A wonderful reader of mine, Lisa Malachinski, wrote me about a project she has done where she embellishes spoons with quilling. Yes, you read that correctly, spoons! You know how much I love it when someone thinks “outside the box” with their quilling, and I just had to share her story and photos with you.
Lisa is a stay at home mother of 4, or 5 if you count her hubby (her words — but I do understand, LOL!), two boys, 15 and 11, and two girls, almost 14 and 4. She does a variety of crafts from crocheting, quilling, cardmaking, scrapbooking, to some sewing and different paper crafts.
She got hooked on quilling while watching the Carol Duvall Show and turned to books and the Internet for more information. On a favorite website she discovered Molly Smith who created classes for anyone who wanted to learn about quilling. After each project, the students would post their completed works.
During this creating and posting process she came up with the wonderful idea of adding quilling to her grandmother’s spoons. She chose to quill flowers that reminded her of her grandmother’s gardens and added little bugs for interest. She then made one for each of her sisters and mother who just loved them.
Lisa’s Aunt Marion was a wonderful lady who was full of life and loved the outdoors. She would sit and watch the hummingbirds outside her front window and show the little birds to her children and nieces. When her aunt passed away, Lisa asked her cousins for one of her spoons to embellish with quilling. As a loving tribute to her, Lisa quilled flowers and a hummingbird for the spoon. It is not surprising that she has been asked to make six more for her family and siblings.
I am so impressed with Lisa’s creativity. What a clever way to make such a personal and treasured family heirloom.
Quilling Tip: Lisa glues her quilling onto the spoon with E6000 adhesive.
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