I just taught a group of kids how to quill alphabet letters to spell their name. Many of them said they were scared and nervous (complaining) “this looks way too hard!”. But, after I gave them these simple tricks, they totally changed their tone! “It’s sooooooo easy!” said a 8-year old…mission accomplished! It is. Hope you’ll try it!
So, here are some basics in rolling…
Quilled scrolls are different from making loose coils into teardrops or marquises. Instead, it’s a combination of rolling both ends of the paper and reshaping the coils with your fingers. Here are some examples:
For the letters “S” and “C”, I first rolled both ends of the paper toward the middle of the paper strip (the smaller “lowercase” letters). Then I unrolled the coils and re-rolled or shaped them to form the “uppercase” letters.
For the letter “R”, I broke up the letters into simple scrolls and basic quilled shapes (half circle). Then I glued them together.
If you fold a paper strip in half and roll both ends, then you can create a bunch of different letters and shapes! Adding a dab of glue near the fold will hold shapes like the letter “Y” or “L”.
Here are a few pieces that I made (years ago) with different styles of quilled letters.
To learn more about quilling letters, check out the “Alphabet Letters” quilling kit!