Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Paper Quilling

Ok, a glue stick is stuck in my craw and I am trying yet another papercrafting technique. I have always admired the lacy look of quilled framing around wedding invitations. So I began snooping around the local craft stores. Three craft stores later, I only found tubes of basic paper, a simple tool and NO instructions. Hum... So, with a tube of neutral color strips and a basic tool, I paddled home to figure out how to do this.

Quilling began during the Renaissance. Italian and French Nuns used the gilded edges of books to form the rolled flowers and scrolls. During that time, paper was a prized commodity which served to increase the value of the decorated items. Bibles and trinket boxes were most often decorated with designs that were done to mimic the ironwork of the times. During the 18th Century, upper crust Ladies of Leisure began practicing the craft. It was felt that this task would not put on strain on their delicate constitutions....oy.... :o) Quilling spread to Colonial America and there are examples that can be found from that time period. Today, quilling is done around the world and by all walks of life.

During my research, I found many wonderful blogs and websites that display the beautiful art and provide patterns and supplies. I found one in particular that encouraged me to get started. I want to give Monica a shout out for the great tutorials she has posted on her giddy greetings blogspot. Check out her tutorials and her blog.

I made this card for the Splitcoast CAS06 Challenge. At the bottom are my first few roses as adornments.

CTMH – White Daisy, Hollyhock
Clear Art Impressions and Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Ink – Stamp Pads
CTMH – New England Ivy, Garden Green, StazOn Stone Gray
Prisma Markers, Marvy Markers, Brads, Ribbon

I will continue to research Paper Quilling and let everyone know what I find out and try! Quilling is on the list with Heritage Scrapbooking, Crocheting and Paper Embroidery. I wish there were more hours in the day. For Now, Happy Crafting!


Quilling with Whimsiquills said...

Hi Cindy! You are not alone in your frustration . . . if you are looking for quilling supplies, your best bet is online. We carry an awesome line of supplies, but even better we have more than 80 free patterns on our web site,( free instructions, and all kinds of helpful information on my blog ( I also profile some awesome quillers on the blog with pictures of their work. Enjoy!
Pat Caputo

Monica said...

Thank you so much for the point to my blog! I appreciate it. I do hope you take up quilling. Pat in the above comment is a great quiller. I have ordered from her before and she's awesome!


Becky said...

love this image and you colored it so beautifully.

Shirley said...

How very very pretty your flowers are and the buttons are a nice add too!