Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Winged Butterfly Scarf

Wet wing butterflies have just shed their cocoons. Startled in the Light, they fan their wings. You can only see them for a short while. Wings dry quickly and off they go.

And so it is with these one-of-a-kind scarves, shimmering in the light with soft iridescent colors! And hand painted into the design with soft metallic gold lines ~ scrolls the name of your loved one.

Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Winged Butterfly Scarf

Of course butterflies signify metamorphosis, renewal and rebirth. Perhaps more significantly, they help us find Joy in Life and Light.

During Breast Cancer Awareness September and October, I will be taking orders for these limited edition chiffon scarves. The last day to order is October 31!!! The scarves take weeks to make, so I have scheduled hand painting in November. You can expect shipping by Thanksgiving. (First come, first served.)

Butterflies Scarf
Butterflies Scarf is hand painted chiffon


The Butterfly scarf is a special tribute to my mom as Joy’s Garden takes flight. The light airy chiffon floats in the slightest breeze. ORDER>

10% will be donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Pauline B. Fagan

Pauline B. Fagan
Pauline B. Fagan

While my mother ill, I found solace painting in secluded gardens. There was nothing I could do to stop her cancer. But somehow painting helped me move from one day to the next.

Pauline was an avid gardener. She LOVED gardening. She taught me to prune, root cuttings, arrange flowers, pull weeds, and to see my world as a garden.

Pauline taught me to sew, to think about how the pattern pieces all fit together, to design it the way I envisioned. She taught me to design my own patterns, to fit my design to the fabric. And she encouraged me to paint, took watercolor classes with me when I was too young to drive myself.

I wish she could see Joy’s Garden! It’s all the things she loved, and taught me to love. I can feel her smiling down on me as I sew scarves these on her 1960 Pfaff machine!

Butterflies Scarf


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Join me in my Virtual Studio from Tuscany

Join me in my Virtual Studio from Tuscany

I will be demonstrating in watercolor & oil paint from Poggio Alla Croce.

Dorothy Fagan painting in Tuscany
My heart melts every time I see the view from my balcony in Tuscany. My easel stays here day and night, sunrise sunset!

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Watercolor journaling is fun for sketching and quick ideas on the run. I like to take a small one in my bag, so it’s handy and easy to paint on the fly. I do a lot of this in cafes and restaurants, on a park bench over looking the gardens, or while hiking in the village.

Plein Air Painting in Tuscany

plein air in TuscanyPainting in the Vineyards

I know people are curious as to the colors I am using and how I know what to mix together to get my colors. I will be sharing this and more. This photo is from my last visit in 2015 to northern Tuscany in Grassina.


This quick oil sketch didn’t turn out as I wished. My phone interrupted my train of inspiration with a family issue. It’s important to stop and be there when family calls ~ even in Italy!

Leap Frogs

HeartLand c2017 Dorothy Fagan
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Everyone loves the feeling of leap-frogging with inspiration. An amazing series of them led me from the plein air painting above to this painting called, Heart Land. I know you can see how both paintings are focused on a heart centered in the landscape.

This is really what I was after when I went to Italy two years ago. I wished to absorb the Tuscany Lifestyle into my art and life ~ and I believe this is what it looks like for me!

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I used my CreativSOUP Method to spur the leap-frogs along. The more I stirred the pot, the faster those leap frogs jumped to mind. I will be setting up my oil palette and packing my painting gear over the next few days.

Join me for a Virtual Painting Workshop in Tuscany!


Create Something Beautiful for an Emerging Butterfly

Create Something Beautiful with Your Heart & Soul

When Mom was ill, she enjoyed wearing these soft, comfortable head wraps around the house. As I was finishing a blouse with my new Emerging Wings matte jersey, my son told me of a family member with cancer. There was enough left over from my top to make a cap for her.

It’s actually how I realized Mom was still present. As I sewed I could feel her piercing every fiber of my being as the needle stitched through these soft, stretchy layers of fabric. “Of course butterflies signify metamorphosis, renewal and rebirth! Oh Mom ~ I hear you!”

Wet wing butterflies have just emerged from their cocoons. Blinded by the light, they pause to fan their wings for a moment. They are off to help us find joy in life and Light in every day.

This is how I came to know that this collection of Emerging Wings Fabrics would be unveiled on her 88th birthday September 5 for Breast Cancer Awareness ~ and that I would create the Pauline B. Fagan Vitality Program in her honor.

 Emerging Wings Fabric Collection

I challenge you to create something beautiful with one or more of these coordinated mix & match fabrics. There are cottons and silky for blouses and dresses or chiffon to create a scarves or a canopy for your grand daughter’s bed, or a fairy princess dress. Add some shimmering iridescent fabric paint and voila ~ you’ll be the grandma with glitter!

Create Something Beautiful for an Emerging Butterfly

There is minky to create a no-sew baby blanket or cheater quilt. Or cotton sateen to make pillows and a bedspread. There is even eco canvas to make a durable kid-proof floor pillow, duffle bag, or laundry hamper. Here are a few more ideas with white glove sewing service!

I have 4 grand daughters and 4 daughters-in-law ~ and they’re all getting wings for Christmas!

I know you have an emerging butterfly in your family. Don’t miss this chance to create some magic for her!


I made two turban scarves for my friend who has cancer. The pattern is really easy. I made a couple for her in less than an hour.

Wet Wings Butterflies Hat

You’ll need a bit less to a bit more than 5/8 yard per turban, depending on the size. Cut one each of the three pieces (turban, band, and tab) according to the chart. Note that all sizes use the same size tab. You must use stretch knit fabric and cut the pieces using the crosswise grain. You can use a sewing machine zigzag stitch but serging is simplest and quickest. The seam allowance is approximately 1/2″.

Cut Size Turban Band Tab
Small 20 1/2” x 8” 20 1/2” x 5” 5” x 4”
Medium 22” x 9” 22” x 5” 5” x 4”
Large 24” x 10” 24” x 5” 5” x 4”


crosswise stretch of knit fabric
  1. Fold the band in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Serge it to one of the long sides of the turban piece, right side together.

2. Fold the banded turban piece in half crosswise, right sides together. Serge, beginning at the banded edge, rounding off the back corner point, and stopping 1″ before reaching the front folded edge. The tab will be inserted through this opening later. Secure thread tails and turn the turban right sides out.

  1. Perpendicular to the back seam allowance fold up and pin three tucks approximately 3/4″ deep. Stitch in the ditch of the seam allowance to secure these tucks. (If the fabric is too thick to stitch on your machine, hand-sew along the seam using a large needle and upholstery or quilting thread.)
  1. Fold the tab in half lengthwise, right sides together and serge the seam. Turn the tab right sides out and rotate it so that the seam is centered on the underside. Slip the tab through the opening in the turban seam. Fold up and stack tucks along the front seam from the lower band edge to the opening. (These tucks are similar to those at the back except they’re stacked and not secured with stitching in the ditch.) Wrap the tab around the tucks and sew the tab ends by machine, right sides together. Rotate the tab seam allowance underneath the turban and tack it by machine to the center front seam allowance. This connection will prevent any see-through gap between the tab and the turban.
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