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Exploring the art of quilling with Pearl & Ruby in Spalding




This month, Kayleigh Ayre from vintage, retro and pre-loved independent store Pearl & Ruby, in Red Lion Street, Spalding, shows us how to use quilling to make pictures to frame, greetings cards, hanging decorations or gift tags. You could even make a Father's Day gift project.

You could make all sorts of designs - such as this crab.
You could make all sorts of designs - such as this crab.

You will need:

A glue gun

Quilling paper strips (I have used 2mm)

Gather together the items you will need for your project.
Gather together the items you will need for your project.

A quilling tool

A wooden template (optional)

Tweezers or a toothpick (optional)

Insert the end of the paper strip into the slot of the quilling tool.

Turn the slotted tool towards you until the paper is completely spiralled. Carefully remove the spiral from the tool.

You can keep the coil tight or let it expand slightly. You can create different shapes if you pinch one end (into a teardrop shape) or both ends (into a marquise/eye shape). Many different shapes can be achieved, so feel free to experiment

Once you have your desired shape, apply glue to the back and stick it in place, this is where the tweezers or toothpick may come in handy. We have used a wooden heart template, but you can stick straight onto card or choose your own template to suit your project. We have also made a bespoke crab design and found it helpful to draw out the shape on the paper first, to use as a guide.

You may need a little patience but as you stick lots of coils down it starts to look very colourful and your design will soon take shape.

Don't forget to remove any excess hot glue strands.



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