There were a few years that I decided to craft gifts for my family instead of buying stuff, hence this quilled cape cod house. The thought behind it was to give them something that came from my heart as opposed to some random item anyone could buy at a store.
I had always wanted to try doing an architectural piece, and after gaining confidence from quilling the Bunker Hill Church, I decided to attempt my mother’s house.
The house in the carousel below is the one I grew up in. The only real liberties I took with it is the landscaping. There are no terracotta pots in front and I have enlarged and embellished the shrubbery.
This particular piece is three layers deep in places. I used the same primary techniques as described in my other two architectural pieces. I took a photo of my mother’s house. Sized it to fit an 8×10 background (with room on the sides for a mat and white space!), placed the photo under a clear sheet protector and quilled on top of it to keep things where they needed to be.
The major difference with this piece is that instead of filling in the house with beehive, I placed strips flat to simulate siding. There is a layer of beehive under this to help support it. The rest of the piece was done using my beehive scrunch technique.
Though this quilled cape cod house is adorning my mother’s living room wall, I would love to try this out again. Do you have a special house that you want depicted with quilling? Contact me for commission projects.
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