First, none of this would be possible without the amazing Lori Anderson. Not only does she put on this party for 500 but she makes three pieces of jewelry for the hop. I barely got one done. Thanks Lori.
And, I also want to thank my fantastic partner, K. Hutchison of Jumbled Hutch, who sent me the soup that inspired this adventure, and what an adventure it has been! Here is what she sent me,
and the few crumbs left over -- K. sent just what I needed.
I hope she found the soup I sent her similarly inspiring. I know she has made something great, looking forward to the reveal.
From the get go this piece had a mind of its own. Plan A was a bit of bead embroidery to frame the focal and a kumi braid with the sari silk but ... sorting thru my stash I found this pretty little raku face and could just see it peaking out of the leaves suggested by the focal. So it was on to plan B, and C . . . I think I've been thru the alphabet twice.
The choker was the hardest thing to get right. I added more silk from my stash and used C-Lon to knot it, macrame-ish, letting the fabric bunch up and create a base with lots of nooks and crannies for beads. I used Shiva Paint Sticks in forest green, turquoise and copper to get the color I wanted it.
In the end, I think it was more than worth effort, how about you?
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