Quilled Snowflake Pattern and Quilled Christmas Ornaments

It's becoming a tradition to feature Beth Reece's beautiful quilling each December. You'll find previous posts here: quilled Christmas ornaments and mandalas and here: quilled wreath, but before clicking over, enjoy these quilled tree ornaments she's been making this holiday season.

Quilled Wreath

Beth uses metallic-edge quilling paper to great effect and often adds strips she runs through a paper crimper.

Quilled Ornament

She likes to glue on Swarovski flat back crystals as they catch the light and sparkle.

Quilled Mandala Ornament

 Quilled Angel

Cute birds! She used the quilling beehive technique to fill in the largest one's body.

Quilled Bird Ornaments

Beth even found time to make all of these little red poinsettias to hang individually.
 
Quilled Poinsettias

She loves to make quilled snowflakes too, as this showstopper wreath proves.

Quilled Snowflake Wreath

I asked Beth if she would share one of her patterns and lucky for us, she agreed - thank you, Beth! This snowflake measures about 2.5 inches across - beautiful, yet not too complicated for beginners.

Quilled Snowflake Tutorial

If you're new to the art, this quilling 101 tutorial I wrote goes over basic techniques and tools. There's no need to buy quilling paper if you would like to get started right away. 1/8 inch strips cut from a sheet of printer paper will be fine for practice; use a paper cutter or a cutting mat, craft knife, and metal ruler. True quilling paper is a little thicker and softer than printer paper, and strips measure 17-25 inches in length depending on the manufacturer. Beth likes to use Quilled Creations Bright White paper to make snowflakes as it is a bit heavier than other brands. You might want to print out a lined grid to use as a guide while assembling coils so your snowflake will be balanced.

This snowflake design includes eccentric teardrops - referring to photo, they are the coils with pointed tips, and V scrolls.

To make an eccentric teardrop:
Work on a corkboard or circle template. Pull the center of a loose (round) coil to one side with a straight pin. Push two pins into cork, one on each side of the coil, to secure the center. (Just one pin is needed for the circle template as it has a recessed lip to push against.) Apply a tiny amount of glue to this spot. When glue has dried, remove the pins. This new shape is called an eccentric loose coil. Pinch a sharp point opposite the glued area to create an eccentric teardrop.

To make a V scroll:
Fold strip in half and roll ends inward toward fold.

Ready, set, go!

Make the bottom layer:
1. Make a 10-inch (that's the strip length) eccentric teardrop. (make 12)
2. Make a 5-inch V scroll. (make 6)
3. Refer to photo:
a. Glue the base of a V scroll to the base of a 10-inch eccentric teardrop. Glue the V scroll ends to each side of the teardrop tip. (make 6) 
b. Glue these eccentric teardrop/V scroll combos in a circle with tips pointing outward.
c. Glue the base of a 10-inch eccentric teardrop between a V scroll's coiled ends. (repeat 6 times)

Make the top layer:
4. Crimp a ten-inch strip. Roll crimped strip on quilling tool and glue end.
5. Make a 5-inch eccentric teardrop. (make 6)
6. Refer to photo:
a. Glue the 5-inch eccentric teardrops around the crimped coil with points facing outward, spacing them evenly.
b. Glue this layer to the center of the bottom layer.

7. Glue a 5 mm crystal at the center of the crimped coil.
8. Glue a 3 mm crystal between each 5-inch eccentric teardrop. (6)

Here's a pretty variation... Beth sprinkled on clear micro-beads for a frosted look. She sometimes uses silver-edged or holofoil-edged strips to make snowflakes too.

Quilled Snowflake with Microbeads

To create a hanging loop for your ornament, fold a ten inch piece of fine metallic cord in half, insert the loop end through the tip of one outermost eccentric teardrop, catching a couple of the inner spirals for extra strength, bring the tails through the loop, and tie tails in a knot.

You might enjoy the series of five snowflakes that Cecelia Louie has been sharing on her blog Paper Zen recently She shows some fresh design ideas and offers a grid too.

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