ABC’s of quilling scrolls

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!

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7 Responses to “ABC’s of quilling scrolls”

  1. Jane says:

    Great info! My class is very excited to quill a Mother’s Day project. Perhaps we’ll start with “Mom.”

  2. Maaly says:

    I like ur quilling work, and this whole site :)
    Can I ask how do u make the Gerbera flower in the spring picture?
    Thank u so much

  3. Joan says:

    Just found your blog and loving it. How or where do you put the glue so the letters stick firmly. I seem to get glue all over and depending on the type of paper I’m mounting the quill on, it sometimes matters alot.

  4. Annabel says:

    That’s very helpful, thank you. I though quilling the alphabet would be difficult, but you have made it look quite the opposite! I’ll definitely be giving that a go!

  5. Alli says:

    I hold my quilled piece with tweezers and dip the back side into a puddle of glue. If there’s too much glue, then I tap the quilled piece on a scrap paper to remove some of it. Then place it on your background!

  6. Dr Sonia S V says:

    Just discovered tis site. Love the alphabet ideas. It would look so elegant in a handmade card
    Dr Sonia S V
    ENT Surgeon , Bangalore ,India

  7. Leslie Doherty says:

    I love your site! I have started to get involved in card-making and I am very excited to use quilling on my cards!
    Thank you for the beautiful pictures!

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