Major Happy Dance time here with little Leo the stumpwork lion finally complete! Here he is, looking quite pleased with himself on his sunny grassy hill...and ready for his closeup.
The big addition in this post is Leo's elegant wreath. This was another one of the "so that's how they did it" moments. . .as I've seen lots of similar wreathes in historic pieces and tried to figure out exactly how they were constructed.
The process isn't terribly difficult, but it was time consuming. Step one was wrapping silk or silk perle purl around pieces of parchment. . . folding the silk covered parchment into shape, and tacking the finished leaf-like shapes into the wreath outline. The photos below show the wreath in process.
The last steps were scattering sequins around the flower outlines and adding a jaunty tuft to Leo's tail! I'm still pondering whether he needs a little butterfly or flower to keep him company. . . or possibly just a sequin or two scattered around him. But those details can wait. . . probably for quite a while. . . because there's still a lot of work to do on his companion, the little mermaid who has been waiting patiently while Leo took shape.