Chunky weight silk - I think I'll call it Cherry Blossom. Or something less trite as soon as I think of it. (My husband suggests Bear Tongue. Since our big black buddy has taken up residence across the road from us again this year, we have many opportunities to examine bear anatomy - sometimes closer than is strictly comfortable. He likes to recline beside the path to the school bus and eat dandelions in the sunshine.)
There were aspects that turned out differently than the picture in my head, which provides a starting point to modify and experiment further, but I am totally tickled that it is a useable skein of yarn. (I was prepared for the likelihood that I would have to overdye the first 10 or so skeins black just to salvage the fibre from hideousness. Of course, this dire expectation in no way discouraged me from diving right in with the good stuff - go figure.)
One set of leaves became a necklace on a handmade chain:
The metal in this case is titanium, which is a pewterish gray with a nice soft sheen. It has the advantage of being a non-tarnishing metal, but it is also unfortunately hell to work with, and I do so love silver. So if nobody minds, I thought I would engage in a wee bit of brainstorming / market research (which I mostly try not to do on the blog). I would love to make these with silver (the chain etc., not the leaves) but my fear is that potential customers would find the intimate juxtaposition of textile with tarnishing metal off-putting. I could envision edging them with fine silver, which would settle into a warm gold-brown patina over time, and pairing it with an oxidized silver chain - an occasional go at the chain with a polishing cloth would be all that would be necessary to keep the highlights bright. One could not, however, use dips or chemical cleaners. So my question is - off the top of your head, if you were shopping for jewellery, would a necklace combining silver and handpainted silk strike you as too much hassle?