was 8 years old, I learned to crochet - a potholder out of
yarn first, then a doily out of thread. I was mesmerized by
the idea of creating something beautiful. And thus began my
creative journey. Since then I have tried many crafts. Some
were fads whose popularity (and availability of supplies)
came and went. Many are traditional crafts and variations
on them. All are self-taught. Among my favorites: crochet;
counted cross-stitch; Christmas ornaments and decorations;
and quilling, the most artistically satisfying of them all.
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Etsy Team Challenge
On Etsy, teams are formed based on some commonality - type of craft,
location of crafters, etc. My favorite team is the PaperTwirlies
Team. Occasionally we have challenges - it promotes team commaraderie
and induces creativity. The current challege, as posted on the PaperTwirlies
Blog, is to create a quilled item inspired from a quilt
design by Clothscapes, using any picture in the listing and/or
any aspect of it as inspiration.
The quilt design
is a square spiral with many colors and shades of color. My imagination
drifted to the spiral aspect and that made me think of the chambered
nautilus. This cephalopod lives in tropical waters extending from
Burma to Fiji and from southern Japan to the Great Barrier Reef
(Austrailia). During the day, it resides in dark, cool waters 900
to 2,000 feet deep; at night, it ascends to waters 300 to 500 feet
deep to feed. As the animal grows, it expands its living space,
adding internal chambers in a perfect logarithmic spiral. The body
is situated in the last (largest) chamber with up to 90 slim tentacles
My entry in
the challenge is an interpretive nautilus. It uses several colors/shades
to create the chambers, off-white strips to create the spiral, and
it's mounted on black to represent the depth at which they reside.
white paper as in the quilt to emphasize the spiral, I lined up
5 strips and staggered them a quarter inch from the same end. After
gluing them this way, I started at the glued end to roll a tiny
tight circle, leaving the remainder free for now (loose ends). This
is the center of the nautilus.
I rolled 28 circles in different colors/shades in the same order
as they appear on the quilt: blues, aquas, greens, yellows, oranges,
reds and purples. The circles needed to be in slightly increasing
size. My circles template was key to this - every hole from 1/8
inch to 3/4 inch was used. Length of the paper strips ranged from
1.5 inches for the smallest to 18" for the largest. (I think
I bought this template at an office supply store or back-to-school
sale - an online search for "circles template" will help
you locate them).
the smallest colored circle and adding in order of size, I glued
them around the center bringing the white strips around as I progressed.
Each colored circle is glued to the white strip "below"
it and to the white strip "above" it when that strip is
brought around. After one round, I added another white strip, and
after the second round, I added another. Pins help.
I wrapped the
first of the 7 loose ends around the last colored circled and glued
it in place. Each of the next 5 loose ends was spaced evenly across
that last circle and glued. The last one was glued where it ended
when it was wrapped.
After the glue
dried completely, I trimmed the white strips. Then I oh-so-carefully
glued the entire nautilus to an 8" by 8" piece of black
cardstock. I must say, I'm pleased with the results!
from the back, create a "frame" for the
piece - I wanted a 2-inch long tear-drop, and coins
make good templates. Wrap about 5 times. Very carefully
use glue from a fine-tipped nozzle on the back edge
to seal the pieces together and reinforce/stabilize
the outline. While it's drying...
the slotted tool about 1/2" from the end of
a strip of quilling paper (most designs will take
2-3 strips glued end-to-end). Turn the tool a few
times, tucking the end inside the coil you are making.
Remove the tool and place it about an inch from
the curl you just made; roll in the opposite direction
until the 2nd curl touches the first. Repeat for
the length of the strip.
the curls into the frame, tucking & wrapping
until the shape is filled to your satisfaction (may
not take all the curls on the strip - don't force
ModPodge or a sealer to stablize the piece. Dab
it on with a small sponge brush, front and back
if using regular ("unedged") paper, back
only if the paper has a gold, silver, etc., edge.
findings and a fish-hook or neck chain to compete
the piece. Enjoy
wearing it - or give it to a treasured friend!
Mother's Day Cards
a bunch of cameos I wanted to use in my quilling creations.
What better time than mother's day to use them to make cards?
pink, blue and black-on-ivory designs, I used off-center circles
and teardrops to create a light and airy effect - very pretty,
if I do say so myself! Bonus - check out the matching needlepoint
boxes linked to in the listings for the pink and blue cards
- a really special gift set.
Click on any picture to see that item in my Etsy
Shop (better photos in the links).