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The Art of Quilling

I have been doing various crafts for many years. Quilling is one of the most beautiful crafts around. It is easy to learn and inexpensive.

Beautiful 3-D quilled white tea cup, saucer, and spoon

Beautiful 3-D quilled white tea cup, saucer, and spoon

The Beautiful Art of Quilling

Quilling is one of the oldest forms of crafting art, it has been around since the Renaissance Ages. It is the art of rolling, bending, pinching and gluing thin strips of paper into different shapes. These shapes are combined to form ornamental designs. Quilling has make a resurgance in popularity in recent years. You can now see it being frequently used on wedding invitations, birth announcements, greeting cards, scrapbooking, and decorative boxes, just to name a few.

The paper that is used for quilling is acid-free and lignin-free. Lignin is a natural wood component that will break down and become acidic over time. The paper comes is various color and widths. I compiled a list of types of papers and sizes and matched them with websites and webstore and have a list of the ones who carry the best selection.

It goes without saying that I think Amazon and eBay are absolutely wonderful when it comes to selection of just about any crafting item. Be sure to check them out. They both really have a great array of supplies, patterns and kits.

Quilling paper and tool

Quilling paper and tool

Types of Paper

The are several types of paper strips you can use for your quilling projects. My suggestion is to try different types of paper strips to make small projects until you decide the type you like to work with.

Solid Standard colors




Jeweltones - deep dark colors with shiny metallic finish

SPECK-tacular - flecked with natural fiber.


Watercolor - starts out white gradually color appears and fades to white


Graduated - starts out with color on one end and gradually fades to white

Shade - different shades of a basic color

Quill trim - metallic gold or silver on one side

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A touch of gold & A touch of silver - edge of paper painted gold or silver

Beautiful quilling bouquet and bee.  Photo by Vcelka kvet

Beautiful quilling bouquet and bee. Photo by Vcelka kvet

Where to Find the Best Selection Online

Quilling Superstore

This webstore is fully equiped with many different types of quilling paper, tools, patterns and kits. They carry the following types of quilling paper:Standard solid colors, Sparkling, Metallic, Glistening, Jeweltones, SPECK-tacular, Parchment, Watercolor, Pearl, Graduated, and Shade.

They come in 24" strips and in the widths of 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 inch widths.


The Quilling webstore carries the following papers: Standard, solid colors, Pearlized, Jeweltone, Atouch of Gold & A touch of Silver, Glistening, Quill trim, Watercolors, Parchment and SPECK-tacular.

At this webstore the length of the paper strips are 24". They come in widths of 1/16, 1/8, 1/4 and 3/8.

Elegant Quilling

This webstore carries the follwing types of paper: Standard solid colors, Pearl, Metallic, Graduated, and Two-tone.

They carry paper in 8 different widths: 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8,3/4,and 1 inch.

Amazon and eBay

As always they carry a varied selection of the most popular sizes and color of quilling papers.

Beautiful, delicate quilling piece. Photo by Vietnet Quilling.

Beautiful, delicate quilling piece. Photo by Vietnet Quilling.

My Favorite Go To Sites For Free Quilling Patterns

Paper Quilling Patterns by Denise

This is a wonderful site for a variety of free quilling patterns. There is a huge variety from baby to Christmas. These patterns are so adorable you will be hard put to chose just one for your next quilling project.

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All Free Paper Crafts

This is a wonderful site, it offers 40 free quilling patterns. There is a terrific variety and the directions are clear and concise. Not only that, it has step by step instructions to help you learn how to quill. You'll love it.

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Love To Know

This site is filled with ideas and tips. You just have to visit it.

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Little Circles

You will love the tutorials and the patterns on this site. It is great for both the beginner and the more advanced quiller.

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I would be remiss if I did not include this marvelous blog in my list of go to sites. I thoroughly enjoy and use the valuable tips that are on this blog. I know you will too.

Quilling on cards.  Photo by Rohini

Quilling on cards. Photo by Rohini

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Learning to Quill

Like any other craft quilling has certain supplies that are necessary to make or complete a project. I have decided to make a list of the items that you will need to begin a simple the process of learning how to quill.

I suggest that you quill with household items. Why? What happens if you go out and buy all of the items you need and then find out that this really is not the craft for you? I'll tell you. You will be stuck with items that you will never use. Try first with items you will find at home.

  • First of all, you need to decide what type of project you will to craft.
  • Next, you need a pattern. Lucky you, I have listed a few place to obtain free patterns.
  • The third step is to gather up a few inexpensive items such as paper (try regular computer printer paper), glue, and a tool to roll the paper with.

What kind of tool? a good choice would be a cake tester, bamboo skewer, or even a round toothpick.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Susan Hazelton


Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on January 22, 2012:

They do have a Michael's in St Petersburg.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 21, 2012:

Do you have Michael's Craft stores there? These stores have quilling paper up her in the Midwest. Best luck! Rated Hub UP!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on January 21, 2012:

georgina, I looked through the yellow pages at all of the craft stores in St. Petersburg and it seems as though none of them carry quilling paper. I could be wrong but I couldn't find any. I get mine online from the ones I suggested up above. Sorry I couldn't help you.

georgina on January 21, 2012:

can someone please tell me where i can buy quilling paper in the st. petersburg/largo area

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