Fortunately, it worked very well. Here's the finished piece, casting beautiful shadows under the multiple gallery lights. I think it's probably the best piece in the show, from a purely aesthetic viewpoint.
I'm also happy to report that somebody liked it well enough to buy it -- and best of all, it's somebody who had been reading about the difficult genesis of this piece on the blog. So she'll always know how much I wanted it to come into being.
Update: I'm posting this to Nina Marie's weekly blog roundup -- check it out to see what other fiber artists have been doing this week.