Open and Closed Coils Simple circles are the basis for most other shapes you'll create. Insert Paper Into the Tool Insert a piece of quilling paper into the slot of your quilling tool; try to line up the edge of the paper with the edge of the slot as perfectly as you can. A slotted tool will naturally leave a small crimp in the center of your coil. If you'd like the crimp to be more visible, allow the paper to hang slightly over the edge.
Start Rollin' Roll the tool with your dominant hand either towards your body or away from it whichever feels most comfortable , while holding the strip taut with your other hand. Glue It For a closed coil: When you're almost done coiling, place a dab of glue near the end of the strip and roll to complete. You don't want it to expand after you remove it from the tool.
For an open coil: Finish the coil, then remove it from the tool and allow it to expand. Once it has fully expanded, add a dab of glue and press the strip down carefully to secure. Teardrop Make an open coil, then place it between the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand. Arrange the inside coils evenly or however you'd like. With your dominant hand, pinch the paper where you want the point to be to create a teardrop shape.
Curl the petal ends outward and downward with tweezers to achieve desired shape. Photography: Gentl and Hyers 12 of 13 Step Bells Bells are used to make the quilled lily-of-the-valley card. Roll and glue a tight circle. Using your finger, push center of circle to create a cone. Secure the end with glue. If desired, spread a light layer of glue over surface of bell; this will help the bell keep its shape.
Or spread glue inside to hide the glued area. Positioned along four leafy stems made from strips of green paper to complete the lily-of-the-valley. Photography: Gentl and Hyers 13 of 13 Step Script Quilled script is used to make the scripted valentines. You can write a message in your own hand, adapt one from a calligraphy book, or create one on a computer. Lay short strips of quilling paper along the curves of each letter you want to form.
Shape ends with quilling tool, or use scissors to curl paper as you would a ribbon; cut strips to correct length. Trace message onto paper. Glue at intervals, one letter at a time.
Turn quilling paper on edge; use tweezers to hold it in place for 15 seconds to allow glue to set. Share the gallery. Quilling was also combined or married with other techniques such as embroidery and painting. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. February Learn how and when to remove this template message Today, quilling is seeing a resurgence in popularity with quillers people who practice the art of quilling on every continent except Antarctica and in every walk of life.
No longer confined to the "upper classes", this is a people's art form and the beauty of the art is always expanding thanks to innovators and rapidly growing number of quillers. Quilling is great for all ages thanks to the simplicity of the techniques and how relaxing it is.
The craft has become increasingly popular due to the low cost of the material. It is used to decorate wedding invitations, for Christmas, birth announcements, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and boxes. Quilling can be found in art galleries in Europe and in the United States and is an art that is practiced around the world. Accessibility[ edit ] Quilling is relatively easy to learn compared to most other crafts, and with the resources available today, it can be learned by almost everyone.
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Roll entire length of paper into a tight circle, as shown here. It was one of the few things ladies could do that was thought not too taxing for their minds or gentle dispositions. Photography: Gentl and Hyers 9 of 13 Step 7: Frame If you want to design a frame or border for your card, create a freehand pattern that incorporates several of the basic shapes you've learned. S Scroll: Form an S shape by rolling one end toward center, and the other in the opposite direction. Hold in place for 15 seconds to allow glue to set. Photography: Gentl and Hyers 10 of 13 Step 8: Fringed Flower Fringed flower shapes are used in the quilled floral cards.
You can curl the shape from the point to the base by rolling it between your fingers. Dab points of glue on undersides of quilled shapes and position them, standing on edge, along the pencil line. So many shapes! Curve each over rolled end of next scroll; glue.
Once it has fully expanded, add a dab of glue and press the strip down carefully to secure.
Remove paper from tool, and glue closed to complete your tight circle. Glue at intervals, one letter at a time. Connected Scrolls: Make several loose scrolls; position with unrolled ends pointing the same way. Roll each end toward center. Share the gallery.
Roll entire length of paper into a tight circle, as shown here.
In case you don't know, quilling has nothing to do with hedgehogs or feather pens. Roll each end toward center and glue to card. So many shapes!
Here, we arranged a series of fleurs-de-lis, each made from three V scrolls of graduated sizes, and one teardrop.