Thursday, 22 March 2012

A 'beehive' birthday garland!

Well, here I am back again after a week of meetings, housework, markets and quilling demos! I don't know where the time goes, but at long last I have been able to get back to a little experimental quilling once again.


Today, I decided to make this card featuring a quilled 'garland' formed out of strips that have been twisted using the so-called 'beehive quilling' technique. I worked with 1.5mm strips for maximum delicacy (fiddly, but worth the effort!), and set about introducing some rows of swirls using a fine slotted tool.

For the stem of the garland, I kept the green twisted strip intact - but for the flowers, I snipped the twisted sections off my purple and white strips and glued the little curls at intervals along the stem. This resulted in a rather floppy garland which was obviously going to be difficult to glue, so I strengthened it by folding the stem back on itself in various places and applying glue in a few spots to hold the folded shape together.

I think the garland looks quite pretty as a complement to some elegant printed typography. This technique might also look good when used to decorate a box or picture frame. I can feel some more experiments coming on ...!

11 comments:

  1. Lovely and the colours are very sweet!Beehive got you too,it's very good!

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  2. So simple and so beautiful! Imaginative use of beehive technique.

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  3. So nice of you to show us how you made this beautiful garland , Philippa.

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  4. WOW your quilling looks like a gentle breeze-- soothing and relaxing!

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  5. what a beautiful creation!
    Greetings Baukje

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  6. This is a beautiful creation!
    I loved it!

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  7. Красива картичка!Винаги харесвам твоите нови идеи!Поздрави!

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  8. that garland is so pretty. It looks perfect on that card

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  9. Thanks everyone for your very kind comments. I try to reply direct to everyone whose e-mail address is listed on Blogger ... for those who aren't, please know that I appreciate your comments very much.

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  10. wow, that's beautiful done. Very delicate

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