Quilling Information - Techniques, Designs & Ideas

Quilling or paper filigree is the art of rolling thin strips of paper into different shapes and using the shapes to form designs. Quilling has been around since the Renaissance age, but I was only recently introduced to it. It is fun and easy and I find it to be pretty relaxing. I hope this introduction to Quilling will spark an interest, and start you imagination flowing. Tools The tools needed for this craft are very basic. Paper strips, something to wind the strips around and glue are basically all you need to get started. Paper comes in many different weights. You select the weight according to what you want your finished design to look like. The strips of paper are usually cut anywhere from 1/8" to 1" wide with 1/8" being the standard. In the examples I used ordinary construction paper cut into 1/8" strips. I used a toothpick to wind the coils, but some prefer needles, pins, hat pins or some specially designed tools for quilling. Ordinary clear-drying white glue is good for most projects. If you are using a paper that has been sprayed with metallic paint, a heavier clear-drying glue may be used. Other tools that may be helpful Scissors for cutting the strips of paper, although you can purchase pre-cut strips of paper for quilling in some craft stores. A small plastic cap or plastic bottle to hold a few drops of glue so the rest of the bottle won't dry out. A ruler is used to achieve uniformity in the size of the pieces. You can use a piece of corrugated cardboard covered with waxed paper as a work board. A pattern can be slipped between the cardboard and the wax paper and if glue gets onto the wax paper it can easily be peeled off. Another alternative is styrofoam covered with plastic wrap. Tweezers and a muffin tin are good to have handy for organizing by different size or shape and the tweezers will help you pick up or place the smaller pieces into position. A damp sponge or washcloth is helpful to keep your fingers free of glue and to moisten the strip when you start a coil.

Basic Shapes
"V" Shape Fold the strip in half and roll the ends on the outside of the paper, away from the inner crease.

Feelers can be made with the strip folded in half as in this example. After the coil is made pinch one side. Contoured Peg After rolling a tight coil. push the peg up from underneath the center to contour it's shape. roll the ends in the same direction. Peg Roll a strip of paper tightly and glue the end while the coil is still tight.Feelers Roll only a small part of the paper strip. also known as a spiral. One coil will be rolled toward the center crease. . Leaf Shape If you bend one or more ends of the diamond. Oval Squeeze a loose coil into an oval shape. but try not to point the ends. Peacock Eye This can be made from either a loose or tight coil. After the coil is made pinch two opposite sides. you form a leaf shape. Pegs can be used in the design or glued to the underside of another shape to raise it creating dimension. the other away from it. A petal can be formed by bending the tip of the peacock eye slightly to one side. Tendril (Note this got smashed in the scanner it should be open and springy looking) Roll in a spiral shape around the toothpick as tight as desired. Quotes Fold the strip in half. rope or twist. Used to add dimension to a design. Open Heart Fold the strip of paper in half and roll the ends toward the center of the crease. "S" Shape Roll from both ends of the paper but on opposite sides of the strip. leaving the rest of the strip straight. Also called a marquis or an eye-shaped coil. Diamond Made from either a loose or tight coil. or just with one coil from an unfolded strip.

Star of Leaf Shape Form a diamond first. Half Moon Pinch a loose coil on two sides while placing your finger in the middle of one side. then push in one side to form an indent. I will continue with more shapes and some finished designs. thinking of ways to combine the shapes into different patterns and designs. Triangle Pinch a loose coil into a 3-sided shape. This will give you an idea of what quilling is. Those are some of the basic shapes and how to make them. Tulip Pinch a loose coil on two sides while pushing in toward the center at one side. Pinch the smooth sides into points forming a square. I hope that this has your creative mind spinning. this will cause an indentation on that side.Square Roll a loose coil and form a diamond. Rectangle Squeeze first into an oval then pinch the corners to form a rectangle. Previous card | Index | Next card > . Closed Heart Pinch a triangle. Have fun experimenting. Usually this looks better if you keep the center a round as possible. Grasping the ends push in toward the center forming two newer points with a curve between them.

Adhesive • Method Background Make a template out of thin card as shown. rainbow shades. Nine rectangles of tissue in colours of your choice.e. Draw round the template and cut out rectangles of coloured tissue in chosen colours . or shades of a single colour from dark through to light. .Flower pot card Description A white card has flower pot designs of various colours. mounted on rectangles of colourful tissue paper edged with black quilling paper. The flower pot designs are made using quilling techniques. Strips of 2mm wide quilling paper in a dark colour of your choice.i. Materials used • • • • A white greetings card 88mm x 114mm (3½ ins x 4½ ins) Strips of 3mm wide quilling paper in colours of your choice.

If necessary. make a tear drop shape using a quarter strip. Flowers You will need two whole strips for each flower head. Allow to dry. cut out a piece of white paper to the overall size of the design and mark rectangles on it in pencil. Try to make all the teardrops the same size . before placing the longer strips over the top. and 15mm down from the top. Edge the design using 2mm wide quilling paper in black or a dark colour depending upon the colours in your design. 3mm wide quilling strips are used throughout the rest of the design. It is easier to glue the short strips first. measure 15mm in from the side of each rectangle. To find the position of each flower centre. glue two 75mm strips on top of each other to make a stronger strip. glue tissue rectangles to the white paper and carefully smooth them out. Flower pots .they will fit together better. so use the remaining quarter strip to make a peg shape for the centre of another flower in the design. Make a pencil mark at this point for each flower. then cut into 15mm lengths. Leaves and Stems Make two 'eye' shapes as leaves for each flower using 75mm strips. trim the tissue to size and glue the whole thing to the background card. Each flower has seven petals. Using a Pritt Stick or similar.If the background of your card is a colour other than white. For the stems. For each petal.

until it reaches the centre. . glue them down in the following order. working from the top downwards. Then glue the remaining teardrops in the order shown . Roll a coil (not too tightly) and glue down the end. Then form the lower edge of the pot. A single flower could be used to decorate a special sheet of notepaper. Begin by sticking the first teardrop in the centre. Complete the remaining flowers in the same way. Pinch the top edge of the pot first. Put some glue along the edge of the stem and gently push it between number 6 and 7 petals. using the join as one of the points. Assembly When you have made all the parts of the design. This basic design can be adapted in a number of ways. Experiment using different colours. with the point touching the pencil mark.this will help to keep the flower balanced. glue a contrasting peg to the centre of the flower. Finally. Glue a leaf either side of the stem. as a gift tag.Each pot is made using half a strip of paper. or as a place setting. making sure that it is narrower than the top edge. using different arrangements and numbers of flowers. so that they touch the top edge of the pot.

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