Tuesday 13 August 2013

Quilled rainbow spiral

Quilled rainbow spiral by Philippa Reid
Quilled rainbow spiral, a photo by Philippa Reid on Flickr.

Those of you who have followed me for a while will know that I have a bit of an obsession with spirals. Well, here's my latest one, which I took to the Quilling Guild's 30th Anniversary Celebration of Quilling in Liverpool, UK, on 10 - 11 August 2013.

I used a combination of ring coils, cut ring coils, solid coils and various filigree shapes to create this piece, which was constructed under cling-film over a tracing of the spiral using pins on a mounting board.

The rainbow colours were carefully inserted in sequence, complemented by the inclusion of black and white sections.

To make the spiral outline, I used conjoined strips which I had pre-conditioned to make them curl. The main challenge was 'taming' the curl of the outline strips in order to follow the spiral accurately all the way round.

I'm proud of this piece, as it expresses the deep affinity with spirals and sea-shell patterns that I seem to have within me!

I hope you like it too!


  1. gorgeous design, love all the details and colors. very cheerful !!!!!!

    1. Thanks Paula - it cheered me up to have finished it!!

  2. It's a beautiful creation. Congrats!

  3. Beautiful and unusual, Philippa!
    How big is the finished work (and how long did it take you)?
    Do you live near the sea?

    1. Hi Zoe
      Well, the background is about 21cm square, and it took me about a month to make, working 2-3 hours each afternoon! No, I don't live very near to the sea, but whenever we go to the coast I always love to spend time beach combing and collecting shells ... I have thousands of them on display in my house!
      Thanks for your kind comments

  4. innovative and lovely philippa

  5. Dear Philippa,
    As all your designs, this is unusual and very harmonious.I love it! You are very talented!
    Lucía Sinning

  6. Always your ideas are fresh and great...Love the spiral artwork here...Hats off Philippa for your efforts taken to update the happenings at Liverpool through FB pics...Heartfelt thanks all the way from India :)

  7. So, so pretty! I love the coils inside a coil. Very unique and colorful.



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