The beautiful and awe-inspiring art of quilling has had a strong tradition in Europe for hundreds of years. A decorative technique for churches and religious objects, a convenient substitute to expensive filigrees and paintings were both among its initial purposes in the past.
What makes its popularity constantly grow in recent years though must be its accessibility and simplicity of materials. It requires very few supplies: strips of coloured paper, scissors, some quilling tools and transparent glue.
The quilling paper strips are usually around 3mm wide, and you don’t even have to cut them yourself (although you could, or maybe just shred paper), they come in a rainbow of colours, ready to be curled, twisted, spiralled and shaped.
The basic tools are much like long needles (to twist strips around) and curved tweezers (for assembling), and can also be found ready-made. Accompanying them for smaller projects can be cocktail sticks and pins – anything that would make working on a small scale easier, especially when applying tiny dots of glue.
Although the technique itself has not changed significantly through the years, with the variety of supplies and tools now you could achieve anything from a miniature 3D design to a wall-size decoration.
All of this leads us to what is perhaps the most essential quilling tool, be it a non-material one: patience.
Quilling requires some time, which appears even longer to those who’ve just discovered the love and enthusiasm for this craft and are eager to start making their favourite designs. But as with anything, a little patience and a good practice from the very beginning pay off. And so making sure you start off with basic coils and gradually move on to more sophisticated shapes, will bring you rewarding results.
This weekend we will be showing you how to make those exact basic shapes as we pay tribute to this exquisite form of art. As you can guess, we’ve put a lot of time into making a display full of quilled cards!
If you’d like to join the Easy Quilling class, come along this Sunday, July 1st, between 11am and 1pm!