Quilled Butterflies


I made these butterflies as a mock up for the book publisher’s presentation last year. Sadly, on its return to me, they did not use a very strong cardboard box and the push pins were squished into my lovingly crafted coils beyond recovery. They had asked me not to glue down to a surface, so they were obviously fragile. I had hoped to unveil photos of them in better shape, but c’est la vie.

They ranged from about an hour up to four hours to make. The monarch was the hardest to quill. I think it would have been easier if I could glue down the frame of the wings to prevent moving. Anyway, I hope they give you inspiration to make new designs – let me know how it goes!

Here’s a photo of the one I finally settled on showing how to make in the book (yes, a quilling tutorial pattern is coming soon).

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ann
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 11:04:30

    the butterflies are gorgeous. Too bad they got damaged. Love the one you chose for the book

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  2. Linda
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 11:05:03

    Love, Love, Love these butterflies!

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  3. priyanka datta
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 06:16:27

    beautiful work…

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  4. Lisa, FairyCardmaker
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 16:58:29

    How beautiful. Love the one with the spiky tail most.

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  5. Ellen Rogers
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 12:35:27

    Are you going to ever sell patterns to make the other butterflies? I have the one that you sell in your etsy shop and I love it!

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    • Cee
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 12:42:23

      Aw thanks, Ellen! You’ve made my day :D

      I don’t have immediate plans to make more instructions just yet. At the moment I’m focused on making a tutorial for a Valentine’s Day theme. Hearts and flowers always go well together. Which of the group was your fave? I must admit the intricate ones were quite a challenge even for me.

      Cecelia

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  6. Sabrina Ferreira
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 08:37:13

    Dear Cee,
    My company is a textbook publisher in Brazil and I would like to know how we proceed to get some authorization to reproduce that photo. Please let us know as soon as possible.

    Best regards

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  7. Charli
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 10:26:13

    Did you use a single collar or a double collar for the butterflies? Very nice work.

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  8. dlroper
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 12:25:16

    These Butterflies are so Beautiful they made my heart flutter. Just finding them made a bad day turn into a joyful day. Thank You for sharing and may God Bless you.Deborah

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    • Cee
      Sep 11, 2014 @ 12:27:29

      Hello Deborah, I’m so happy to have made your day a happier one. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I hope you continue to find things that inspire and lift your spirits!
      Cecelia

      Reply

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