Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Quilling with parallel huskings

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?


  1. Beautiful greeting card, but the previous one is more beautiful to me. I'm just honest. :)))

    1. Thanks Gordana, and actually I agree with you!

  2. wooooooooooow.....really really unique design...
    love it so much....


  3. I do like the first one more, but I also like how you reproduced the design on this one, maybe leaving the outline off that goes around the loops, just a thought!!!

  4. very nicely done. great idea to do it that way

  5. nice! it looks great on that card!

  6. Thanks for showing us how you did it. Lovely pattern.

  7. Seems like the jury is still out on this one LOL! (In fact, I also think I prefer the first one myself!) Thank you all for your lovely comments.

  8. This is so creative. Love it.




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