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Quilling hobby

Tools and Rules For Wonderful Quilling as a hobby


We could define quilling as an act of "killing" time in a pleasant and useful manner, by producing decorative items out of rolled thin strips of paper. When it emerged as a handcrafting activity, a bird feather was used to roll up the paper strips, that's why this activity was named quilling. But producing quilling designs is also known as paper filigree and filigrana because of the beautiful delicate aspect the strips of paper take following quilling.

The fundamental principle of quilling is working out on some basic shapes such as round coils of paper (tight or loose), oval-shaped coils, teardrops, hearts, one end scrolled contours or both ends scrolled contours in "C" or "S," spirals, squares, triangles or rectangles. Once you gain skillfulness and rate on producing these, quilling designs will only be a matter of creatively placing them together to acquire the item you desire.

In quilling, we ought to look closely at the properties of the paper we choose. It's recommended for the paper to be thin and easy to curl, bend and roll. There are several types of paper that we can use to achieve impressive results when we are working on our quilling designs:

1. The acid-free paper has the benefit of not modifying its appearance in time. By using this sort of paper, we will have the certainty that the photo album or the scrapbook we have decorated and offered as a gift will not end in the garbage after a month or two because it became yellowish.

2. The two-tones paper includes a solid color on one side and a slightly lighter nuance on the other. We can use this sort of paper to make effects of different color intensity on our quilling designs. It's recommended especially when we use spiral shapes.

3. The graduated paper includes a solid color on the edges, fading to white towards the center. It's useful when we wish to create shadows and fading effects.

Besides paper, when you start quilling as a Hobby we will need first cutting, measuring and gluing tools. Al these can be purchased from any hobby supplies stores. There are also some golden, but simple rules you need to follow in order not to spoil your quilling designs. Here are some of them:

1. The most common mistake people make when they are quilling is to put too much glue. This will inevitably compromise your work. To avoid this mistake, use tinny bottles of glue with hints. This way you'll also avoid getting dirty in your hands and then spotting your job.

2. If your hands do get in contact with glue, look at using tweezers to pick up your pieces and avoid dirtying your quilling designs.

3. Always bear in mind the big picture. If you are making items to decorate a greeting card or an invitation, don't lose sight of the fact that they will be introduced in an envelope. This means that you ought not to overdo with the depth of the plan and, in the end, find out your card or invitation will not go in the envelope.


Choosing the right tools and sticking to these simple work rules are the chief ingredients of producing appealing quilling designs. Add a little originality when putting the pieces together and your job will be honored anywhere it might be.



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