Closed Loose Coils (Art Nouveau Iris) 12
Open Coils (Victorian Fan) 22
Wheatear Coils (Tulips) 30
Alternate Side Looping (Butterfly) 38
Tight Coils (Foxgloves) 48
Fringed Flowers (Sunflowers) 58
Crimping, Zig-zagging and Tendrils 68
Jane Jenkins was born and has lived in East Yorkshire virtually all of her life. She had worked as a teacher for nine years when, in 1981, her husband, Paul, brought home a book from the library, and the fascination with quilling began. Since then she has been teaching in local Adult Education classes and in workshops nationwide.
In 1982 she and Paul started a small business, making and selling paper strips and designs for quilling. The business has since expanded to sell books, kits and videos throughout the world. Jane, a founding member of the International Quilling Guild, was made Honorary Vice-President for her contribution to quilling.
Jane has two daughters, Cate and Jo, who are themselves accomplished quillers, and is at her happiest at home, designing new ways to quill.
Search Press Classics brings back some of the best loved titles
for a new audience. This time it is the turn on an excellent primer
on quilling for beginners from 2003 that teaches all you need to
know about this enjoyable and ancient craft.
I love the introduction to this book; it discusses the fact that although rolling paper strips into coils seems an odd thing to be addicted to, it makes for a fun and relaxing hobby. Instantly it made me want to have a go, surely the best way to start any practical book. A short introduction to the craft's history and a list of all you need (trust me, you can do it with a lot less) kicks off the book and then it is on with the actual quilling. Each type of process is explained in both words and photographs and it is rather like having a tutor on hand. The author has a good conversational style of writing which troubleshoots at the same time as teaching the basics, a nice touch that makes the book very readable. Each technique has a project to aid practise and these are all interesting enough to avoid being just plain beginner's pieces. A black lace fan, Art Nouveau irises, tulips, a butterfly, etc illustrate how effective this craft can be and if all the instructions are followed, should not be too difficult even for beginners. Patterns are given at the back and there is advice too on how best to preserve the work and keep it from fading. A project for a 3D standing figure would have been nice but by the end I couldn't think of anything that hadn't been covered and all in just 80 pages, a classic indeed. If you want to take up quilling this is an excellent book to obtain.
If you're into quilling or have always wanted to give it a go, you're in for a treat! This in-deptch book by expert quilter Jane Jenkins is packed with inspiring images of her amazing work. Jane offers sound advice for crafters of all abilities, starting with a short history of quilling and a guide to the essential materials, then showing each coiling technique in turn with a project to try. Work your way through this fun guide, and you'll soon be a quilling expert too!* Papercraft Inspirations *