The craft of quilling, also called “paper filigree,” consists of cutting narrow strips of paper that are then curled and glued to create flowers, characters or other designs. Some examples of quilling found in museums today were created in the 15th century. Modern quilling practitioners create work for framing, stationery and other decorative purposes. Novices sometimes start learning the hobby of quilling by investing in kits made for beginners.
Flowers and Bugs
Those just learning to quill will have butterflies, flowers and balloons to show off when they follow the directions in one of the beginner kits from Quilled Creations (quilledcreations.com). Various tools come with the kit, as well as a storage box and a booklet with photographs illustrating the steps to create the quilled objects. Another beginning kit from Quilled Creations is the “My Bug Collection,” which contains enough materials to make a dozen quilled insects.
"Sweet Treats," a kit designed for beginners from quilling superstore.com, includes directions for learning basic skills, as well as all the quilling paper needed for the project. Finished projects include sweet treats, such as ice cream cones, lollipops and candy kisses.
Among the The Quick & Easy Quilling Kits from joann.com are some intended to give confidence to beginners. The Little Critters Kit includes paper and directions for creating such creatures as mice, ducks and fish that can then be turned into decorative magnets, gift tags and photo frames.
A beginner’s kit from whimsiquills.com contains materials and instructions for creating a variety of flowers. The site also offers “Miniatures 101,” a kit that provides instructions and materials for creating three-dimensional quilled items, including a basket, finger puppets and a floral treasure box.
This barnyard scene kit from ssww.com actually includes everything needed to make 12 items -- ideal for a group of beginners working together. The scene, which is created on a board included in each kit, includes a barn, fence, shrubbery and butterflies, among other quilled items.
Materials to make six animals, complete with wiggly eyes, are included in the Jungle Buddies Kit from kamya.com. Beginners can learn to quill a monkey, giraffe, tiger, elephant, panda and a hippopotamus.
The A-Z Collection from customquillingbydenise.com features one quilling design for every letter of the alphabet. This kit includes a sheet for mounting the letters, along with directions for creating each letter and quilling paper in a variety of colours.
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