What is Quilling
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What is Quilling

Quilling is another very unique paper craft that can be done my millions of people in no time at all. This technique is really pretty simple and creates some of the most beautiful and interesting pieces of work I've seen. I have always been intrigued

Quilling is another very unique paper craft that can be done my millions of people in no time at all.  This technique is really pretty simple and creates some of the most beautiful and interesting pieces of work I've seen.  I have always been intrigued by this craft and was always afraid that it took great coordination and hand skill to achieve the desired effects, this is simply not the case.

Quilling is done using a small amount of tools and narrow strips of paper in various colors.  The strips of paper are cut at about 1/8" wide strips and are normally about 8" long.  These strips can be easily broken down to the size you need or simple extended by glue tacking 2 strips together.  The main tools are the paper strips, the quilling tool, a small amount of glue and your imagination. The tool resembles a pen but the tip is metal and has a slit that you insert the edge of the paper into.  The technique is to simply roll the paper in various size rounds, either tight rolls or loose and then the ball is bent, pinched or molded into the shape you require.

Some projects require several pieces being glued together to create the desired results.  A dragonfly would take approximately 9 or 10 pieces and tiny amount of glue to hold your rolls and pieces together.  This is an easy craft to learn and simple starter kits can be purchased very inexpensively on different web sites or at your local craft store.

Quilling is a great addition to scrapbooking and card making and can enhance the look of your 3-D work or help you get started doing 3-D work.  By using a variety of colored strips you can add depth and style to your pieces of art work. The blending of close colored shades will provide a sense of elegance to your work as well.  Packages of these blended colors or packages of rainbow colors can be purchased almost anywhere. 

This technique has been used to make breath taking picture frames for weddings and special occasions as well for party invitations and greeting cards. If your interested in trying something new you may want to give Quilling a try.  With only a few tools needed and small amount of glue the mess is minimal and it certainly does not have to take up a lot of space in your home or work area.

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Interesting info !

Interesting and informative write-up.thanks

Very informative. I learned from this.

That was the best comment I could have ever gotten! Thank you and I'm so glad. I try to experience it all before I tell about it, I really enjoy this craft! Thank you again

Thanks girl! Really had a blast playing with this technique.


Although I'm happy that you wrote about quilling some of your statements and terminology are a bit off the mark.

Yes some people quill using tools but there is are others who use no tool. The main tools are either (both these tools are optional) a slotted or a professional (aka Needle tool), tweezers, quilling strips, a white glue dries clear (always use a very very very small amount of glue) and a work board (this can be a big piece of cardboard, Styrofoam, or manufactured board made out of cork).

Quilling strips vary in width from 1/16" and up (I've even used 2 inch with strips). The width you use is determined by what by you're quilling. You want to tear not cut your quilling strips so that when glued the joining point becomes hard to see. When joining 2 or more strips you'll again want to tear the strips.

When you roll the quilling strips on the tool you produce coils not balls. Once you've rolled a coil, glued it and then pinched it, it becomes a shaped coil. Shaped coils include (as you stated) both closed (glued) and open (not glued) coils. There are many types of shaped coils. Tight coils are glued without allowing them to expand. These include pegs and grape rolls (pegs that are pushed out thus resembling a half grape) The names of the shaped coils are too numerous to list here. To see the shapes and instructions on how to create them go to:

http://www.parchcraftaustralia.com/pca quilling section 3.html and http://www.parchcraftaustralia.com/pca quilling section 4.html. For information on open coils (scrolls) go to:http://www.parchcraftaustralia.com/pca quilling section 5.html. For more information about tools go to: http://www.parchcraftaustralia.com/pca quilling section 1.html. For basic instructions go to: http://www.parchcraftaustralia.com/pca quilling section 2.html. For eccentric rolls go to:http://www.parchcraftaustralia.com/pca quilling section 6.html. At the bottom of each of these pages you'll see a link that tells you what the next page. This site also has free projects for you to try. This is one of many sites that we recommend for new Quillers.

Although for some people learning to do basic quilling techniques is easy, as someone who has taught quilling, I believe in order to become proficient in this art form one must practice, practice and practice some more. It takes practice to learn to use the different types of quilling strips, to put them together so that the glue doesn't show yet the piece doesn't fall apart. The more you quill the better your skills become and you're able to put together very complex quilled art pieces. Quilling is like any other art form, if you want to create professional grade work, you must work at it.

I do apologize for not going into such detail. In most cases I will use the tools and items I am referring to in the article, which I did. I am merely a novice and when I started to use this technique, but a week ago, I had such a wonderful time I wanted to tell everyone. As I get more experience and learn more about the various tools and techniques that are used I will certainly make a point to share my thoughts and opinions. Thank you for taking this time with me.


I'm sorry if I came off a bit rough. There is no apology needed. I'm glad you wanted to tell everyone. I wasn't upset, I merely wanted to make sure that people knew the proper names of the quilling items. I'd love to see your work. It's a shame you weren't able to post your art work. I know that when I started quilling there wasn't such a wide variety of supplies. Now quilling strips not only come in colors but in metallics, pearl finishes and more. It's like a giant candy store. I hope you go to the free resources available on the net and continue to quill.

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