What is this blog?

This blog is about my crafts as I'm sure it's obvious, but rather specifically I post about my quilling. I suppose I didn't include quilling in the title simply because that would limit what I could put in this blog. In other words, 99% of this is in fact quilling.

There ARE periods where I don't post anything for a long time, but that doesn't mean I'm done with quilling! I'll post again. Eventually.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

3D quilled season ladies

So a few weeks ago, my mom wanted me to make an autumn lady because I've made a spring lady before! Unfortuanatly, she is discolored because she always sat on the windowsill in the living room because otherwise my cat would knock her down! I know what you're thinking: "don't cats like to be on windowsills?" Our cat certainly does, but in the living room we have some odd awesome windows, one of which she can't reach which is where spring lady was! I do now spray all of my 3D creations with this paper sealent (eventually) but she was one of my first 3D people so I didn't! Anyway, I decided that I wasn't just going to make an autumn lady (since that's the season here in Wisconsin ATM) but one for every season, a fresh lady to have up for each time of the year!

To make each lady I used the instructions in the 3D quilled character book for the fairy. I used the same amount of strips for her dress but I made it bigger. I also didn't add the legs, obviously! To make their hair, I use 3 mm wide strips and cut them into thirds. Each person has different wavyness in their hair. I found when I made it totally straight it didn't look right! At first when you glue their hair, it looks wild! Sometimes I tame it as I go, other times I do it once I'm done. It's a combination of holding the hair down and glue. I also like to give them side bangs, IDK, maybe it's because I'm a teen, LOL. They're all around 3 inches tall.

First up is autumn lady! Chestnut brown hair seemed to me to be the perfect color for fall! Sis suggested 3/4 sleeves because it's not very hot yet not very cold in fall (but in Wisconsin I always wear long sleeves in the fall!). I also put leaves on her dress for obvious reasons!
For winter lady I wanted to give her a "coat", so I gave her long sleeves and a white "dress". The fringed flowers are like fur. Guess what? I don't even own a fringer yet, so I did that all by hand (on her sleeves is 3 mm wide paper too!). My hands REALLY cramped up. So much so that I literally had to...uncrack my whole hand! It was crazy but so worth it. I put buttons down her to act as buttons on her coat, and the black thing and bow in the middle is like her "tie" on her jacket! I gave her a headband, so like one of those cold weather headbands and black gloves.
This lady probably took me the longest, her or winter lady... The flowers on her dress were so fiddly! The dots on her sleeves even more so...Like, this is the defintion of fiddly! Either her or winter lady is my favorite.
I had some issues with summer lady...I wanted to make her dress short and with flip flops. Well, when I did that she wouldn't stay up, and her flip flops looked awkard! So I had to add another strip to her. I wanted to give her a ponytail, so I did. I think it turned out so cute! The blue on the bottom of her dress is like "water" and the yellow "sand". The curly cues on the bottom are "waves" and on the yellow is a sea shell!
Here they all are together in order of the seasons!

Here is a pic of their backs! I gave the spring girl TWO bows as you can see! Don't you just love summer lady's pony?!


  1. Love the quartet of Seasonsal ladies.
    A great accomplishment!

  2. These are just great, Rachelle! Especially the hair!

  3. I agree they are awesome and the hair is well done.

  4. awesome work....


  5. I love them especially the hair.

  6. Awww... these dolls are so cute! I like the idea of personifying the seasons. They have so many details, I can imagine how much time it took you to make them.

  7. very inspiring work

  8. hi Rachelle! my name is Sarah and i am 11 years old. i've been quilling for about a year, but i just found your blog. i made a person who was a lot like your summer lady, but i got stuck on the hair. i was wondering if your could explain to me how you made it. Also, how did you make the gloves?

    thanks in advance, Sarah

  9. Hi Sarah!

    Alright, for the hair you need skinny scissors like this: http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1600&bih=775&tbm=isch&tbnid=YljsWci91WiS1M:&imgrefurl=http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Sewing-and-Quilting/Sewing-Scissors/Detail-Scissors/Non-stick-Detail-Scissors&docid=4-3bJ9vZK1bJRM&imgurl=http://www2.fiskars.com/var/fiskars_amer/storage/images/frontpage/products/sewing-and-quilting/sewing-scissors/detail-scissors/non-stick-detail-scissors/14334-2-eng-US/Non-stick-Detail-Scissors_product_main_large.jpg&w=900&h=433&ei=So5FT-n-CumiiQKxvtHpDg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=325&vpy=163&dur=82&hovh=156&hovw=324&tx=198&ty=106&sig=102799080590600455122&page=1&tbnh=82&tbnw=171&start=0&ndsp=36&ved=0CEoQrQMwAQ

    Sorry for the giant URL! LOL. Anyway, using those scissors you cut a strip (maybe 2 or 3 inches) into thirds vertically. It helps to tape it down sometimes. You do that a bunch of times and glue it to the head. I usually curl it by wrapping it around a toothpick. To get the hair full, you'll need about 3 rows of the hair strips. Don't worry if it sticks up! That'll happen. Press it down and also use a light amount of glue to secure it as well while continuing to hold it. I also add short strips to the side of their heads for bangs. Hope that helps! If you want me to expand, just say so :).