A while ago, I saw a window tag at the scrapbook store that held confetti. The tag was made from two pieces of card stock with a clear plastic window sandwiched in between. As I examined the piece, I wondered if it would work with quilling and filed the idea away in my idea box
We have a dog, Trixie, who is part golden retriever, part husky, (and who knows what else) that my husband brought home from the pound. She loves the treats I purchase that come in a plastic bag. This bag is heavy duty, clear, and pliable. In other words …. perfect for crafting … so into my inspiration bin it went.
While looking through my inspiration bin I ran across the plastic bag, remembered the window tag, and I knew it was time to give the idea a try.
First, I created a bookmark template with a window and printed two (front and back). Then, I cut two pieces of plastic (from the recycled plastic bag) larger than the window. I quilled a little acorn and slid it between the plastic sheets. I then placed this between the front and back pieces of the bookmark, tacking the two together at the top and bottom away from the stitching area. Next, I stitched around the edges to hold it all in place. Finally, a tassel on the bottom completed the bookmark.
You’ll find the free quilling pattern for the acorn, along with the bookmark template and complete instructions and photos for creating the bookmark, in the next newsletter. So if you haven’t already subscribed to “The Art of Quilling News” be sure to sign up today. (You’ll find the enrollment form in the upper right-hand corner.)
(Oh, and please excuse the sewing around the window. I was almost done when Trixie decided that she needed my attention and bumped my arm.)
I will once again be teaching quilling classes this fall through the Marietta Community School, the continuing education division of Marietta City Schools. The classes will be taught at Marietta High School, Marietta, GA.
Quilling I — Beginner/Fall (Thursday, Sept 23, 6:00-8:30pm)
Quilling I — Beginner/Halloween (Tuesday, Oct 5, 6:00-8:30pm)
Quilling I — Beginner/Christmas (Tuesday, Oct 12, 6:00-8:30pm)
Quilling II — Christmas Cards (Thursday, Nov 4, 6:00-8:30pm, Prerequisite: Any Quilling I Class)
In each Quilling I class I’ll talk briefly about the history of quilling and show samples of the various quilling papers, tools, and books available. Next, I’ll teach the students how to make the basic coils and scrolls used most in quilling as they complete a shape chart to take home for reference. We’ll make one project in class and the students will go home with a pack of multi-colored quilling paper, a slotted quilling tool, plenty of informational handouts, and enough materials to complete two more projects so they can keep quilling after the class. Check out the class projects for the Halloween and Christmas classes.
The Quilling II — Christmas Cards class is for students who already know the basic coils and scrolls, but want more practice. We’ll work on three quilled Christmas cards (original designs different than those provided in the Quilling I — Beginner/Christmas class).
You can check out the MCS online course catalog
for complete registration information. If you live in the area, I would like to personally invite you to join me for a wonderful evening of quilling.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need further information. You may leave a comment on this post, or send an email
to charlotte (at) theartofquilling (dot) com.
For those of you wanting to add quilling to your scrapbook pages, this sample layout featuring my handsome grandson, Jeffrey, makes the grade. Made for an 8″x8″ album, the primary colors, quilled pencil, and A-B-C charms definitely give it an elementary school feel.
pencil is 6-3/4 inches long from eraser to tip. 4-inch strips of 1/8″ paper were used for the coils, but this pattern could easily be resized
to work with your own layout.
Square coils made from a deep pink quilling paper create the eraser. A strip of the same pink is wrapped around the square coils to give it a more solid appearance. The pencil body is made from golden yellow marquise coils. Strips of matching yellow paper are glued to both the top and bottom sides of the pencil to outline the pencil body. Light beige marquise coils are used for the sharpened tip of the pencil while a black pinched heart is used for the lead. A strip of shiny aluminum tape is adhered on the top and sides of the pencil between the pink eraser and pencil body.
To incorporate the quilled pencil into the page title, I printed “First Day of School” on some matching golden yellow card stock, cut it out, and glued it on top of the quilling.
I created my own A-B-C charms from 22 gauge wire, accenting each letter with quilled beads made from tight coils.
Apples, an old fashioned school house, a student desk, scissors, and crayons, are but a few of the many quilled embellishments you could create to dress up your back-to-school scrapbook pages.