gypsies with my younger sisters. (The Hunchback of Notre Dame came out when I was 11, and I became fascinated by gypsies for a while.) It was never hemmed, just had a short fringe from where it had been torn along the grain to create the rectangle.
I have decided to incorporate this unassuming yellow shawl into my grown-up costume wardrobe, as well. First it needs to be washed, as in the intervening years it has developed a few stains and acquired several black animal hairs - both from my old dog, Chewie, and my current cat, Jazz.
|Maybe I shouldn't let her use a box of fabrics as a bed...|
|This photo - without flash - shows the truest color.|
I was originally thinking a floral pattern similar to this, in red and green:
But now I'm leaning more towards all black embroidery for a more dramatic effect. Maybe some leafy vines like this:
My plan is to focus the majority of the design along both short ends, with a smaller border running along one long edge. I'm thinking it'll look something like this when I'm finished:
What do you think, oh blogosphere? What color(s) and design should I choose? Leave me a comment with your suggestions!