I was pretty much satisfied with my previous small framed work "Bumblebees and flowers", and short time after it created this thistle with a hawk moth.
The pattern is entirely mine, as opposed to the previous one, which is inspired by an embroidery design from a book. As usual, I started off by making a sketch, of the composition in its whole and the moth alone.
Then began to quill it :) This is how husking of a leaf looks like.
Each flowerhead is made of a fringed flower attached to a ball-like base, which consists of two halves.
The moth is composed of tight quilling shapes. The frame is hand-made from thick watercolor paper colored using a bronze metallic ink marker. Size: 9x17cm (3 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches) without frame.