I shouldn't really say it's done since the "hangers" and the leaves are just pinned on, but I wanted to see how it looked before doing the hand work. This piece is different from anything I've ever attempted. I started with a pretty vague idea after looking at some photos of eucalyptus trees taken at UCLA last March with my grandson. I loved the colors and texture of the bark. Later, as I was reorganizing my fiber drawer I and came across two packets of silk "stuff" that whispered an idea . . . I'm calling it "Eucalyptus Dreams."
The leaves were constructed by sewing leaf shapes on two layers of bamboo batting, cutting them out and then painting them with grayish shades of green. I hand sewed the clusters together with linen thread. Puzzling out how to hang the piece sent me to a nearby arboretum; I came home with several pieces of fallen eucalyptus branches. (The other pieces are sitting outside waiting--perhaps a series?)