Quilling with Agnes of Aggies Quillings
Have you ever seen some of the beautiful paper art that is known as quilling and wondered what it is and the story behind someone doing this exquisite work? Agnes talks about her story, how she got started, quilling and so much more. There will also be a number of resources at the end where you can learn more about quilling and find places for quilling paper to complete your project. Stay tuned for an amazing step by step quilling tutorial by Agnes herself. :)
My name is Agnes Nanai. I’m from Hungary and I’m the owner of Aggies Quillings.
I met quilling 3 years ago. My very first piece wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought it’s going to be really easy to master this technique, when I watched videos on YouTube. It wasn’t… It really gave me a hard time. But I was determined and after a year, I was becoming better and better.
First I started with snowflakes. Still I think this is the best way to start, if you’re interested in quilling. You get to know all the tools you’ll need and you can practice the basic shapes.
Everything you need for this, you can find on Amazon or eBay. You can try craft shops as well. I used to live in the UK and I loved Hobbycraft. My favorite online shop is pasttimesquilling.co.uk, I get all of my paper from them.
A few things you’ll definitely need as a start:
Quilling paper, I would suggest 3mm wide
And the glue.. this is a tricky one. I would say at first you can use any paper glue that’s water based. Afterwards I’m sure you’ll try at least 4-5 different kinds, till you find the one, which is perfect for you. I use Hobby Craft’s Tacky Glue.
After 2 years I tried to do outlines. This was a really big step for me, it was completely different from what I have known so far. I had to start all over again. Watching videos like the below and trying and trying..
I found the Beehive Design on Instagram and Rebecca’s work had a big influence on me. I’m sure if someone is interested in quilling, they’ll meet her Quilling Unicorn sooner or later.
I still need a lot of practice, but I think I’ll get there :)
My next big project will be 3D quilling paper flower wreaths and floral pictures :) One of my favorite quilling artist is Anastasiya Bertova. I admire her work, she’s precise and simply amazing!
All together I would say, if anyone is interested in quilling, give it a go and don’t give up if your first piece doesn’t match your imagination. A lot of practice and patience and you’ll be able to do anything you ever dreamt about :)
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The below is a list of places you can find Quilling supplies, some in the UK, others in the US or around the world, but all are available online to ship to you.
JJ Quilling Design is based in the UK and has quilling paper of all kinds to include standard, edged, colored, shaded, gold, silver colored, pearl colored, glues, dowels and more!
Amazon has some amazing Quilling Supplies. From kids quilling kits, to quilling paper of all colors and quilling tools, you can also find multiple quilling project books to inspire your next project. :)
Hobbycraft is based in the UK and has quilling paper as well as a quilling comb, kits, template boards and more. They also have equipment for sewing, other paper crafts, baking, kids, crochet and knitting, art supplies, digital cutting, wedding and holiday craft supplies.
Homecrafts, of the UK, not only has quilling paper, quilling tools and other equipment but also a quilling guide that takes you step by step on how to start quilling and some of the basic shapes using the quilling tools.
Past Times Quilling is a great place to buy quilling paper, tools, and kits for all ages. They have kits and paper for a number of different holidays from Christmas to Easter and other special occasions.
Quilling is a huge online superstore for all things quilling, speciality supplies, paper, and more. They also have an beginners kit that has everything you would need to start quilling. They even have a club that you could join and holiday and special occasion quilling kits!
Quilling Ascrollaway is in the UK and has all types of quilling papers from metallic and single colored to two toned and pearlized papers.
Quilling Supply not only has quilling papers but also has kits for specific types of quilling projects to include butterflies, flowers, autumn, earrings, and more. They also have international products from around the world, quilling supplies, beading supplies, FREE patterns, and Moravian Star patterns and paper. A Moravian Star is a geometric pattern from Germany that to many is a symbol of Christmastime. :)
Quilled Creations has a variety of quilling supplies to include quilling kits, quilling paper, quilling tools, and quilling project books. Their kits are on any topic from quilling animals, to quilling holidays, to miniature quilling.
Whimsiquills has cards, quilling paper, quilling kits, quilling starter kits for beginners, quilling jewelry, quilled novelties and keepsakes and more.
Custom Quilling Supplies is based in North Carolina, USA and has a wide variety of quilling paper, quilling tools, quilling supplies, quilling kits, books, and patterns for beginners, intermediate, and advanced.
Etsy also has a number of stores that sell quilling paper, tools, and kits. The below is a list of Etsy stores that are mostly focused on quilling supplies or have a good selection of quilling supplies. If there are additional ones I have missed, please let me know and I will add them. Note - The below contains affiliate links, which means I will make a commission at no extra cost to you, should you click through and make a purchase. However, I would not recommend something I would not use myself and have bought from Etsy many times and will continue to buy from them, which is why I recommend them.
PastTimesQuilling has all things quilling to include quilling paper of all lengths, colors and types, quilling kits for Christmas and Easter, quilling tools, quilling books, quilling workboard, and more in her Etsy Shop .
Quilling Planet is based in Moscow, Russia and has quilling paper and quilling tools in her Etsy Shop . You can also find some of her paper art there as well.
Lively Paper Studio is based in Bucharest, Romania and has quilling papers, supplies and print art available in her Etsy Shop . Her quilling paper listings have paper from 100 to 1000 available in one package and has a variety of colors and shades from mid-orange to mango, purple to lavender, hazelnut and more.
Violets Craft Shoppe has a variety of quilling strips in multiple different colors, from shades of red, purple, blue, metallic, and themed such as a blossom themed one in her Etsy Shop .
Quilling Judaica is based in Israel and has a variety of quilling art, tools and supplies in her Etsy Shop .
Clarisse Bijoux has a 120 quilling papers listing where you can get a variety of different colors to include red, blue, green, yellow, etc. in her Etsy Shop .
lowe40 has a listing of 200 quilling papers in a number of colors to include country blue, light green and others in her Etsy Shop .
Crafting Central Sales has several listings for quilling paper each with four colors in one package in her Etsy Shop .
Craftiprojects has quilling workboards and white quilling papers in her Etsy Shop .
Button Amazing has assorted colored quilling paper available in a wide range of sizes in her Etsy Shop .
There are several sites (besides YouTube which also has amazing tutorials!) which have tutorials or information for those learning quilling. Once Agnes’ Step-by-Step Tutorial is posted, I’ll connect it here as well :)
Makezine has a Quilling 101 post that literally walks you through steps from the history of quilling (monks and nuns to new settlers in the now USA and more) to the equipment needed and the basic steps for quilling. The author also walks you through the steps in a quilling tutorial to make a simple quilling heart for Valentine’s day that you can use as a decoration or even a necklace.
Create and Craft has a history of quilling, quilling supplies, basic shapes, and how to quill as well as numerous other handmade craft to include paper crafts, sewing, quilting, jewelry, knitting, and more.
Thank you for joining us for this Maker Feature about quilling! If there are other quilling supply recommendations I should add please let me know by commenting below or sending me an email at email@example.com. I’d also love to hear from you about what types of resources you want more information on as well as Makers you would like to nominate for a Maker Feature! Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment on this article! Looking forward to hearing from you and have a great day!