As you may know, I lived in Canada for a year, and this certainly influenced my creations. In Canada, you can see guard soldiers wearing a ceremonial red coat — a historic British military uniform, and a bearskin — a tall fur cap. That is because Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy at the same time, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Traditionally, the bearskin was the headgear of grenadiers, and is still worn by grenadier and guards regiments in various armies. The outfit is really hard to miss, and I was inspired by Queen's Guard soldiers when I made this three-dimensional quilled miniature wearing a bearskin.
At first, the soldier was designed as a Christmas ornament, like the one created by Christa, but then I thought he would make a beautiful couple with my quilled princess and let him be a standalone figurine. Making the soldier was easy except for the cap. How would you make it look furry? I think I've successfully overcome the challenge by using the old good fringed flowers technique.
The doll is almost 9 cm (3.5 in) tall. I used regular 3 and 9 mm wide (1/8 and 3/8 in) quilled strips for this project, and employed various 3D quilling techniques.