Have you all heard of Quilling Earrings! It is a latest trend and fashionable too. Quilling is the art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils or scrolls, and arranging them to form elegant filigree. The art of Quilling belongs to craft category using this not only earrings one can create greeting cards, decorative designs, wedding invitations and many more things.
History behind Quilling
During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. The paper most commonly used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded paper strips were then rolled to create the quilled shapes. Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day.
In the 18th century, quilling became popular in Europe where gentle ladies of quality (“ladies of leisure”) practiced the art. It was one of the few things ladies could do that was thought not too taxing for their minds or gentle dispositions. Quilling also spread to the Americas and there are a few examples from Colonial times.
Tools needed for quilling
Quilling paper can be curled using hands or with something as simple as a toothpick, the quality of the paper coils can be vastly improved with the use of quilling tools. The essential tools for quilling are the slotted tool, needle tool, tweezers, and a circle sizer. Beginner kits are highly recommended as they have all these tools included. More advanced tools include the Boarder Buddy, Mini-Mold, Fringing Scissors, and Die Cutter.
Interesting facts about Quilling
Quilling paper is available on the consumer market in over 250 colors and from 1 mm size to 10 mm size or more.
Quilling paper can be given many shapes such as Tight coil, heart, S-scroll, eye, square, leaf, loose coil, spiral etc.
The craft has gone through many transformations and changes through the ages using new techniques, styles and materials. Dimensional quilling creates 3D items.
The craft has become increasingly popular due to the low cost of the material.
My experience of making Quilling
I got to know about quilling earrings through my sister’s friend. I was excited and fascinated to learn so bought all the needed the quilling essentials and started making it. The first quilling earring made did not come out that well. However I tried out a different pattern of earrings like jumkas, designs and after making every earring, I learnt new techniques and improved my makings.
A request by my friend making ‘Lord Ganesha’ using quilling inspired me to try the same. I myself did not except that I can make! And it came out pretty well and that was the very joyful moment for me. Got appreciation from all for the same.
I started this as a hobby and shared the knowledge of quilling with my friends; the happiest moment for me was that they started making it too. According to me, quilling earrings are very easy to make and anyone can do it.However requires patience. I am hoping to make many more new designs and continue my “Joy of Making”.