Aug 23 2010

The Art of Quilling News — August 2010

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quilled-acorn-bookmark1Free Quilling Pattern —  Quilled Acorn Bookmark

Materials List
  • tan card stock, 8-1/2″ x 11″
  • 1/8″ quilling paper:  dark brown, golden brown
  • scrap packaging plastic or old page protector sheet
  • small black tassel
  • craft knife, cutting mat
  • 1/16″ hole punch
  • sewing machine with black thread
  • basic quilling tools (listed here)
Step 1 — Print Bookmark
Print the Pattern Guide onto the tan card stock.  Cut out the two bookmark sections (including the windows).  Cut out the acorn pattern for your quilling work board.
quilled-acorn-bookmark-piecStep 2 — Cut Plastic Pocket
The window liner is made from plastic packaging that is thick, clear, and pliable (the kind rawhide dog bones come in).  If you don’t have this type of plastic available, you can use an old clear plastic sheet protector.  You will need two pieces of plastic, 2″ square.  It will be easier to hold the acorn inside the plastic if you cut the pieces from the side or bottom corner of the plastic so that at least one seam is closed.
quilled-acorn-patternStep 3 — Quill Acorn
For the acorn bottom, form a 12-inch golden brown paper strip into a half circle coil.  For the acorn top, form a 10-inch dark brown paper strip into a shaped triangle, pinching the tip extra tight and gently curving the bottom.  Glue the acorn top to the bottom.
Note:  See the Quilling Shapes Chart (located in my blog’s Beginner’s Corner) for instructions on rolling the coils used in this project.   
acorn-bookmark-assemblyStep 4 — Assemble the Pieces
Turn one printed bookmark piece over.  Place the acorn between the plastic sheets and place it over the window opening.  Place the second bookmark piece, right side up, over the stack.
Step 5 — Sew the Bookmark
Set up your sewing machine with black thread and sew around the outside edges, catching the plastic window on the sides.  Next, sew around the plastic window to secure the pocket.
Step 6 — Add the Tassel
Punch out a hole in the bottom of the bookmark where the dot it.  Thread through your tassel.
Tip:  Now that you know how, create your own template, varying the wording and coordinating quilled charm to match all of the readers you know. 

Quilling for Others — Cards for Kids

A friend of mine sent me a link to “Cards for Kids”  whose mission is to send handmade cards to children facing poverty, homelessness, or difficult circumstances.  The cards and messages inside brighten the children’s day and bring smiles to their faces.  This group is associated with many national and international organizations from Hearts in Unity (Tanzania, Africa) to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital (Tennessee).
What I really like is that they accept donations of materials.  So if you are trying to clean up your craft space and have extra supplies (card stock, stickers, etc.) that you no longer want but that are too nice to throw, consider passing them on to this group.
The Card for Kids website ( is very informative.  Click on over to see what you can do to help.

Words of Inspiration

I find quilling very therapeutic.  I become lost in the process of creating and life’s problems, big and small, cease to exist, at least for that time. 
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. 
~Twyla Tharp
Quilling lets me run away with my imagination and still be home in time to cook dinner.  I hope you are able to find a little time each day to run away with your art.

Tell Me What You Think

As always, your constructive comments, helpful hints, and quilling questions, are always welcome!  Please use the comment form below.

*Be sure to save the Pattern Guide to your hard drive for future reference. 

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “The Art of Quilling News — August 2010”

  1. annon 24 Aug 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I know a couple people who are avid readers and I’m definitely going to be making some bookmarks for holiday gifts. Thanks bunches for sharing this, Love it.

  2. Kimon 25 Aug 2010 at 12:00 am

    Love the Acorn… what a perfect Fall gift! Thanks

  3. Karen Carrollon 25 Aug 2010 at 6:28 am

    I (and a lot of other people too) sure could use a lot of bookmarks. Besides for friends, I use a lot myself. I read different type of books and have several going at the same time.

    I get tired of using junk snail mail. Would like something pretty to look at. I like to cross-stitch.

  4. Shanonon 25 Aug 2010 at 12:30 pm

    So, I’m wondering if the quilled acorn would get squished inside a book?

    I love this idea, and you could use really any shape and saying. Thanks Charlotte!

  5. Charlotteon 25 Aug 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I was concerned about that, too, but I have been using it inside the books I read at night without any harm. I think that the plastic protects the quilling and the acorn is rather sturdy as opposed to single strip tendrils, for example.

  6. Belleon 27 Aug 2010 at 2:06 pm

    you could make the bookmark with different pattens such as flowers, leafs, animals etc.

  7. Lisaon 30 Aug 2010 at 3:10 am

    Love the acorn and the bookmark. What a great idea for school kids. I’ll have to add this to my list.
    Thanks for the instructions.

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