Basic Quilling InstructionsQuilling is the art of making shapes, patterns and designs using coiled paper of various colors. In order to begin you will therefore need some paper (quilling paper is best but thin strips of ordinary paper will do), a quilling needle and some glue. These are your most basic requirements for these basic quilling instructions.

Begin with Coiling the Paper
Although some shapes may be slightly different, on the whole the initial patterns you make will consist of shapes made from paper that has been coiled either into a tight or a loose circle.

Take your thin strip of paper between the slot in your quilling needle and begin to coil it. The tension you place on the paper and needle while turning the paper around itself will determine how tight or loose your circle will be. If you want a really loose circle then you should also let the paper go a bit before gluing so that it opens a bit. If you want a tight circle then ensure that you hold your coiled circle while gluing.

Instructions for Quilling Shapes
Once you have your basic coiled circle the next step you will want to know in your quilling instructions is how to turn these into the shapes that are required in your pattern. This is generally done by pinching various parts of the circle, for example, you could pinch on two opposite sides of a circle and do this again to create a square or rectangle. Use pinching with a pulling motion to create a crescent shape so that the pinched parts are pulled towards each other and the inner part becomes curved.

Creating a Quilled Heart
Sometimes quilling instructions do not begin with a fully coiled circle that has been glued together but is created in other ways. One of these shapes is a coiled heart. In order to create a quilled heart you start by folding your strip of paper in two and then coil first the one half and then the other and let them go. Leave the same amount of paper on each side when you stop coiling (don’t coil right to the fold each time). A quilled heart also does not need to be glued as there should be a very lose coiled circle on each side with the ends extending and meeting together at the point.

These are really basic quilling instructions but as you start with these essentials you can start to experiment and find other quilling instructions which will lead you onto more projects and allow you to experiment with new patterns and designs.