This is a Hooded Merganser, quilled and framed, ready for you to hang or wrap for a great gift. Handcrafted by me in New Hampshire. I have also included photos of my Canvasback, Canada Goose, Mallard, Merganser, Wood Duck, and Swan.
This is one of my "Little Ones" collectible series. It is my … original design of 3" x 4" quilled and custom framed "Little Ones". All are matted and custom framed in a black oak frame as shown. These "Little Ones" are favorites with a lot of people and look really good on a small easel in the bookcase.
What is Quilling?
Quilling is a very old craft. Its name comes of the old practice of trimming the gold edges from books, and then winding the narrow strips of paper around feather quills, using the quill for the tool. Once rolled into circles and pinched into various shapes, the paper is used as texture and detail in pictures.
My own technique uses the quill work as a background and details to cut-outs of wildlife. The quill work simulates the feathers in the duck and birds, the scales on the fish, the veins in the wildflowers, and the fur on the moose.
These are wonderful little pieces, a series I developed because I really want everyone to have a chance to have a piece of Sandra White.
The biggest challenge with these smaller pieces is that there is little room to make mistakes on color or design. It sometimes takes really tiny pieces to get that little bit of orange or green somewhere where it will be important in the whole picture. And then you step back and find it IS in the wrong place. Try again..... and every time I do another one, the color location may change just a little -- that is because I think it is getting better. But, you know, every bird or duck is a little different, too. I guess the finished quilled picture depends on which bird or duck is posing for me.
I want to create pieces that will make you stop and rest awhile, pieces that you will really want to be a Part of Your Life.
Framed wedding invitation with quiilling deco
by Ralph Sep 15th 2012
Sandra offered useful suggestions on designing the finished product. The recipients were thrilled with it.