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« on: March 29, 2010 06:40:11 PM »

This is my first quilling item. I just learned of this paper craft from a wonderful friend and thought I would give it a "twirl".
I don't have all the fancy tools, just paper I cut into strips, good ol' school glue, and I used a bobby pin to roll the paper strips. The bobby pin worked well because It "holds" the beginning of the paper roll and then I slid it off and continued to roll freehand.

Since I'm  new to the craft any tips, tricks or suggestions would greatly be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010 06:42:35 PM »

Your beginning quilling looks good.

 I have it on my list of things to try this year, so I don't have any advice for you, just some encouragement.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010 07:01:49 PM »

I've never heard of quilling before, but you like you are onto a great start. These look great!
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010 07:17:18 PM »

I've never heard of quilling before either, but yours look so good I'm going to have to look into this!
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2010 07:16:35 AM »

Looks great!  I haven't tried quilling yet, but one of these days I'd sure like to  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2010 11:25:04 AM »

Looks like you're off to a great start.  I got through one section and was distracted by my sewing machine, never to return. 
I don't know about tips or books, but I have seen a number of short tutorials and projects around the internet and craft blogs, so there is stuff out there for free to get you going.
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2010 11:40:53 AM »

Hi, your first work looks great. I think you might have been very proud of it, because it's also my feeling when I did it first time (few months ago Cheesy).

I also use just my toothpick to scroll the strips, and also cut my paper into strips manually too T__T I cannot find the place to buy the tools at my place Sad

You can find more templates to practice by searching on YouTube, there are lots of videos teach you how to do. Or Googling, find a crafts forums, etc., maybe you can find a free ebook for downloading Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2010 02:09:43 PM »

I tried this once.. didnt come out so good.  Cheesy You did a fantastic job! Look forward to seeing your next project.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2010 06:56:26 PM »

you did this with a bobby pin?? I am totally impressed. I love quilling- this Christmas I made my whole family snowflakes upon snow flakes upon snow flakes....they loved it and I was addicted.

I used a toothpick for about the first few months and then went to Michael's and upgraded to a real quilling tool. It will change your quilling life. One thing you don't need for sure are the silly little scissors they try to sell you with the quilling tool- don't buy them...

also.... I get all my paper from Whimsiquills.com...it's so cheap Smiley

have fun quilling Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2010 11:58:29 AM »

I used a toothpick for about the first few months and then went to Michael's and upgraded to a real quilling tool. It will change your quilling life. One thing you don't need for sure are the silly little scissors they try to sell you with the quilling tool- don't buy them...

also.... I get all my paper from Whimsiquills.com...it's so cheap Smiley

have fun quilling Smiley

Hehe, I'll take a look on that site. Hope that they have delivered service Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2010 08:53:44 AM »

Hey, I've quilled for 2 years now, but your first try was way better then mine!  Grin
I suggest buying a paper cutter (if you don't already have one) and a real quilling tool if you like quilling and you decide to do more of it.   
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2010 05:29:05 PM »

Excellent first results!  Way better than my first attempts.  I've been quilling for a while, although I haven't made any new projects in a while.   

I have a few tips:
1. I use a slotted tool, some people use a needle tool.  Either one of these are only about $3 or $4.

2.  I buy pre-cut paper.  For large projects it saves time and frustration.  Also, it provides much more even edges.

3. practice, practice, practice.  It takes a steady hand, so it takes some practice.

I have no affiliation with this website, but I use them almost exclusively.  quilledcreations.com  I have been very happy with their products and service for several years now.  Also, there are a lot of helpful tips on there. 

Good luck keep it up!
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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2010 11:32:19 PM »

I am about to attempt my 1st quilling project and I appreciate reading about your "first time"! Smiley  Excellent use of a bobby pin indeed.  I was wondering if I could avoid buying tools for my 1st attempt...  I have a few books from the library and a pattern/tutorial from a blog... now, I need the paper and some time.  Can't wait to get started.  Thanks for everyone's ideas...I have wanted to try quilling for years.  Cheesy
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