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Practical Quilling Paperback – October 22, 1998
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Supplies include quilling paper (which you can buy pre-cut into strips), quilling tools which resemble small long-needled awls, blank cards, scissors, straight pins, and glue (I suggest paper glue). Another very useful piece of equipment is a quilling cork board marked with circles where you can pin your petals, rolls, leaves, and hearts into (say) a Christmas wreath before gluing the individual pieces together. An optional piece of equipment is a fringing tool ($50 at the quillingsuperstore.com). You might also want a paper crimper. Both of the latter items are needed for any fancy flower creations.
Unfortunately, this Aussie author has not created very clear, easy-to-understand diagrams to work from. Her drawings are filled with mysterious X's O's and spirals which are not shown to scale on a grid, which would have made them easier to copy. There are some very cute projects in "Practical Quilling" including a jaunty frog, and some very beautiful flower cards, but I would recommend Malinda Johnston's "Paper Quilling" Weekend Crafter manual over this book for ease of use.
She has 8 pages of basic instructions including how to create fringed flowers and roses. She also has information on using metallic papers, sealing your project and crimping.
She has both drawn patterns and color pictures. There are very clear instructions on what each mark on the drawings mean. In one the x denotes fringed flowers. At the top of the instructions is a ledger that explains what each mark means. The instuctions are easy to follow and explain the steps in creating your coils and joining them to create a design.
with over 70 projects this book is a very good value.