If you think feathers are for the birds, think again. The following are just a few of the ways you can bring the natural beauty of feathers into your life:
Today feather boas are enjoying a renaissance in the fashion world. In addition to their use as costumes in the performing arts and in period clothing, boas are finding their way into weddings and onto runways. Of course they are still popular fixtures in Halloween costumes and bachelorette parties, but the availability of high quality feathers such as coque, chandelle, ostrich and peacock is making the boa a must-have for fashionistas. Feathers are also finding their way onto shoes and into earrings, hair extensions, hair pieces and fascinators.
If you’re the DIY type, feathers can be perfect for making jewelry, accenting clothing, and even scrapbooking. Feathers are also ideal for decor ranging from photo frames to stunning object d’art. Need a little light in your life? Take a clear mason jar and place a plastic, non-flammable tea light in the bottom. Fill the jar with feathers of your choice and voila! You now have a beautiful decorative light perfect for a romantic dinner or quiet evening in.
Feathers aren’t just beautiful, they’re also functional. Consider these uses:
• Quills. Long before there were ball point pens, people wrote with ink and quills made from turkey, peacock or guinea feathers. Channel the spirit of Shakespeare and write your next missive with a quill.
• Placemats. Available in peacock, pheasant and guinea, feather placemats add elegance and sophistication to any table.
• Flies (for fishing). Feathers aren’t just for frivolity. Fly fishermen (and women!) use feathers to make their own lures. Rooster, duck and guinea are popular feathers used for fly tying.
No matter how you use them, feathers are a soft, sensual, beautiful option.
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