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The New Paper Quilling: Creative Techniques for Scrapbooks, Cards, Home Accents & More Cards – September 7, 2010
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Expert Christensen defines quilling as the "rolling, scrolling, shaping, or fringing of narrow strips of paper to create lovely designs." And the designs she showcases in this very striking handbook on the craft (which is growing in popularity) are indeed lovely. Addressing both beginners and advanced crafters, the author begins with basic tools and supplies, which are neither extensive nor elaborate, and then discusses basic quilling techniques. At this point, the book gives way to its "meat": instructions--clear and spirited--to 30 specific projects. Christensen's directions are augmented by absolutely gorgeous illustrations. The result is one of the most attractively formatted crafts book to appear this season. Brad Hooper
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About the Author
Molly Smith Christensen has been paper quilling for over 35 years. Her craft designs and projects have been featured in multiple magazines, including an international publication, and many books. Her line of quilled stickers (retired) were sold on QVC, in craft stores and magazines. She is an active member of the North American Quilling Guild and a former member of the Society of Creative Designers and Designer Section of the Craft and Hobby Association. She lives in Texas with her husband, C.J. Christensen.
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First of all, the author begins by listing a Basic Quilling Tool Kit that you'll need in order to learn to quill. She describes in detail each tool in the basic kit, possible substitutions, and where to find the supplies. (I was able to find all of the supplies at my favorite craft store.)
Then she describes and shows pictures of the basic quilling shapes (circle, bullet, marquise, teardrop, square, diamond, scrolls, roses, loops, spirals, and more). The photos showing how to hold the quilling needle tool were a helpful guide in the beginning. These basic shapes, along with the decorative quilling techniques, give you an endless possibility of quilling ideas!
I was so impressed with the number of projects in just one book! I use my quilling designs to embellish my children's baby books, but for someone needing quilling designs for more than scrapbooking, there are projects to decorate cards, gift bags, candles, plant pokes, coasters, magnets, keepsake boxes -- your quilling designs can even be elegant enough to be framed!
For each project, the author tells you exactly what tool you will need, along with the basic techniques used. The instructions are very clear and *so* easy to understand. She also has very helpful "tips" for each project, such as using different types of paper, time-savers, and ideas for additional projects.
My favorite project has been making alphabet letters for the titles of my scrapbook pages. She has three to choose from -- script, fillip, and circle. The quilled letters really stand out nicely on my pages.
I highly recommend this quilling book. If I can learn to quill, you can too! If you are looking for a fun new paper craft to get into, and you've been waiting for the right book to teach you how, you've got to get this one. I think both beginning quillers and advanced quillers will enjoy this book.
The author's work is very professional and the projects are lovely. They are different, with use of other materials besides paper incorporated into her designs. Embellishing an altered booktag with metal-shaped letters, dry-embossing paper before curling and using chalk to highlight finished elements. These give her creations a look distinctive from other quilling books and require different techniques to complete. In particular painting strips of paper as in the framed bold initials.
I especially like the framed evening dresses using only tendrils (glue is not necessary after shaping), but my taste for a classic quilled look with more traditional designs, leads me to try the candy toppers next. I would have preferred to see more ideas for cards, but this is just a niggle in what I believe is a very inspiring quilling book with a fresh new look.
Quilling is easy to learn and does not require a large investment in specialized tools. All you need is paper (I started with paper I use my ink jet printer) cut in thin strips, a big needle, and paper glue. Instead of a guilling tool I used a big needle with a big eye. To start quilling I inserted a strip of paper in the eye of the needle and began twirling. It takes just a bit of practice to get nice scrolls going and then the book gives you nice idea of shapes and projects to try. The author, Molly Smith Christensen, has been quilling for 25 years and she shared her experience, short cuts, and troubleshooting ideas with the readers.
The book has 115 pages of explanations and 8 pages of patterns/templates. The author starts with simple projects and progresses to complicated ones, such as making letters and large pictures. It was a great book for a beginner, and I think a more experience quiller would find interesting projects in the second half of the book as well.
Thanks to this book I found quilling to be fun and a hobby with quick rewards! Within the first half hour I had a beautiful greeting card ready to be mailed and admired.
Ali Julia review
This book is an excellent place to start. The author explains the basic shapes and how to make them using either a slotted quilling tool or a corsage pin. She gives lots of tips for applying glue and creating designs, including some techniques borrowed from other paper crafts that update this old art form and make it very modern and fresh.
After that, it goes into the projects, which are just lovely. They range from very simple large package "bows" as shown on the cover to delicate and classy monochromatic designs on keepsake boxes. The way the projects and the book is laid it, it's not in the least intimidating.
Since I tend to think of paper quilling as something applied to boxes, cards, or dimensional framed art, the idea of a colorful paper mobile seems very fresh to me. The fruit magnets made of crimped paper seem like a fun way to get my teens involved that won't require the sort of patience my mother's intricate designs did.
This is a good book to learn the basic techniques from, with projects that don't require huge time investments, and the very basic tools you need are very affordable.
From a big fan!