Learn Basic Quilling and Shapes

Quilling has become a popular hobby and the kits are commonly available in leading shops selling hobby materials. It is interesting to note that quilling is done with paper and a right tool. We thought it will help our enthusiasts to check out the basic quilling technique and few shapes used to make some marvelous designs in time for Christmas and New year decorations.

How to Make a Tight Coil

Gather the following items:
– strips of paper (⅛ or ¼ inches wide) of varying colors
– a slotted quilling tool,
– a drop of white glue on a piece of scrap paper and
– a toothpick.


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

Turn the slotted tool towards you. Place your thumb or index finger at the very tip of the slotted tool: this will prevent the paper from slipping off the tool. Use the other fingers to guide the strip of paper so that it rolls into an even plug (called a tight coil).

When done, turn the slotted tool a quarter turn away from you. Pull the plug out of the slotted tool. Hint: the coil comes off the tool neatly if you pull the coil off the tool and not pull the tool out of the coil.

Use a toothpick to apply a small smidgen of glue onto the free end of the tight coil. Use your finger, a clean toothpick, or forceps to press the free end onto the coil.

When dry (about 5 seconds), you will have a tight coil. These can be used to make flowers, grapes, eyes and more.

Various  Quilled Shapes


Quilled Loose Circle
Roll a tight circle with your tool. Slip it off the tool and let the coil release and expand. Glue the end to the roll. This is the most common quilling shape. All of the other shapes first start off as a loose circle and then they are piched into their shape. The loose circle can be placed in the Circle Template Board and expanded into the preferred circle size. Having the exact size will help make perfectly proportioned quilled designs and uniform shaped.

Quilled Teardrop
Roll a loose circle. In one hand, hold the coil between your index finger and thumb. With your other hand, pinch one side of the circle to form a point.

Quilled Curved Teardrop
Make a teardrop. Take the pointed end and curve it in one direction.Use your fingernail or the side of the Needle Tool to do this.

Quilled Marquise
Roll a loose circle. Using both hands, hold the coil between your index fingers and thumbs. Pinch points at the opposite sides at the same time.

Quilled Curved Marquise
Make a marquise. Then curl or curve the pinched ends in the opposite direction. Use your fingernail or the side of the Needle Tool to do this.

Quilled Square/Diamond
Make a marquise. Then turn it ninety degrees and pinch two more points on the opposite sides. Each side should be about the same size forming a square.

Quilled Rectangle
Make a marquise. Then turn it slightly and pinch two more points on opposite sides. There should be two short sides and two long sides forming a rectangle.

Quilled Half Circle
Make a teardrop. Then pinch a second point close to the first point. The distance between the two pinched points will affect the height of the half circle.

Quilled Curved Half Circle
Make a half circle. Then curve the points toward each other.

Quilled Triangle
Make a teardrop. In one hand, hold the teardrop between your index finger and thumb. With the other hand, press the rounded end inward to form three points.

Known Places to find the hobby kit

1, Raja thread store, Ranganathan street, T. Nagar

2, R.S. Stationeries, L.B. Road, Adayar

Quilling Classes in Chennai

(Please check and verify with the listed  on your own. Chennai Focus publishes this for information and takes no responsibility on the listed institutes)

1.  Priyam creations

contact  8712707352 / 9962717779, email :  priyamcreations2013@gmail.com


contact priya @ 9443240024

3. Sai (Ambattur o.t)

charges : Rs. 500

contact 9790886353

Posted on November 26, 2013, in Art, Fashion, Hobby and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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