Every time I've been asked its been "oh well if I knit the feathers
Fortunately for all of us Margaret had one of those lightbulb moments. "Ah now high in my storage space over the toilet I have a very large fan ......"
Brilliant thinking 99. And the minute I saw this fan I knew it was better than right. A beautiful cherry blossom tree on one side and a not so marvellous drawing on the other.
The cherry blossom tree side painted silver, plus some lace to make the feathers long enough - perfect for the peacock's back facing side.
Under inspection again - this time from the inanimate peacock obviously anxious to see his feathers - believe me, in less than two weeks this weird object will indeed be a beautiful peacock!
And because I'm hooked on it here's a detail of said fan showing the beginning of the lace extensions. When I say lace, each round piece is cut from a chinese crochet tablecloth. I think it will pick up well on the circular filigree in the fan. This will be the back facing side of the peacock feathers, and, I love the cherry blossom so much it will be developed further on the back of the peacock. After all as it has four legs I think I have the freedom to forget all logic and let my imagination run wild.
The front can wait for another day.