I think the petals of the flower look like they are embroidered. I saw a picture of flowers in google images which looked like paper embroidery and attempted to reproduce the same effect , I Pinched my coils in every imaginable way and only ended up disappointed. It so happens that there is a method to how we can get the effect. I chanced upon the tutorial at Alli's blog.
The wings of the dragon fly I made using wheatear technique. I added the dragon fly just to show the similarity in making the petals and the wings.
Wheatear method for the wings.
For the four wings take four strips and make folds in them as shown. Starting with one centimeter fold the strips increasing by a centimeter for each fold. Up to seven centimeters.(Six for the smaller two wings)
Take one strip and make a loop as shown starting with the one centimeter length .
Then fold the two centimeter length fold over the first one and form a loop and then the three centimeter so on.
Once you finish looping the whole strip stick the end .(six loops for the smaller wings and seven for the larger).
Now apply glue at the folds so that the loops stay in place. That will make one wing of the dragonfly.
The petals are also made in a similar way, first make a small loop ,
Loop the strip around the first loop to form more loops each time folding the strip on one side where you are holding( just like wheatears). Be sure to hold all the loops together.
Once you have finished looping the entire strip ,stick the end of the strip .Don't let go of the coils.
Flatten the loops by nicely pressing on the side away from your hand,still holding the folds firmly.You can shape the petal a bit.
Now let go of all the folds that your were holding.You have a beautiful petal. This method also has a name it is called a vortex.Both the flowers are made using this method and without any quilling tool.
I think it is beautiful , while I was finishing one flower this way, it occurred to me that the loops look more like eccentric loops . As a trial I did this flower by first rolling the strip with my needle to make a loose coil . I pulled all the strips to one end and then pinched it and held it firmly after that I pressed the other side flat and then released the coils. And this is the result.
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