I've always loved crafting; one of my major childhood memories is sitting on a stool at the kitchen work surface making things. I remember trying my hand at all sorts; I have the fondest memories of making marzipan fruit from the leftovers after my mum had iced the Christmas cake.
One thing that I'd loved, but completely forgotten about until I was reminded by Pinterest (I've heard its called being "Pinspired") was quilling. Presumably a dangerous pin is "pinadvisable", a dull pin is "pinane" and all those pictures of toned abs are a "pincentive" if you have the "pinclination". Sorry, I've put the dictionary down now.
The thing that really caught my eye on Pinterest was quilled letters so I popped into Bristol to visit Craft & More because I knew they had a massive range and would be the most likely place to find my supplies. They would make a lovely gift for a newborn, but before I commit myself to making one as a gift I'd better have a practise go - and where better to start than the start of the alphabet (also picked it because A is mainly straight lines, but lets just say I'm working alphabetically).
|My new kit|
I really like my new quilling tool (goodness knows where my childhood one is) as it has a pointy end as well as the end for curling the paper. It makes it a lot easier having the pointy end - I don't think I would have been able to make the letter outline without it.
|The hard bit is done..|
To make the outside of the letter I chose a font I liked in Word and blew it up to the right size - I then traced it right off the screen (I was very careful and didn't apply any pressure, but don't tell my husband I drew on the screen, its just between you and me OK?).
I then transferred this letter onto the card. Now comes the hard part. Using a cocktail stick I applied a thin line of glue along one edge of the letter and using the quilling tool's pointy end I bent and folded a strip of paper so it sat edge on along the glue. After holding it for a few seconds to stick it, I moved slowly onto the next section of the letter.
Once the outline was done it all felt very familiar and the process of filling the middle was very enjoyable. I wasn't going for accuracy on my first attempt in over 20 years, so I didn't do anything symmetrical, I just curled and pinched in whatever way felt right for the area I was trying to fill. Now I'm back in the swing of things I'll watch some YouTube tutorials and see what wonders I can achieve.
If you'd like to see my shopping trip in Bristol's Craft & More you can visit my google+ album.