A new flower blooms

DSCF6554I’ve used the ‘sandwich’ edging that I described in my earlier post to make a border for a new quilled flower which I was inspired to make by Cecelia Louie in her recent tutorial for creating outline flowers – you can find it on her ‘Paper Zen’ blog here.

I’ve always admired Cecelia’s work, and even more so since writing a review of her excellent new book Pretty Quilled Cards which appeared on my old Quilliance blog here. Cecelia created a flower by rolling a coil, pressing it unglued into a teardrop shape and then cutting through the rounded end to create lots of little petal-shaped segments. Great idea! I made some coils using two pink strips glued together along their length for extra strength, and chose to make my own cut through the pinched points to produce rounded petals. Like Cecelia, I then set about creating a flower using these little sections of curved pink strip, grouped around a central coil in a gently asymmetric fashion, just as you would see in nature. I have secured each petal with TINY little dots of glue on the ends, assembling the whole bloom on a clingfilm-covered board with pins.

My flower is edged with little white teardrops, all bordered around with a length of crimped purple strip.

I’ve always thought that cutting coils offers a great deal of creative potential. It reminded me of the ‘cut eccentric coils’ which I experimented with a few years ago – you can read about them here and here. Also, I really love the unusually open style that sections of gently curved, on-edge strips bring to quilling.

I was wondering what to do with this flower, and have decided to mount it on to a card ready to take to The Quilling Guild‘s forthcoming Annual General Meeting and Display of Work at Dereham, Norfolk, UK, in September. (Read all about it here.) The Guild is aiming to create a display of the greatest number of quilled flowers in one place which we hope may one day form part of a Guinness World Record attempt. Our initial target is 1,000 flowers, so there is still a lot of quilling to be done!


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pilynunez
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 16:47:33

    Impeccable work, beautiful design, interesting mix of techniques. In conclusion: I loved it.



  2. Cecelia
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 20:00:51

    What a neat combination you’ve made Philippa! I like how you’ve combined a random petal flower with a precisely made element. Thanks for sharing your “cut eccentric coil” techniques too. There’s so much to quill and so little time. I wish I lived a little closer to the UK to join you all, but at least I got a preview here. 😀



  3. Bronwyn
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 00:41:12

    As always, your innovation is amazing



  4. lucsincas
    Jul 13, 2014 @ 20:51:31

    As always, your design is very original and extremely well made.Congratulations!



  5. Molly Smith
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 01:48:29

    I love it and enjoyed reading how you assembled the flower and border. I have saved your new blog. Congrats on finishing a 7 mo project. WOW! I’ll watch for news about it, Philippa! hugs xo



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