Dog-rose and butterflies, framed paper quilling
As I already wrote, Helen M. Stevens' Embroiderer's Countryside has been a great source of inspiration to me.
This dog-rose was also inspired by her stunning work. I had to figure out how to quill it, though. I had made the flowers with husking and the hips in three-dimensional quilling, but was still struggling the leaves. I tried traditional quilling shapes and husking, but ended up making simple paper leaves with veins.
For the stems I glued together two brown strips lengthwise and then cut them in half, lengthwise as well. In this way I got narrow yet pretty springy stems. To make the thorns I used short and narrow brown strips. The frame is handmade and hand-dyed, as usual. Its borders are 5/8 inch (1.5mm) wide and deep. Size of the finished work is 7 x 11 1/4 inch (18x28.5cm)