Shereen at Waiting for Him hosts Sew Crafty Friday.
My cross-stitch clock has been put on temporary suspension. I have committed to a few other projects that take precedence one of which is a quilled frame for the Pay It Forward that I posted a bit ago. I thought I would share how I go about designing and creating my one of a kind quilled frames. I will be using my current project for an example, so Mom of Ned, you may want to skip this post.
The first thing I always do is to learn what theme or colors the person(s) I am making it for favors. For framed wedding invitations I try to coordinate with the bride’s chosen colors or the colors in the invitation. Then I set to work on the design. We corresponded and she told me her color and theme preferences and I then went onto the net for ideas. This project will have a bit of a country kitchen theme, which I have never done before. I searched all the quilling sites I could find, and then went to All Posters for inspiration. Then I was ready to begin.
After having an idea in my head, I set to work. The first thing I do is trace the mat that the quilling will be attached to onto a piece of paper.
After a bit of doodling on scratch paper, using pictures of artwork and colored pencils, I put my design onto my template.
I have very little drawing skills, and the artwork is crude, but I know what I mean by the sketching.
Once the design is roughly planned out, I gather my supplies. I chose the quilling papers from my supply,
and gather my tools together.
I use a ruler for measuring the length of the papers and the quill board and pins to hold the shape of the rolls. I have various punches to make leaves and other designs that I may or may not use, a fringing tool, a hatpin and special slotted quilling tool to create the pieces. I find Elmer’s no run gel glue to work wonderfully for gluing, which I apply with toothpicks. I use tweezers to place the finished rolls where I want them. Just a note: I don’t use scissors anymore to cut my paper because I find that tearing it hides the edges better. That is my preference. And so I am ready to begin.
Then I begin the project by taping my design to a piece of foam core board cut 9” by 12” and covering it with wax paper. The wax paper is great because the glue doesn’t stick to it.
I will be working on this over the weekend and if all goes well should have it done and out in the mail by next week. I will continue to take pictures during the process to share next week. I taught myself some 15 years ago when someone gave me a kit they found at a tag sale and I have been hooked ever since. If you are interested in learning how to quill there are some great sites to visit that could help you.