Free-standing designs and wall hangings are relatively easy to create, provided you don’t rush in and instead take your time. An example from the Quilling Guild contains quilling, husking and weaving. All these technique elements are brought together to create a wonderful wall hanging that anyone familiar with the basic quilling and husking shapes could make. The weaving is in basic patterns and using this interesting technique adds dimension and depth.

The flowers are simple and eccentric marquise shapes, with yellow huskings for accents. The leaves are green husking and dark green marquise shapes. The yellow accents are tailed scrolls of varying lengths, glued together. Imagine this pretty project with red, orange or light blue flowers—or each flower a different color.

Another type of wall hanging is the wreath. This popular hanging style is well-used for Holidays, as seasonal identifiers and show up in nearly every room in many houses. The example below could be used anywhere, but uses some unique combinations of quilling techniques. The bow is a simple gathering of narrow strips, with a few lightly rolled for a ribbon effect. Leaves are husking shapes and small eccentric marquise shapes. The flowers are teardrops with points to the outside, fringed flowers with centers and fully tufted, and last the orange bunny ears. The use of different types of flower making techniques brings extra interest to this design.

Wall hangings can be quilled works suspended within metal or wooden rings, using thread or ribbon to hold the piece in place. Quillings can be attached to lacework which is clasped and held taut in a needlepoint ring as well.

Any makings for a wreath can have quilled shapes glued to it, creating pieces that can reflect and season, Holiday or area of your home. And the decorations are only limited by your imagination and determination to create something that is yours alone.

We’ll take our flowers one step further, creating free-standing designs that need neither card backing, frame or wall for support.

These designs were based on the original ebook written by Christopher Freville in Solihull, UK. They usually incorporate cork or balsa wood for bases, but anything you dream up can work as well. An integral tool in these arrangements is florists’ wire, available in craft shops. If you are unable to find such wire, you may use any fairly lightweight craft wire—just wrap it in florist green wrap, or tissue to hide the metal.

White eccentric marquise and teardrops are used to simulate a basket, so the cork appears to be the ‘foot’ of it. The flowers are twisted roses, small tufted flowers and very small bunny ears with tight coil centers. The leaves are cut-edged and scribed. All shapes are mounted to wires and pushed into the craft styrofoam.

Teresa Leys and Claire Harris are joint authors of Quilling Magic. Learn how to quill by going to Claire’s website.

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