Getting started is fun and easy, but you’ll need a few tools to create and assemble your designs. The most important are your slotted tool and tapered needle tool. These are what you’ll use to roll paper into the shapes that will make your designs.
The needle tool is a long needle set in a handle. You use the needle tool to create rolls and scrolls by twisting paper around the needle. To roll paper using the needle tool, lightly moisten one end of a strip of paper and place it against your index finger. Position the tool on the end of the paper, and press the end of the paper around the tool with your thumb. Roll the paper without turning the tool, keeping the strip’s edges as even as possible.
The slotted tool is a short piece of metal with a slotted end to catch and hold the paper you are working with. To make a roll with the slotted tool, thread the paper into the tool’s slot. Slide the tool as near the end of the strip as possible, then turn the tool so that the paper wraps around it in a circular motion.
Both tools serve the same purpose, however many beginners prefer the slotted tool because it is extremely simple to master. More experienced quillers often use the needle tool, because the hole it leaves in the center of a rolled shape is smaller, and it does not bend the end of the paper as the slotted tool does.
In addition to these tools, you will need:
A Quilling workboard – a workboard made from cork with a plastic cover is ideal, but you can also improvise a workboard using waxed paper and corrugated cardboard.
Clear-drying white craft glue
We offer these basic tools, as well as fun accessories like Fringers and specialty papers.
Most designs call for standard width paper of 1/8 inch or 3 mm, but other widths may be specified. The size of the roll will depend on the length of paper you use to create it – your pattern will tell you what length to use. Practice making these easy shapes:
Tight Circle – roll the paper, then remove the tool without letting the paper unwind. Glue the loose end of your paper to the side of the roll.
Loose Circle – Roll paper and remove tool. Allow the coil to loosen slightly and glue the loose end of the paper to the side of the roll.
Teardrop – Follow the instructions for a loose circle, then pinch one side to create a point.
Marquise – Follow the instructions for a loose circle, then pinch it on opposite sides.
Shaped Marquise – Follow the instructions for a marquise, then gently curl its two pinched points in opposite directions.
Square – Make a marquise. Turn it ninety degrees then pinch it again on two opposite sides.
Rolled Heart – Follow the instructions for a loose circle. Then, pinch one side into a point and make a sharp indentation on the opposite side.
Bunny Ear – form a loose circle, then make a rounded indentation on one side
Loose Scroll – Roll one end of your paper while leaving the other end loose.
Open Heart – Crease your paper in the center, then roll each end toward the crease.
V Scroll – Firmly crease a strip of paper at its center. Then, roll each side away from the center.
C Scroll – roll each end of a strip of paper towards its center.
S Scroll – Roll one end of a strip of paper towards its center. Turn the strip over, and repeat the process on the opposite side.
Variations of Scrolls – you may vary any of the common scrolls by rolling one end of a paper strip to a point that is slightly off center.
These rolls and scrolls will get you started, but don’t forget to visit quilling.com often for instructional videos and free patterns to keep you learning.