Quilling, or paper filigree, is back in crafting style. It’s
showing up on scrapbooking pages and homemade cards.
I wanted to try this craft I remember from many years ago. A
traditional snowflake kit has sat in my projects bin for a long
while, untouched. Then I saw the author of Twirled Paper on the
Carol Duvall show. The fantastic underwater scene in bright colors and
outrageous shapes was not the same quilling. I was intrigued, and
I had a blast with this kit in a book.
The designs are unique – animals, bugs, fish, aliens, food and
letters. The book is colorful and friendly. Quilling is easy
enough to teach children, while there are plenty of designs to
keep busy at all skill levels. The designs are so creative and fun
that I was inspired to create my own. Here’s a freeform design,
"Kooky Bird." He began from some of my practice coils. As you can
see, we used old record albums covered in waxed paper for our
The book comes with everything you need to quill, except for some
basic household supplies – waxed paper, straight pins, ruler,
toothpicks. The kit includes: the quilling tool, glue, googly
eyes, and lots of quilling strips in great colors.
The first quilling technique is tight coils. Very easy and
explained well in the text.
Next, we moved on to loose coils, which are used in most projects
and are turned into shapes to form your designs. Many different
shapes are shown in a visual glossary, with diagrams. I referred
back here as I made the designs.
I followed right along with the pictures and directions to make a
If you would like to try quilling, buy this book. It’s a great for
learning quilling, with a casual tone and creative designs. I’m
ready for my lacy snowflakes kit. Take a gander at our creations!