In yesterday's post, I talked about the medallion graphics I discovered on the excellent Graphics Fairy site, and how I've been working on some card designs combining them with quilling.
Well here's my latest card, in which I have attempted to replicate a section of one of the medallion patterns using paper strips ... and which has led me to try and push the boundaries of the husking technique just a little bit:
This is the section of pattern in the uppermost medallion that I wanted to partially replicate:
While studying it, I realised that I would not be able to reproduce the ribbed 'fan' section using the traditional method of alternate side looping, because the ribs lie in parallel to one another rather than all linking back to a shared central point.
So I decided to create each rib separately using a single loop around a pair of needles, using a tiny spot of glue to close it at the base. Having completed the first rib, I re-inserted the needles right next to it for the next one (following the curve of the pattern) and created a new loop which is attached to the first with just a little trace of glue along the side. Each subsequent rib was then created and attached separately in this way.
Each rib has a tiny loop at the bottom where my strip was secured to the base needle, and I think this creates quite an attractive pattern in the finished motif. What do you think?