I've had a lovely grey and white floral silk extra large dress and jacket edged trimmed with bugle beads found in a thrift shop a while back; I used it as a backing with white wool and white Uzbek silk on top for a nuno wrap. Although it had scrumptious texture and shimmer - I have to admit it was a little blah - so what do? Hand paint of course!!! Now I'm thrilled. Such a difference and you can see the grey/white peeking out at the neckline took on a soft periwinkle tone too. Next up - a fancy closure!