Prototyping is an important step in the process to see what the final product will look like. For garment patterns, I use an inexpensive fabric for creating the prototype. It has to be a very similar type of fabric for draping purposes. The pieces become a drawing surface in itself as I write any adjustments directly on it. However for prototyping smaller projects such as a stocking I use the actual final fabric...the confidence comes from years of working with textiles, knowing my own limitations, many mistakes along the way which were invaluable learning experiences & discovering that changing horses is OK. My first try did not turn out as I imagined but rather than wrestle with it, I put it aside to become a new design later & started a new draft.
A productive afternoon was spent re-organizing my studio to prepare for a new day tomorrow. All the fabrics, trims, embellishments, notions & sundry tools that get pulled out over time for various projects needed to be put away. Somehow things seem to collect in piles during busy periods - even new acquisitions don't always make it out of the shopping bag. So from the chaos of piles back to an orderly arrangement with everything grouped & tucked away...looking forward to beginning refreshed in the morn.