“Quilling” or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is then glued at the tip and these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork.
The craft has become increasingly popular due to the low cost of the material. It is used to decorate wedding invitations, 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.
Basic Materials Needed for Quilling
1. Quilling Needle: The needle tool is one of the most widely used quilling tools. It allows you to make small centers in rolls and scrolls which produces more attractive quilling. It is a necessity for the beginner and the experienced quiller. The handle makes it easier and more comfortable to use when rolling your quilling paper.
2. Quilling Paper Strips: The standard width is 3mm for most items, 1.5mm for fine narrow work, and 6mm, 9mm, or even 12mm for folded roses and fringed flowers. You can buy quilling strips from hobby and craft shops.
3. Glue/Fevi Stick.
There are various other tools that are available in market for Quilling which can be used when you get hang of how to do quilling and is comfortable playing around with different shapes. More posts on “how to do Quilling” will follow soon!