I have tried to limited myself to paper crafting…that doesn’t mean the list of what I do doesn’t grow…it just “always” has to do with paper. Early in my paper adventures I discovered quilling, gave it a try, and loved it. I like to quill with all different thicknesses of paper. Since I have a room full of paper purchasing paper for quilling wasn’t something that interested me.
When I first started quilling I purchased a basic set of tools. One of the tools I got was this purple tool. Basically, a handle with a slot at the top to put your paper in, so that it can hold the paper while you twirl it. I had seen videos of people twirling paper on a homemade modified needle and toothpicks; but, decided that was beyond me! They were so fast that it just didn’t seem realistic.
I ended purchased some paper that is just for quilling. It is longer and thinner than any paper I have for card making. I don’t use it regularly, but it is nice to have. One thing I noticed was that the quilling paper fit in the tool and many times the thicker paper did not…frustrating. Then I realized that this tool is made my the company that sells the quilling paper! So, really this is a quilling tool for THEIR paper. Argh.
I had previously made my own modified needle tool. Basically, a dowel scrap with a needle stuck into it. The top of the needle was cut off to allow the paper to slip in. I didn’t find this tool satisfactory. Even using Liquid Nails to adhere the needle it came out too frequently. And I ended up not really liking how the center of the twirl looks.
Recently, I have been making 40 of these quilled flowers with heart centers. I just couldn’t face trying to do them with the purple quilling tool. I would either be fighting with the tool or paying for special paper!
I went out on a limb and tried twirling the paper around a toothpick. As I am a beginner at this method, I am not fast or perfect. What I am is a happy quiller! I can do it and can see myself getting better with more experience.
I have found my preferred tool…the lowly toothpick.