Welcome, Welcome Friday, Jan 29 2010 

Hello, all. My name is Hailey and I started quilling only about two months ago. I picked up fast, as I bet you can too, but found I just could never quite find what I was looking for. Sure, quilled flowers are pretty, but I’m not going to frame them and hang them on my wall. Instead, I’ve been doing other things with them. In this blog, I’ll show you what I’m doing and how I’m doing it.

If I don’t seem to be adressing your problems or questions, let me know and I will do my best!

Basic Shapes Friday, Jan 29 2010 

These are your basic quilling shapes. Almost every one of them was made by creating a loose coil, gluing the end down and pinching it into the desired shape. Once you have a pattern, you can use these to build your project.

The more you quill, the more shapes you will discover. One coil can be pinched and bent to look like a holly leaf, a rabbits head with ears and more. These are the ones I used most often and are the most important to become familiar with.

Tools of the Trade Friday, Jan 29 2010 

Quilling can be expensive, starting a new craft always is, but there are only a few basics to be on your way to quilling an entire 3-D garden.

The first thing you’ll need is a slotted quilling pen.
These can be bought online or at larger crafts stores. Some people also used found objects such as pencils to simply wrap the quilling around.

For larger projects, I bought an oak dowel from the hardware store and sawed and sanded my own slot at the tip of it.

The next thing you will need is glue, preferably one that dries clear. Personally, I used Arelene’s Tacky Glue. It dries clear, sticks well and a little bit goes a long way. Elmer’s glue is another option, but I find that it’s too tough and hard when it dries.

Lastly and most important, you will need paper. Craft stores carry wide variety of colored quilling strips from bright to pastel, metallic to faded, and even glittered and jewel tones.

A wide variety of color helps your imagination come up with new and exciting ideas for crafts. They also can come precut saving you time and effort, but I have found some downsides to these store bought quilling strips.

First, I find them flimsy. They make your finish product look elegant and delicate and when you are trying to make something that can last is delicate what you want? Here is what I do:

I buy assorted packs of cardstock or sheets of specialty colors from my local craft store. There are just as many color options and it saves me money. There is no store in my area that carries quilling strips so I also don’t have to pay for shipping.

After I’ve got my selection of card stock, I drop the paper into a paper shredder. The strips are thin, all the same width, and are strong. This works just as well, if not better, for quilling.

This is all you really need to start! After you accumulate paper, tools, and numerous started and finished products, organization is nice to invest in. Personally, I used a tool box that I bought from Home Depot. The tray sports holes for drill bits where I keep my quilling pens and removable lidded boxes in the lid are perfect for storing my products.

To organize my strips of paper, I paper clip them together by color and keep them in clear pastic cases used for storing photos.

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