Paper Quilling – Easy & fun Hobby to learn

by Rids on March 6, 2011 · 82 comments

PAPER QUILLING – EASY AND FUN HOBBY TO LEARN

Hi everyone!! This article is dedicated to Jomol . :) I recently got in touch with new friends from IMBB on FB…. jomol browsed through my pictures I put up on FB and asked me to write an article for paper quilling – at least about basics of paper quilling methods and materials. :)

paper quilling
So here I go – I am no expert at paper quilling but I came across this hobby when I saw beautiful paper quilling work by a lady at “hobby ideas” store at Inorbit Mall in malad. The quilled card she made looked like a delicate fine lined drawing. She had made such beautiful cards and paper bags using simple materials that it inspired me instantly to try a hand at this.
According to Wikipedia, Quilling is the art of creating decorative designs from thin strips of curled paper. This age-old art of paper quilling has been around since Renaissance which dates back to about 3 to 4 centuries during the time when the nuns used small edges trimmed from the Bible pages to create simple but beautiful form of artistry.

The be best thing about this art is that it doesn’t require using hi-fi complex tools; long strips of paper are tightly wound and released to form complicated and complex shapes.
Because of how the scrapped of paper were wrapped around goose quilles to create “coiled shapes”, it was later known as “Quilling”.

The basics:
In this article I will give you idea about getting started with paper quilling. Your first investment, I should say inexpensive investment will be paper quilling strips and paper quilling tool (this one is optional – I don’t have a tool). This hobby is not at all expensive since most of the other things you will require will be already present at your place – this includes bottle of glue ( fevicol works the best), toothpicks to apply the glue etc.

Now the basic and important thing you need to buy is paper quilling strips – these you’ll get in any stationary store. I got mine from a huge stationary store called ANUPAM in Mumbai. You get these in “hobby idea” stores also but I found prices at Anupam stores quite cheap. I would suggest you invest in a multi-colored pack, it will give you array of colours to experiment with. It has enough quilling strips to last for quite a long time. I got one last year for 70 rupees and I have still not finished it yet. Also one more thing, quilling strips are available in a variety of widths, I have started with the basic 3mm width strip that is available, you should experiment to see what suits your creativity best. :)  Quilling paper comes in over 250 colors and they come in variety of types such as – solid colors, graduated, two-tone, acid free, and more.

Acid-free quilling paper completely free of any acid, which makes it great for scrap booking, rubber stamping, and creating frames for pictures. I have not seen this paper in Mumbai so far..

Graduated quilling paper has a solid, concrete color on the edges, but will gradually fade to white, or visa versa. This one is available here.

Two-tone quilling paper has a solid color on one side and a comparatively lighter solid color on the other side. This one also I have seen them here.
Here is the pic of quilling strips I got from anupam store –

paper quilling

paper quilling

Next thing you ll need is – quilling tool – a metal instrument with a tiny slit in one end. It is used to guide the strip and coil it. I don’t have a quilling tool, I simply use a metal paper pin and coil the strip around it ☺. If you buy a paper quilling kits that are available in the market, it will have the tool along with quilling strips.

paper quilling

Another optional tool is the quilling boards- I don’t personally find it to be that important to buy – at least for beginners like me – if you thinking to do quilling professionally then you may require one of these to create coils. Made from cork or firm foam it usually has a template attached to the top in which there are holes of different sizes. As you make your coils you can drop them into the holes which helps them open out to just the right size.

 

paper quilling

 

Quilling fringer –

paper quilling
This is used to create fringed flower. Again I don’t have this tool. This tool helps you to use sharp pointed scissors to cut the quilling paper but a quicker way, if you are intending to make lots of them. You pass the paper through this and it comes out the other end evenly cut and ready to roll. I prefer wasting my time by manually cutting the strip very finely and making a fringed flower. :)

Creating a basic curl:
Cut a piece of strip – few inches long and then holding the quilling tool (metal paper pin in my case)in your right hand ( left for lefties) – insert one end of the strip into the slit. If you using metal paper pin like me , just place the pin on the end of the strip and roll it along with the strip to curl the strip tightly around the pin. ☺ After you insert the paper into the slit of the quillin tool – turn the tool clockwise gently guiding the paper strip.

paper quilling

paper quilling

After you are done with the paper curl, release it from the tool/ metal paper pin. Then you can let it expand as much or as little as you want – shape it by pinching or pressing it with your fingers and when you’re happy with your result – carefully dab a glue to the loose end of the paper strip and stick it to hold shape. Hold the paper together for a moment or two until the glue dries.

paper quilling

To gain confidence, begin by experimenting with the basic shape. You can combine individual shapes to form an endless variety of flowers, snowflakes, butterflies, birds, and abstract art. When you’re satisfied with the design, glue the shapes together.

Here are pics of my creations – -
First two are the envelopes I made .. it was the very first thing I made. :)

paper quilling

paper quilling

This one I made for my bf for valentine’s day :)

paper quilling

This one I and my friend made :)

paper quilling

This much is enough for now – next article I can teach you to create a variety of shapes . :) let me know what you wish to learn. :)

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Rati March 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

Rids :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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rids March 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

thnks rati :)

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calicoaster March 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…sooo pretty rids!! I remember we were taught all these and other paper art in our SUPW classes :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: !! But, I’ve forgotten all now!! :P :P

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Radhika March 6, 2011 at 11:08 am

SUPW – not heard that word in so long…our SUPWs were embroidery and embroidery and more embroidery…would have loved it though but then the lady shifted to stitching skirts and stuff and I kind of lost interest :|

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calicoaster March 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

khikhikhi…we were even taught horticulture in that!! :D :D :D :D….Rajasthan ke winters mein it was heaven….working on plants in hot sun outside!! :D :D

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rids March 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

thnks cali :)

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Radhika March 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

Tinkerbell!! Is AMAZING…so so pretttttty….I never knew about this at all “quilling”

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rids March 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm

thnks rads !!!! JOMO told me abt ur phobia of FB ..LOL FUNNY !!!!
hahahahaha

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Rads March 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm

:| :| :| not phunnnneeee at all…that thing is evil!!!!!!!!! :| :| :| :| :| :| :| :|

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rids March 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

lol NO ITS NOT !!!

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jomol March 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

Rids…………… :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: I was waiting so eagerly for this article of yours…..I lovvvvvvvvvved it…..can anyone help me with finding this paper quills in hyderabad………..anywhere i can find this and the tools in hyderabad, please tell me, and Rids, I am waiting for your next article…………. :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:

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Uzma March 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Jomol, there is a shop opp to China Bazar in General Bazar Sec-bad which sells all craft material, you could check there OR Ramkote has shops like Jagadamba which sell craft material, hope this helps :yes:

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jomol March 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Thank you so much Uzma….I will definiately go to the china bazaar in General Bazaar and pick up the things…….I am so happy I have my own justdial in Uzma :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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rids March 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

thnks jomol … m glad to help… m happy to teach you all .. :)

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Samin March 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

Wow…!! :-)

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jomol March 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

I loooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvved it Rids…………..I want to do quillling now…..Rids inspired me…………. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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jomol March 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

Rids……….thanks for the dedication…………I am really glad and happy you considered my request :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy:

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Radhika March 6, 2011 at 11:18 am

I cannot believe you did a “good deed”…you feeling all right kyaaa????

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rids March 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

jomol is good to GOOD PPL …. hahahahahahahaha rads ur too naughty lol lol

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jomol March 6, 2011 at 11:20 am

err………I am always good on Sundays….my usual dose of chicken curry calms me down O:) O:) O:) O:) O:)

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Sanjeev March 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

Tell that to the chicken whom you ate :sidefrown:

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Naina March 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

rids :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: awesome work !!! :waytogo: :waytogo:

now i will also pull out my quilling kit n start some work :toothygrin:

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rids March 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

thnks naina …!!!

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jomol March 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

I took the chicken’s consent beforehand and her last wish was to be made fat-free by getting fried in the microwave for at least 15 minutes and less of garam masala and green chillies and no black pepper because she was allergic to it……..and I agreed O:) O:) O:) O:) O:)

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Sanjeev March 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

My, how considerate of you not to put black pepper. You’re really good on sundays. :tongue:

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sireesha March 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

WoooooooooooooW………superb article rids! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: i am def gonna try this out….. :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: and your creations are aweeeeeeeesomeeeeeeee!!! :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho:

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rids March 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm

thnks siri !! def try its soo easy :)

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Navpreet March 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

Wow rids…that was beautiful……….i am surely going to try this…and waiting for ur next article…. :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

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Pooja March 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

Good Morning eyeryone :coffee:.

Rads @ you have made my day with this wonderful post… and they is some very very beautiful work… pls enroll me in your class.. I will be the first to come & you will be thowing me out coz i will never want to leave :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: … yes yes yes I want to learn the different shapes :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Rads March 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm

It’s Rids, Pooja :D Has Tinkerbell pic

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rids March 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm

thnks pooja :toothygrin:

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nishitha March 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

could u plz let me knw where can i get this quilling tool nd papers in hyd????

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jomol March 6, 2011 at 11:51 am

Hiiiiiiiiiiii Poojaaaaaaa

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Pooja March 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

Jomol @ how r u :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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Anupam March 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: superb!!i would love to see more tuts on shapes!! :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

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ramya March 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

awesome work rids….. even i love quilling…. its kind of relaxing to see beautiful things emerge out of strips of paper…. waiting for ur further posts…. :)

jomol… u can try dis site http://www.itsybitsy.in/html/aboutus.html
it is based out of banglore and u get some amazing stuff there….

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bulbul March 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

hey Rids, i have this hobby too…. :handshake: :handshake: :handshake:
in fact this year, i made my bf a quilling card on V day. :joker: :joker:
nice article. :yes: :yes:

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shanaiia March 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

oh wow…too pretty…me wanna learn this 2 :)

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Ritika March 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

We were also taught quiling in school :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:
I want to do it again now,will definitely get the quilling paper when i got to the market next time :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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veena March 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: awesome

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Sruthi Nair March 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

What r u doing here? Today is ur engagement isnt?? How was the function?? Went well??? ?:)

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Sruthi Nair March 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

veeneee…What r u doing here? Today is ur engagement isnt?? How was the function?? Went well??? ?:)

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Aditi March 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

:waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:
I love this article!! Bookmarked :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

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Uzma March 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Rids that’s awesome :yes: :waytogo:

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Sumi March 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Rids I have become a great fan of your dear.
can you hear a heavy applause
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
commom IMBB lets put our hands together for Rids..

rati we are looking more of these creative articles too

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Bee March 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Rids :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho:

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Sweta March 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm

this is really an inspiring article…& the art is soooo beautiful…

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Sruthi Nair March 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I’m eagerly waiting for ur further posts on Paper Quilling..It was really inspiring :bravo: ..I’m gonna try this very soooooooonnn :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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Anupama March 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Beautiful! Looks so delicate :)

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Neha S. March 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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MONA March 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

its amazing ……..i will teach it all my frnds and make it popoular?

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Nids March 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

wow rids.. u r soo creative :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :clap: :clap: .. i luved everything u made n the best being the valentine heart :inlove: :inlove: :heart: .. i wanna learn this so tht i can also utilize my freee time at home being sooo,nhi a lil,creative :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: …how u mad those leaves n alll… i’m waiting for ur other post now.. :waiting: :waiting:

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Shweta March 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

damn cute :) great hobby…the art luks so beautiful :jaiho: :jaiho: thanks a lot for sharing :D

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zeeba March 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Omg…this is such a pretty and delicate craft …. will look forward to ur posts :)

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rids March 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

@ everyone – - THNK YOU EVERYONE … M SO GLAD THAT U APPRECIATED MY WORK !!! YOU PEOPLE MADE MY DAY !!

I WILL DEFINITELY POST MORE ABT QUILLING !!

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Jinal March 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Rids…………..amazingggggggggg
You are going to teach me…. :toothygrin: :toothygrin:
Mane ke kyare free che?? Hu aavish taara paase quilling sheekhva :yahoo:
Loved everything u made :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

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rids March 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

thnks jinal !!! :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:
aray tu ke … tane kyare sikhvu che … ll definatelyy teach ya .. :)

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Jinal March 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm

:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: thank youuuuuuuuu
u such a sweetheart…..hu tane kaish pachi we’ll meet and go shopping and u also teach me :jiggy1:

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rids March 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

hehehe pakku pakku

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flygirl March 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

am amazeddddddddddddddddddd
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:

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Shreya March 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

WOW :D so pretty art i had never seen anything like this :)

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Nia March 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Looks so pretty! Loved it!!!!

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Amee March 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

superb!! awesome!!! beautiful!! lovely!!
me too want video tuts!!! pls pls pls…
thanks for sharig… :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

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Suma March 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

these are beautiful Rids! and the colors and the flowers and the HEART is soooooooooo pretty :) Awesome hobby! i’ll try my hand at it for sure :)

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Saloni March 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

this is just amazing dear…

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Rentu March 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

wow, you are one talented girl :waytogo:

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arpi March 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

wow thds gr8888…ya we r surely interestedf for more stuff
like these

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Swathy March 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm

wow…lovely….would definitely love more on this topic :) I did used to do origami but its been a long time since I have left it…..would love to learn something new again :)

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Ida March 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Hi Rids, those are so lovely! :heart: They look so intricate and delicate. :)) :)) :))

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Sudha March 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Rids….teach us more …I m loving IMBB :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Aarthi March 9, 2011 at 10:49 am

Wow.. Loving it.. Never heard about this before :)

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renu September 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

can i get quilling paper in ameerpet

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sonal September 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Wow.. Loving it. :thanks: :thanks:

:cheers:

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darshana chauhan September 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

hey liked ur wrk very much n d way u have xplained it i liked it a lot good job waiting for ur other forms of designs in quilling :thanks:

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reena dhairyawan September 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm

:
Thanks: for using our products and making people aware of such abeautiful craft
HAPPYQUILLING!

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adi February 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hey Rids ,

Its very nice . . Do you have any idea what is use to make this quilling glazy ?

-Adi

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rachna April 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

its really nice… i just love quilling.. :) :))

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Kunda Naik May 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

I must say ur simply gr88888888…loved the way u explained it so well
Just yest i bought a set of quilling instruments n stripes, there
are 2 things in the set 1 is twizzer like thing n the other is the type u
showed in the 2nd pik but I dont know how to go about that thing
Do I have to unscrew it to hold the stripe tight?

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Neeraj June 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

This is the most amazing hobby ideas article I have read. U r really talented and what a fresh and modern art. Will try it out too!!
Goes good as gifts and cards and virtually everything.

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Renji June 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

wow…so pretty…luv this…..:))

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pooja January 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm

thanks. i got very good suggestions and ideas. can i know whether i can get quilling books in market which will give basic knowledge and good ides……….. for making greeting cards. its only my hobby

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