When I first started sharing my quilling tutorials online, one of the first emails I received was asking if I could demonstrate how to do beehive quilling.
But not only did I not know how to roll beehive coils, I have never even heard of them!
Now I’m starting to see it more and more.
And, after some research and practice, I’m finally ready to share a quick introduction to the beehive quilling technique!
The beehive quilling technique was first created in 2011 by Susan of Susan Quilling.
Since then, it’s caught on like wildfire and quillers around the world have been using this technique to add all sorts of light and airy texture to their paper creations.
Simply put, the beehive quilling technique is all about using a single long quilling strip and a slotted tool to create many tightly rolled coils at one time.
It really is pretty simple to do!
Start with your needle tool a bit away from one end of your paper strip. For this demo, I started about a 1/2 inch from the end, but up to a full inch works well, too.
Once your tool is set, roll it towards the end. Essentially, the slotted tool will roll the quilling paper around itself, pulling in both ends of the strip at the same time.
The size of your coils will depend on the number of turns you make with your tool in each roll.
More turns will make larger coils, and fewer turns will make more of a wave shape to your strip.
When you take your tool away, you should have the first full coil.
After you’ve made your first coil, reinsert your slotted tool and continue rolling in the same direction as the first.
The key to the beehive quilling technique is to do the same number of rolls for each coil and also to keep the distance between the coils all the same length.
So for this demo, I moved my tool about 1/2 inch for each coil and turned my tool 4 times.
The result should be evenly sized coils that will not come unrolled right away.
With a bit of practice, these coils come together really quickly!
I also made a really short video for those who are having a bit of trouble visualizing all this!
Most often, it seems that quilling paper artists are using the beehive quilling technique to fill in large areas, such as flower petals or inside text.
To do this, mold your outline into whatever shape you wish.
Next, add a tiny dot of glue to the edges of each coil. Use your fingers, quilling tool, or fingers to place the strips where you’d like.
Keep adding strips of beehive coils until the space is filled. You’ll probably need more than you think you will!
I used some beehive swirls to fill in some leaves I made with my quilling comb. (Follow the steps I used to make this quilled shamrock to make these leaves!)
I also love the look of adding some coils to the outer edges of a paper swirl.
It looks like paisley to me!
Experiment with different sized coils or alternating the directions of your rolls!
You can roll two different colored strips at the same time, too!
I still don’t think I’ll really use the beehive quilling technique all that much, but I loved working with it and learning something new!
I might keep adding them to my swirls though!
How do you think you’ll add beehive coils to your quilling? Leave a comment below with any awesome ideas you have!