Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been creative. And I’ve tried close to every type of art and craft out there. I have been known to wander down the aisles of craft stores swooning over paint, yarn and embroidery floss.
But after practicing the art of quilling paper for the last 6 or so years, I have come to the realization of quite a few reasons why quilling is the perfect craft!
The supplies are fairly inexpensive
Compared to so many other crafts, the basic equipment that you need to start quilling really costs peanuts! And, if you’re really creative and thrifty, you could get away with even less! Cut your own paper from what you have in your craft closet. Coil your strips around a needle, wooden dowel or even a toothpick!
The basics are simple to learn
The first steps of quilling simply involve coiling a long strip of paper around a needle tool. Sure, there are many advanced techniques, but the basic coils and shapes don’t involve tons of specialized know-how. Once you have the first steps down, you can create anything!
It travels well
Yep, you read that right! There have been many times where I’ve been up against a deadline close to a family road trip and I’ve had to take my quilling on the road. It’s definitely not the easiest way to quill paper, but if you’ve got a few dozen teardrop coils to produce for some gift tags and a limited amount of time, its totally doable in the car!
It stores easily
Comparatively to stacks of canvases, or shelves of ceramic jars, both quilling paper and the finished product don’t take up tons of space. There are lots of ways to store quilling paper and, depending on your project, finished quillings are usually fairly sturdy and strong.
Quilling has been around for centuries, and it’s popularity has risen and fallen through the years, but it’s still not extremely widely practiced. Although sometimes that means you’ll have to do a bit of explaining as to what quilling actually is, if you’re looking for an uncommon craft, quilling is it!
It’s a WOW!
There have been so many times that I hear “I can’t believe its made of paper!” from a buyer when one of my quillings get delivered. It’s always such an honor to have my work so well appreciated by others!
What are your favorite reasons to practice quilling? Leave a comment below!