Quilling – The best little craft you have never heard of


It has been told that during the rebirth of the French and Italians between the 15th and 17th century the nuns and monks used to do quilling with a feather to decorate their religious books. Since then quilling has had highs and lows, but now there is is a major resurgence. If you haven’t tried it, now is the time -believe me, it is very addictive
Then followed the gentile ladies, one of the things they could do was quilling without any pressures to while the time away.
When creating your coils for a project it is wise to acquire a ‘New Quilling Board’ to ensure that the coils are consistent. Also, measure the length of the strips keeps a note of this information.

How To size and place your image: You have decided on a lovely quilled free picture to try for your first quilled card. First, you need to adjust the size of this image to fit on your card. Place light pencil marks that can be removed on your card for positioning. Now you are happy with the size, place a piece of acetate over the image and hold in place with sellotape on the corners.

Gluing: Gluing is a very important part of quilling, only a very little glue is required to glue the coils. A good applicator with a tiny hole controls the amount of a glue dot. This dot of glue can then be smeared to cover the end of the coil. Not everything needs to be glued but sometimes you will need to add a smear of glue down a strip. to join two pieces.

​This book I am sure will wet your appetite ‘Pretty Quilled Cards’ by Cecelia Louie. The best thing about this book is that Cecelia literally nurses a beginner through their project. You will be bitten by the quilling bug. There are 25 designs and 128 pages of detailed explanations. I sincerely recommend this book, you will not be disappointed.

Jewelry: There is a very big trend to make quilled Jewellery pieces, I must say I have seen some beautiful sets of earrings.

Basic Quilling Tools
Here I have shown two types of quilling tools. First, you will notice it has a split slot at the point. Place the very end of your quilling paper into the split and start winding. This needle can be made from a tapestry needle by carefully cutting off the tip of the eye and setting the pointed end of the needle into a piece of dowl. The lower quilling tool has a groove down one side of the needle. Place the end of the quilling strip into the groove and start to wind. I personally prefer this one to use. The needle with the slot leaves a smaller hole in the center than the needle with the groove. The practice is very important when making shapes. It is nice to get the best finish to each shape you can, this makes the overall design easier to put together. Use as little glue as you can on the scrolls. When you complete a scroll or coil tear the end, this will blend into the coil rather than a cut end.

Husking is a branch of quilling, pieces are made using a Quilling comb. This brings to quilling a vast range of beautiful exotic arrangements to add to your handmade cards or a framed picture. If you intend to use an ordinary hair comb, check to make sure that the comb teeth are round. Many hair combs have flat teeth and it will spoil the look of your work.
There is another alternative for husking quilling, that is, using pearl headed sewing pins.
This method requires a corkboard, open graph paper, pencil, and pearl headed sewing pins.
Draw your design, for example, a simple flower petal and place the pins strategically for each petal. Then wind the quilling strip around the pins in an order depending on what finished look you want.

Paper Supply: If you have a paper shredder you can make your own quilling paper, but make sure that your paper is 80gsm and good quality. Be aware that some shredders do not cut a nice clean edge. ​There is another tool that will cut strips of 3mm, that is, herb shears, ideal for the odd job. Also, there are many excellent paper cutters on the market, suitable to pop in your bag to take to your craft group.

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