28
Feb
08

Little Gems!

Well yesterday I had two lovely items in the post. What a lovely way to brighten up my day. The first was this little heart, made by a technique called needlefelt (of which I know nothing). It is my prize from Trisha in her One World – One Heart draw. This gorgeous pink ,blue and purple creation is a little brooch, with a pin carefully added to the back. What a clever person you are Trisha. Thank you so much.

felt-heart.jpg          felt-heart-reversed.jpg          

 In the same post I also received another draw prize…my little Santa. He is so intricate.

santa-close-up.jpg

Made by a technique called quilling, which is, and I quote;

“Quilling, also called Paper Filigree, is the art of creating decorative designs from thin strips of curled paper. Using simple tools, long strips of paper are tightly wound and released to form complex shapes. During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items, often imitating the ironwork of the day. The name quilling is said to be derived from the fact that the nuns and monks originally used feather quills as their tool to roll the paper”.

                                                     ( www.quillingblogspot.com )

So now you know. The above bloquote comes from Antonella’s blog. It’s a blog not to be missed as there are lessons on how to quill and free quilling patterns. I am definitely going to try and do some, but it will be a long time before I will be able to do anything as clever as Santa here. My favourite part of him is the sprig of holly on his hat.

santa.jpg  Thank you Antonella, for Santa, and for sharing your knowledge with everyone.

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