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Quilling Basics

Here are some basic quilling instructions to get you started learning this beautiful art form.  The more you practice the more uniform your quilling shapes will be.  The shapes below were all made with 6" lenghts of  paper but you can use longer strips in your practice if desired.   


Basic Shapes

Tight Roll
Roll strip of paper on quilling tool.
Slide off tool while holding shape.
Glue loose end down.
Grape Roll
Make a Tight Roll.
Round up center of tight roll with finger or quilling tool.
Tapered Roll
Make a Tight Roll.
Press out center of tight roll to a sharp point using quilling needle or point of tweezers.
For large tapered rolls, taper tight roll as you are rolling it.
Ring Coil
Wrap strip around handle of quilling tool.
Glue loose end down while still on handle.
To make larger ring coil, wrap strip around larger object.
Closed Coil
Roll strip of paper on quilling tool.
Slide off tool.
Release and allow coil to expand.
Glue loose end down.
Eccentric Coil
Roll a Closed Coil.
Pull center of coil to edge and glue in place.
Tear Drop
Roll a Closed Coil. 
Pinch one side of coil to a point
ShapedTear Drop
Roll a Closed Coil.
Pinch one side of coil to a point. Bend point slightly to one side.
Tight Tear Drop
Make a Grape Roll.
Pinch one side of grape roll to a point.
Half Circle
Roll a Closed Coil.
Hold coil in fingers and gently press top with thumbs until approx. 1/3 of coil is indented and pinch points at each end of  indentation.
Tulip
Roll a Closed Coil.
Hold coil in fingers and using thumbs and index fingers gently press into 3 points making middle point slightly higher than ends.
Marquise
Roll a Closed Coil.
Pinch both sides of coil to a point
Shaped Marquise
Roll a Closed Coil.
Pinch both sides of coil to a point. Bend points slightly in opposite direction.
Tight Marquise
Make a Grape Roll.
Pinch opposite sides of grape roll to a point.
Square
Roll a Closed Coil.
Pinch both sides of coil to a point  (marquise).
Pinch two more points between first two points.
Rectangle
Roll a Closed Coil.
Pinch both sides of coil to a point (marquise).
Pinch two more points approximately 1/3 distance between first two points.
Triangle
Roll a Closed Coil.
Pinch one side of coil to a point (teardrop).
Pinch two more points equal distance from first point to top of curve.
Diamond
Pinch both sides of coil to a point (marquise).
Pinch two more points between first two points (square).
Press one set of opposite points slightly toward left and other set of points slightly toward the right.

 

Basic Scrolls

 
Loose Scroll (or open coil)
Roll strip of paper on quilling tool.
Release and allow coil to expand.
Leave as is for open coil, or pull portion of loose end straight to make loose scroll.

V Scroll
Fold strip of paper in half.
Roll each end outward toward the fold in paper
S Scroll
Roll one end to paper toward center.
Roll other end in opposite direction toward center.
Heart Scroll
Fold strip of paper in half.
Roll each end of paper inward toward fold in paper
 Double Scroll
Fold strip in half.
Roll both sides of strip towards same side
Double Scroll with Flag
Fold strip of paper in half.
Roll both ends together toward fold in paper.
C Scroll
Roll each end of paper in same direction toward center of paper.
 Asymmetric S Scroll
Roll one end of strip past center of paper
Roll other end of strip in opposite direction toward first roll
 Asymmetric C Scroll
Roll one end of strip past center of paper
Roll other end of strip in same direction toward first roll
 Asymmetric Heart Scroll
Fold strip in half.
Roll ends of strip inward toward center, rolling one side closer to center than other side
Asymmetric V Scroll
Fold strip in half.
Roll ends of strip outward toward center, rolling one side closer to center than other side
 Modified Heart Scroll
Fold strip off center (at 1/4 or 1/3 mark).
Roll each end of paper inward toward fold in paper
 Modified V Scroll
Fold strip off center (at 1/4 or 1/3 mark).
Roll each end outward toward the fold in paper

 

Quilling Tools

Slotted Quilling Tool
This is the tool most beginners start with. It has a small cut into the end of the tool to hold quilling paper in place while rolling. Coils made using this tool will have a small bend in the paper at center. This tool is also used to make folded roses.
Needle Quilling Tool
This tool resembles a long needle; some brands have a sharp point and others have a blunt point. Coils made using this tool do not have the small bend at center of coil. This tool is also used to make spirals.
 If you are just starting out and don't have any tools you can purchase a Quilling Tool Set which includes both the Slotted Tool and Needle Tool


Corsage Pin
A corsage pin can be used instead of a needle tool when smaller opening in center of coils is required or desired.
Design Board
A design board can be used to ensure coils are all the same size and also for making eccentric coils
Quilling Fringer
A quilling fringer is used to make small cuts into quilling paper along the edge. There are two different types of fringers - one that makes a 90 degree cut for fringed flowers, and one that made a 45 degree cut which is used for making fringed leaves
Fine-Tip Glue Bottle
A fine-tip glue bottle can be used to ensure only a small drop of glue is applied to quilling paper.


Quilling Papers

Quilling Paper Widths
1/16" and 1/8" wide paper strips are the most common used for paper quilling.
1/4" & 3/8" wide paper strips are mainly used for fringed flowers, fringed leaves, 3-D Quilling, and punched flowers.
Some papers are also available in wider widths from 1/2" to 2"
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