Quilling me softly…

Sorry for the late guys. I am posting my new creations after quite a few days. During my last visit to the crafts store, I stumbled across neon shades of paper. They looked so irresistible that I ended up buying an entire bundle (5 shades, 100 papers). Cut them strips of various widths with my 40% discounted paper cutter and voila! here are my creations.

There are some basic techniques to paper quilling that you can easily learn from YouTube videos which are easy to follow. Before you start, make sure you have the tools at your disposal. Below are the tools I use for my creations. Scissors, quilling needle, glue, crimping gears, cork board for diameter measurements, quilling combs, and the absolutely necessary paper strips.


The quilling comb can easily be substituted with a wide-toothed hair comb. Initially, when I just got my hands in to quilling, I used to roughly cut strips of paper from old newspapers or magazines.  This, I believe, is the best way to start. I used to make basic shapes, but assembling different creations in patterns that looked appealing, was a task that took me sometime. The birthday card was my first assembled creation. Hope you all liked it.

After creating a few quilled earrings, I made a couple more. I call them ‘patterns on hoops’.


For this one, I took a three-part approach. I made six of the orange half-leaf designs, one brown tight coil, and one long pink crimped strip. After putting the leaves together, I glued on the tight coil, crimped one pink strip, dabbed glue at the peripheral end of the petals, and stuck the pink strip all around such that it looked like a flower inside a hoop. I then hung the design making a loop via a jewelry wire. Pretty simple, eh?!

In my next creation, I used another quilling technique- the cascading loop using my quilling comb.


This is not a tough design to create. All you need to do is make a hoop from a sturdy jewelry wire and alternate with a pearl bead and cascading loop inside it. If you notice closely, I hung each of the paper loop with a smaller loop (which I created from the same roll of jewelry wire). This way the loops don’t stand stiff. You can create many designs following this pattern. If you’re out of beads, use tight coils. You can also replace the cascading loop with other patterns.

These earrings serve as great giveaways since they have a personal touch. Think about it when planning for that baby shower, birthday; if not, just share your flair.

Thanks for stopping by. And remember, keep blogging!

The intricate art of Paper Quilling

“Quilling” and not “quilting” is the art of transforming paper strips into elegant patterns. Much to my lack of knowledge, this art has been alive since the Renaissance. Practiced all across the globe, this art has gained immense popularity owing to the cheaper material costs, less number of tools, various form factors that paper strips could be made in to, and the 2D and 3D designs that could be used to make creations (greeting cards, jewelry, picture frames, boxes et al). And thanks to quilling, I got myself another hobby.

First introduced to the art of paper quilling by my sister-in-law (who has “shaped” some exquisite jaw-dropping quilled creations), I would have never imagined that myself getting so involved in the art. After spending some brief quilling sessions with my S-I-L, I experienced my fingers getting the knack of the art. So I started reading over the internet and googling images of quilling work. This was an eye-opening moment for me. I just had to get my hands in to this art.

Quilling is not an art requiring expensive gizmos. To begin with, all the creator needs is a quilling tool (a needle of sorts with a slot to hold and coil the paper strips over) and colored paper strips. For practice purposes, you can also make use of newspapers or unwanted sheets of paper by cutting them into strips of varying width (This is how I started off with quilling). Seeing this light of inspiration in me, my bro-in-law ordered a paper quilling set- this was him encouraging me to not give up the art. Some of the quilling techniques that I am aware of today is more of an internet-based learning. To prove to myself that I am a sincere quiller, I presented a self-made birthday card to my Dad for his 59th birthday, applying the various techniques Image

of quilling. Dad was ecstatic to get it, although he was secretly wishing it was his 29th (and not 59th) birthday. Age is only a number after all, right!

So you see, you can design creations as far as your imagination takes you. Limitless. From simple to complex, 2D to 3D patterns, there’s a lot you can do with quilling. My very recent quilling creations include something you can flaunt off. Earrings. Image

Enthused, I went to the crafts store and bought rings and jewelry wire. Thanks to the 40% off coupon I had, I could also buy a paper cutter (at a cheaper price) and loose sheets of paper to make customized quilling strips. For this, you have to be careful about the thickness of the paper since they curl differently. I have read some quillers recommending 100-120 gms (where paper thickness is measured in grams per square meter such that the greater the weight, the thicker the paper). I was not sure about the nitty-gritties, so I picked up the paper I felt would work best for me. This way you can cut the strips in to widths per your requirements. There are pros and cons of both pre-cut and self-cut strips. It’s up to you to decide. I wanted to explore both options.

I am very fond of these quilled earrings myself since they are almost feather-weight. Unlike most of my dangle-downs which are heavy, these ones are not. For the first pair of earrings (hanging on the swans), I cut my own paper strips and for the rest two, I used pre-cut strips. I used pearl beads (that I had saved from my broken pearl necklace) to add in a dash of elegance. I am experimenting with more designs and techniques. Please keep reading/ following my blog. If you like my creations, make sure to “like” them before leaving the page. This serves as a great encouragement for a novice.

Stay tuned and keep blogging!