Paper quilling, also called paper filigree, is a European 15th century paper craft. This paper art has experienced a resurgence in popularity during the last few years. You can find paper quilling incorporated into scrapbooking, card making, monograms, paper flowers, jewelry, wall art and even advertisements. It is incredible how you can make complicated shapes and patterns from simple paper strips and glue!
This is an introductory class to paper quilling. We will be making various scrolls and rolls. Getting ourselves familiar with rolling strips of paper, releasing them and pinching them into shapes. These shapes will be turned into flowers, leaves or other desired shapes. You will design your work in a 5” x 7” shadow box. Students will get to choose a choice of 2 designs, flowers in a box or a tree. These 2 are popular designs at my craft shows. These 2 projects are curated based on your comfort level, what you can achieve within the time frame of the class. If you are super fast and have some time left, I will also have A2 greeting cards with envelopes, available for you to embellish with your design. Some of these instructions will be pre-recorded on my YouTube channel, but, please let me know if you’d like me to record a particular scroll or roll. I will compile these additional videos into your class video.
Each student will be given a customized quilling kit that I’ve put together. You will get a 5×7 shadow box and maybe a card or two, time permitting. Paper of various colors is also provided, some pre-cut and some we will cut ourselves.
This class is suited for both beginners and intermediate students. Though not a requirement, students with experience in handling paper projects such as scrapbooking, origami, paper flowers or similar will find this class agreeable. A certain amount of dexterity in the fingers is required, crafters such as jewelry makers, quilters, knitters and likewise are welcomed! If you are new at crafting, as long as you have short fingernails and can thread a needle, we welcome you!
Everyone will work at their own pace based on the projects you chose.
I was born in Malaysia and moved here permanently 20 years ago. Prior to arriving here, my family and I were living in London, England. How did it all start for me? I was given a paper quilling kit as a Christmas stocking stuffer from my mother in law more than 20 years ago, and the rest is history! I found a passion for paper, and never stopped quilling even when I was gainfully employed. I have been a full time crafter for 5 years now. I try to incorporate modern and contemporary spins into this ancient art form, and I’m happy to say that there are plenty of professional designers on the web whom I have emulated over the years.