Quilling has always been a fascination for me and it’s always exciting to start a new creative outlet! This book walks us through it to make some fantastic new projects!
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The Art of Modern Quilling
Written by Erin Perkins Curet, this book is stocked full of easy to follow directions and photographs to guide everyone easily to a new fun and exciting hobby! With each chapter, skill is built so that you can create something useful, whimsical or something you can even give as a gift. There are also pro tips all throughout the book to make things easier and your skills better.
The book is full of step-by-step instructions to get you started. Though I set out to grab the supplies to begin this new hobby, I quickly forgot my shopping list and haven’t been able to start thus far but I’m excited to (finally) get started soon!
This book is published by Quarto Knows, you can also check out some of the other fantastic books that I’ve reviewed from them here.
What You Need to Get Started Quilling
Getting started is far more simple than one might imagine, in my head it was going to be far more difficult! There are, of course, many other supplies and tools one might need down the road, but after you get the book you really only need these four things to get started!
- Quilling Tools & Rollers (the book does say you can do it without them, but it is more difficult and -quote- tedious)
- Quilling Strips: make sure it’s acid-free, archival and colorfast. The book does include instruction on cutting your own if you’d prefer.
- Enamel Sealer
You can also get everything except the sealer, along with a fantastic storage box in the Quilling Kits they have! Once you get the hang of it, you can invest more heavily into supplies but these are fantastic for getting you started!
Chapters in the Book
- The Basics: This chapter is just what you would guess, it informs us of the materials and tools necessary, covers various sealers discusses paper types and how to cut your own quilling strips.
- Quilling Shapes: This chapter teaches us with step by step instructions how to make fourteen different shapes. The first project in the book is how to make a shapes board. The shapes board will help you to have a reference for the shapes you’ve mastered and which are available when doing projects, such as mosaics. Next, they teach how to make wineglass charms, a beautiful silhouette mosaic, basic mosaic of any shape you’d like, and a butterfly mobile.
- Round and Needle Forms: This chapter covers quilling using circular forms such as needle forms, dowels, stacked forms and random round objects around the house. It teaches how to do stacked quilling towers to make more at a time and to have plenty on hand when you start larger projects. Next, there are directions for making Teardrop Swirl Earrings, Dewdrop necklaces, an arching candle holder, and even a Mandala Wall Clock.
- Chapter Four: This chapter teaches how to use shaped forms (like cookie cutters!)! The projects include a Retro Television Ornament (which I love) and an adorable Whale Pencil and Phone holder.
- Quilling Molds: This chapter teaches us how to use quilling molds to make projects 3-D and add an extra pop (pun totally intended). Projects include Quick Roll Coasters, Open Dome Earrings, Paper ‘Pearl’ Necklaces and a Squared Sun Mosaic!
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