November 30, 2008

Mauna Loa ~ Days 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 & 40

Ohelo Berries
Ohelo Berries
After my last update on Mauna Loa, I thought I was almost done and that attaching the ferns and flowers would have been just a day or two of work. Wishful thinking!
Attaching the embellishments turned out to be a major pain.
The ferns are as floppy as fringes, so I had to stitch them down also from their tips, not just the bases (otherwise they would have twisted and hanged down towards the bottom of the necklace). Wouldn't have been a big deal, if I'd planned it in advance and I had left one of the threads at their tips, instead of passing it through the center to bring it down at the base with the other end thread. 
Fortunately I still had enough space inside those 15/0s to make another passage and bring it carefully back up to the tips.
I also had to build a sort of "lava" nest around the Proteas to secure them in a way that they would stand up without moving around.
The whole process took a long time, especially because several places in the base necklace had the beads already stuffed with thread passages and I wanted to secure everything passing through it at least twice.
Anyways...the necklace is almost done, but I still have a couple of places that look bare and I don't like the way the ferns look in those spots, so I decided to make some Ohelo Berries to fill those areas.
I had to fiddle around a little to figure out how to make the tiny oval leaves, but I'm happy with the end result.
If everything goes well, tomorrow, or after tomorrow I will be able to post the finished piece. :-)


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