Quilled Cherries Tutorial

I am finally posting the quilled cherries tutorial I promised awhile ago! I have to apologize it took me so long, I managed to finish the project last week, but I didn’t have the time to also prepare the photos and the text for the mini class. The weather also didn’t help very much, it’s been very cloudy for the past days and it still is.

Quilled Cherry Branches in a Shadowbox Frame

Quilled Cherry Branches in a Shadowbox Frame

 Quilled Cherries Tutorial

For each cherry you will need 6 paper strips, 160gsm, 1.5mm wide. Glue them 3 by 3 and you will end up with 2 long strips, each measuring approx. 90cm. Continue reading →

Quilled Vanilla Orchid (Vanilla Planifolia)

Quilled Vanilla Orchid with Real Vanilla Pods.

The project that I want to share today is one full of delicious fragrance and aroma: a quilled vanilla orchid to which I’ve attached real vanilla pods!

Quilled Vanilla Orchid in a Shadowbox Frame

Quilled Vanilla Orchid in a Shadowbox Frame

The Vanilla genus is part of the orchid family and consists of approximately 110 species. Of all these, the most widely known is the Vanilla Planifolia – the Flat-leaved Vanilla, or even shorter, plain Vanilla. Native to Central America and called tlilxochitl by the Aztecs, it was introduced to Hernan Cortes by Montezuma in 1520 and from there found its way to Europe. Today, it is cultivated and exported mainly from Madagascar, Reunion, Mexico and Indonesia. Continue reading →

Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie – A Book Review

Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie – A Book Review

I have been admiring Cecelia Louie‘s modern approach to quilling for a long time and I was always impressed by her simple, yet effective and expressive designs. Her one of a kind, unique, out of the ordinary projects make her style immediately recognizable. Needless to say, I was so happy when I found out that she wrote and published a book with paper quilling tutorials, Pretty Quilled Cards,  to share with us some of her secrets and techniques!

They say “never judge a book by its covers”, but this time I can assure you that the beautiful picture with quilled cherry blossoms is a great indication for the other wonderful projects inside it.

Pretty Quilled Cards - Book Cover

I find that the title is a little bit misleading, as there are some layouts who fall outside the card category, like the cupcake toppers, wine glass charms, gift tags and a framed name plaque. Over 25 creative designs for all occasions await paper enthusiasts to try their hand on them and learn new things in the process. I absolutely love the fact that even the border for the contents page is quilled! Continue reading →

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