I can’t believe I finally get to post this project! It took me a lot more time to finish it than I expected and now that it’s done, I feel like a burden has been lifted from my shoulders. Phew! I give you a bunch of quilled jasmine flowers in a vase:
There are a few shrubs of jasmine in the gardens near my flat and for the past weeks, ever since they bloomed, it’s impossible to pass past them without noticing their sweet, delicious fragrance. I love the flowers and getting to see them almost everyday inspired me to try and quill them.
I made the variety with 4 petals, bell-shaped flower. I did a little bit of reading and found out that it belongs to the Oleaceae family (same as the olive trees) and that there are around 200 species, all indigenous to the tropical and warm temperate regions of the Old World. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find anywhere the name of the species I quilled, so I still have to do some research here. Jasmine is the symbolic flower of Damascus which is also known as the City of Jasmine and also the national flower of Hawaii, Indonesia, Pakistan and Phillippines. The jasmine is widely cultivated for its flowers, used either for tea, essential oils, syrup or as decorative plant.
For the quilled jasmine flowers I used 1.5mm wide paper strips, hand cut from 160gsm white paper. They turned out pretty big: for the largest one I rolled 6 paper strips, each 30cm long. I shaped the petals with the mini mold from Quilled Creations, a lovely and extremely useful gift that I got from Pritesh to whom I want to thank again. The center of the flower is similar to the one I made for the blue poppy. For the leaves I used 120gms paper. I recently bought a new shade of dark green which I think goes very well next to the white flowers. For each leaf I glued 2 layers of paper, thus making them very thick, but easy to shape. The whole arrangement, including the vase, is approx. 15cm tall.
I hope you like my quilled jasmine flowers! I’m already thinking of other branches with blooms to quill for my next project. Any suggestions?
I am entering my project to this month challenge on Homyachok blog – A Cluster of Fragrant Flowers.
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