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Paper Quilling – Making Flower

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Quilling can be used to make greeting cards, decorating objects and even building three-dimensional sculptures. In this post, I will show you simple technique to make flower out of quilling stripes. You would require

1. 5 pink/red (any color of your choice) strips for flower
2. Quilling needle
3. Glue Stick/Fevicol
4. Scissors
5. Template with Circles (any stationary shop will have that)

At the end, we will have flower that looks like this.

Quilled Flower

Instructions

1. Insert the end of the paper into the needle of quilling tool.

2. Turn the slotted tool towards you. Place your thumb or index finger at the very tip of the slotted tool: this will prevent the paper from slipping off the tool. Use the other fingers to guide the strip of paper so that it rolls into an even plug (called a tight coil).

3. Gently pull the roll off the needle and put in into the circles template. Choose a circle of your choice. It should not be very big in diameter. Let the paper unrolls up to the size of the circle.

4. Glue the strip at the end and let it dry for few seconds.

Quilled Rolled Flowers

5. Take the coil out and pinch it on one side. You’ve just got one of the basic quilling shapes (see at the end of this article), which is called a “teardrop”. There are lot of different shapes that can be made, but the idea is always the same: roll and pinch.

Petal

6. Make petals for the flower in the same manner and glue them together.

7. Make a peg shape in yellow by rolling a tight coil (you don’t release it before gluing) using a strip of paper (preferably in different color), then glue it closed while it’s still on the tool. Gently ease off the peg from the tool.

Quilled Tight Roll (Peg)

8. To finish add a dot of glue to the centre of the flower and add the yellow centre on top.

After making few flowers, you will get the confidence to try out different designs and shapes. You can search various designs on intranet and try to make them. Below is the guide that will show you different shapes that can be made from Quilling.

Quilling Shapes

Happy Quilling!

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Quilling

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“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!