Aug 20 2009

The Art of Quilling News — August 2009

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Free Quilling Pattern — A Sweetheart Rose 

quilled-red-roseNothing says “I love you” more than a deep red rose, the perfect embellishment for a wedding scrapbook page or anniversary card.  But as we saw in the coffee staining experiment, it can be used on a birthday or get well card as well, just by changing the paper color.  Download the Pattern Guide* for a drawing of the finished rose you can print off and place under the cover of your quilling work board to help you in assembling your quillwork.
You will need
Basic quilling tools (listed here)
Quilling paper, 1/8″:  dark red, foliage green
Fig 1

Fig 1

(1) 9″ shaped teardrop coil, red (rose)

(1) 6″ shaped teardrop coil, red (rose)
(1) 8″ shaped marquise coil, red (rose)
(1) 4″ teardrop coil, red (bud)
(2) 3″ shaped marquise coils, green (calyx)
(1) 2-1/2″ half circle, green (calyx)
(1) 5″ shaped teardrop coil, green (leaf)
(2) 4″ shaped teardrop coil, green (leaves)
Fig 2

Fig 2

(1) 3″ shaped teardrop coil, green (leaf)

(3) 2″ paper strips, green (stems)
What to do
For the main rose stem:  As you shape the 9″ red teardrop, curve the pinched end slightly so it flairs out (Fig 1).  As you shape the 8″ red marquise, curve the ends in opposite directions (Fig 2).  Glue the bottom of the 8″ red marquise coil to the round end of the 9″ red teardrop.  Glue the point of the 6″ red teardrop between the 8″ red marquise coil and the 9″ red teardrop.  Glue the 2-1/2″ green half circle under the rose head.  As with the 8″ red marquise, as  you shape the 3″ green marquise coils, curve the ends in opposite directions.  Glue one on either side of the green half circle to complete the calyx. 
Fig 3

Fig 3

Take one of the 2″ paper stem strips and clip a small slit (approximately 1/8″) in one end; separate the snipped ends and with your thumbnail or needle tool, give them a slight curve (Fig 3).  Glue the open end of the stem to the curved part of the rose calyx to complete the main rose stem.

For leaf stem:  Snip and curve the end of another 2″ stem strip as you did for the rose (Fig 3).  Glue the 5″ green shaped teardrop to the split end of the stem.  Glue the two 4″ green shaped teardrops to either side of the stem.
For flower bud:  Snip and curve the end of the last 2″ stem strip as you did for the rose (Fig 3).  Glue the 4″ red teardrop to the split end of the stem for the bud.  Glue the 3″ green shaped teardrop to either side of the stem for the leaf.
Assembly:  Using the photo as a guide, glue the three stems together where then touch.  Snip the ends to size.
Supply Sources:  quilling paper (Quilled Creations, Crimson and Forest Green)

Create your Own Romantic Rose Card

Turn your rose into the perfect card for that special someone in your life.

You will need

(1) Blank note card, 4″ x 5.5″, ivory
Card stock: red, black 
Scrapbook paper with printed handwriting
Quilling paper, 1/8″, metallic gold
(4) gold half pearls
Gold gel pen
Black ink pad
Oval punches, 1-5/8″x2-1/8″, 1-15/16″x2-7/16″
Scalloped boarder punch
Dry adhesive tape runner (optional)
What to do
Create card parts:  Cut a piece of red card stock 3″x5-1/2″; ink all four edges.  Cut a piece of printed paper 2-1/2″x5″; ink all four edges. Cut a piece of black card stock 1-1/2″x6″ and create a decorative edge with the border punch; trim to 1″x5-1/2″. Punch one 1-15/16″x2-7/16″ oval from black card stock; punch one 1-5/8″x2-1/8″ from printed paper.
Assemble card:  Adhere the red card stock to the front of the card, lining it up even with the folded edge (top of card).  Line up the decorative edge of the black card stock strip with the bottom of the card, overlapping it onto the red rectangle, and glue in place.  Glue a strip of metallic quilling paper over the line where the black and red card stock overlap to create a finished seam.  Adhere the printed paper rectangle to the center of the red card stock.  Glue the printed paper oval to the center of the black card stock oval and edge the inner oval with the gold gel pen.  Center the oval stack on the printed rectangle and glue in place.  Glue the gold half pearls to the corners of the printed paper rectangle.  Glue the quilled rose to the center of the oval.
Supply Sources:  printed paper (7 gypsies); quilling paper (Quill Trim paper from Lake City Craft Co.); ink (StazOn by Tsukineko); half pearls (Mark Richards); border edge punch (embossed scallop from Martha Stewart) 
Project Tips:  Although I have provided the sources for materials used in making this rose card, if you don’t have a material or tool on hand in your stash, improvise with what you do have.  Don’t have a border punch?  Use decorative scissors to create a pretty edge on the black card stock.  Instead of oval punches, use your die cutter to make the ovals.  If you don’t have either, I have included a template for them in the downloadable Pattern Guide*.  And if you don’t like ovals — use rectangles.  Instead of the gold pearls, brads will work just as well.  And if you don’t have the metallic quilling paper you could use ribbon (but you really need to buy some of the metallic papers the next time you place an order — they are awesome).  There are many printed papers available with handwriting if you can’t find the one I used.  Or, better yet, make the card even more personal by writing your own words of love on blank paper and use it for the card. 

Quilling for Others

I think crafters are simply the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.  We care about our families, each other, and the environment.  We all want to help, but so many charity craft projects involve sewing, knitting, or crocheting to make blankets, toys, etc., for those in need of warmth or comfort.  All wonderful causes, but my craft tool of choice is a quilling needle, not a knitting needle.  If you are like me and want to help others with your quilling, then this newsletter feature is for you.  In each issue of the newsletter I will try to highlight a charity, organization, or event that you can support through your quilling. 


If you know of a worthy cause that can benefit from the efforts of fellow quillers, please contact me.  I would love to share the information with others.
quilled-butterflyThe Butterfly Project
The Holocaust Museum Houston is sponsoring The Butterfly Project.  Their goal is to collect and display 1,500,000 handcrafted butterflies representing the innocent children who perished in the Holocaust. 
Please visit the Holocaust Museum Houston website for complete information on this touching memorial.  Briefly, the guidelines for participation are as follows:
  • Butterflies should be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches.
  • Butterflies may be of any medium the artist chooses, but two-dimensional submissions are preferred.
  • Glitter should not be used.
  • Food products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows or other perishables) also should not be used.

Please send or bring your butterflies to the Museum by June 30, 2011, with the following information included:

  • Your name,
  • Your organization or school,
  • Your address,
  • Your e-mail address, and
  • The total number of butterflies sent.
  • Mail or bring your butterflies to:

    Holocaust Museum Houston
    Butterfly Project
    Education Department
    5401 Caroline St.
    Houston, TX 77004 USA
    Concerned with the two-dimensional requirement since even flat quilling does have dimension, I contacted Natalie Herzog, Assistant Director Of Education, Holocaust Museum Houston, and sent her a photo of the butterfly that I created.  She responded enthusiastically, “The quilling butterfly is perfect!  We basically define 2D as a flat surface with 3D objects attached to it in some fashion.  The quilling butterflies will be accepted and welcomed.”
    I encourage you to make a butterfly and send it in.  To get you started, a butterfly template is included in the downloadable Pattern Guide* that accompanies this newsletter.  For those of you who belong to quilling groups, service organizations, or work with children, what a wonderful project this would be for your next meeting. 

    Words of Inspiration

    We all craft for different reasons.  For some, crafting is a fun hobby that passes the time.  For others, me included, it is a deeply personal way of expressing themselves without words.  The quote I chose for this inaugural issue of the newsletter hit home for me, and perhaps it rings true for you as well.  
    It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
    Erma Bombeck, Author/Humorist
    It does, indeed, take a lot of courage to put yourself out there … to risk rejection — but, oh, the rewards you can reap if you just take a chance. 
    So, this week I encourage you to take a chance.  Step outside your comfort zone and show your work to someone who hasn’t seen the creative side of you.  Write down your creative dreams and share them with a trusted friend.  Then, take the next step and think about how you can start making them come true.  It is OK to be afraid; it is not OK to let fear stop you from turning your dreams into reality.  You can do it!

    Tell Me What You Think

    What did you think of this first issue of The Art of Quilling News?  Are there projects would you like to see in the future?  What techniques interest you?  Your constructive comments, helpful hints, and quilling questions, are always welcome!  Just write your thoughts in the comment box below.


    *Be sure to save the Pattern Guide to your hard drive for future reference.  PC users can do this by right clicking on the link and selecting “Save Target As …”, Mac users just option click.  Or, once the Pattern Guide is open in your browser, select “File ->Save As” to save the file to your computer.

    14 responses so far

    14 Responses to “The Art of Quilling News — August 2009”

    1. Donna Del Giudiceon 21 Aug 2009 at 4:06 pm

      Congrats Charlotte! The online newsletter looks great – very interesting – beautiful work.

      Keep on rollin,

    2. Paulaon 21 Aug 2009 at 5:04 pm

      Enjoyed the issue,and excited to recieve more,I really liked the word’s of inspirations. It also hit home. I truely want to get better at this, for one I would like to make and give to family and friends for holidays. When I get better I would like to sell them to help since I recieve disability. Anyway thankyou for sharing. have a good day Paula

    3. Rachelon 21 Aug 2009 at 5:13 pm

      This is my first of your newsletters, and I just wanted to thank you for the great illustrations, instructions, and templates. I am new to quilling and your clear instructions make understanding your process very easy, and the work is beautiful. I also got your quilling ebook, it is so kind of you to share your knowledge and experience freely with everyone. I love how you show an application for the design provided (the card using the rose), I am not great at visualizing how to arrange designs so this is very helpful. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and passion for this craft!
      Rachel S

    4. Lisaon 21 Aug 2009 at 5:19 pm

      HI. Love the rose pattern. I can not wait to try it.

    5. Rachelon 21 Aug 2009 at 5:21 pm

      Just reread the last paragraph and realized this was the first issue for you too 🙂 You are off to a great start, and I will be back for future issues! I would love to see some tips on quillings with a tight structure, for example I have seen some works that are very detailed and the coils seem packed into very well defined lines, and I have trouble with this. I make my quillings as gifts for family, so I shoot for themes or characters that the person likes, like dragons, butterflies, fairies. I have found gorgeous examples but no matter how many pins I use when assembling my design ( I am working on a fairy and dragon from a coloring book image so it has clear defined lines) I have trouble getting that tight full look that I have seen. If you are experienced with this, can you offer any tips or advice on achieving that? Some I have seen seem to have a collar all the way around the major portions, is this shaped first and then filled in, and if so how is it kept on edge and still when packing in those coils? Sorry to get long winded but you asked for techniques and I wanted to be as clear about my question as possible 🙂 Thanks again and I look forward to future issues of your newsletter!

      Rachel S

    6. Joanon 21 Aug 2009 at 5:42 pm

      Great newsletter!! I am just a beginner and your instructions are so easy to understand. Thanks so much.

    7. Jennifer Littlefieldon 21 Aug 2009 at 7:25 pm

      Hi Charlotte- thank you for sending me the first issue of your newsletter. I very much enjoyed looking at it. The rose pattern was adorable and I was pleased to hear about the Butterfly project at the Holocaust Museum. What a nice way to contribute something special.
      Nice work on the newsletter. I’m looking forward to the next one.

    8. Beverlyon 21 Aug 2009 at 7:27 pm

      Very nice newsletter. Enjoyed it a lot! Congradulations!

    9. Nanetteon 21 Aug 2009 at 8:13 pm

      Loved the first issue! So heartfelt, thoughtful and giving. I am looking forward to more! Thanks for your time and inspiration.

    10. Gailon 22 Aug 2009 at 3:22 am


      Love your newsletter, it’s great and thank you so much for the free rose patterns. I think the butterfly project is wonderful and I’ll try to send some also. I hope all quillers will do the same no matter how long they have been quilling.


    11. jeanon 22 Aug 2009 at 7:39 am

      Thank you so much for the time and effort you put in to make quilling easier for new quillers like me. Know that it is appreciated. Jean

    12. samanthion 23 Aug 2009 at 7:02 am

      hi charlotte, this is my first time here too and oh my goodness its really wonderful!!. i`m really very excited to be able to finally do something that i really love doing and a big chunk of gratitude goes to u for your inspiration.
      keep up the good work!

    13. Rick Whitmanon 24 Aug 2009 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing your ideas. The rose pattern came just in time as I’m working on a wedding invitation and was looking for a fill in. I used a strip of variation paper (shaded from red to white and back to red) and it came out beautifully. Looking forward to your next newsletter.

    14. Colette Peasleyon 04 Sep 2009 at 8:16 pm

      Please keep the newsletters coming! My quill group was recently forced to disband due to the struggling economy and this is a fabulous way to keep in touch with people, patterns, projects and ideas. Thanks!

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