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.
Some of the staged photographs could be a trifle larger but
sharp eyes are needed for quilling anyway so this should not
be too much of a problem. 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 cannot find a good range of quilling materials locally
for a list of suppliers.