Dec 21, 2015

Quilling Letters 101 - Part 5 Joining Curves

quilling letter word monogram tutorial pattern

When I quill any letter in the alphabet of a sans serif font, I start in the corner to hide my seams — all except for the letter O. What to do when there is no corner?

quilling letter word monogram tutorial pattern

In the photo above you'll see how I've "rubbed" the letter O into shape, and left the seams on the side (it's being shown sideways). Why the side and not on the top or bottom?

The tension of the O is greater there because of the rubbing needed to make the tighter curves. I will not need to rub as much along the sides, so it'll make it easier to join and shape.

quilling letter word monogram tutorial pattern

After "kissing" my glue with the end, a gentle nudge from above makes the two ends meet. I've taped down my plastic piece to keep it from moving.

quilling letter word monogram tutorial pattern

I like using my reverse tweezers here rather than my fine tip tweezers because of the flat nose. See how they grip the two ends and ensure they are aligned? My tweezers go where my fingers can't. Since they are reverse tweezers, I set it upside down on my table and allow it to dry hanging in the air while I tackle something else.

The reverse tweezers come in a Making Memories Tool Kit I bought years ago, and had thought I'd use more of the items in it. I sometimes use the hammer and hole punchers, but basically I've never stored my tweezers back in the kit because I'm always using it.  I do enjoy the metal awl, but broke that a few weeks back (quilling is vigorous work!). That's why I ended up using the needle from the kit, and did enjoy the results on the Mi-Tientes paper, but my hand got tired more quickly – obviously I need to visit Michaels again.

quilling letter word monogram tutorial pattern

OK, here's the beauty shot of the join.

Ah, but I'll fess up here — I used Photoshop to clean it up for a pretty picture! What's that? You want to see the "before" shot?

quilling letter word monogram tutorial pattern

OK, here it is without any touch ups. I glued my first, clean letter O down before I got some good photos. So these photos are of a second letter O, and my tools were not cleaned of glue - so don't forget to wipe them clean!

Remember, try not to feel discouraged when you're trying something new and it didn't turn out the way you imagined. Just the act of DOING is the learning that you are putting into your skill set, but you don't see that as readily. If you feel intimidated to start quilling, look at this photo and know that I'm always learning my lessons too!

The paper shown here is Canson Mi-Tientes, #507 Violet, 160 gsm, 1/4" wide.

If these tutorials are helping with your quilling, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. Can anyone guess the word I'm quilling?

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  1. Hi Cecelia,
    I'm wondering what that blue plastic piece is? I make due with whatever I have around but I like that tool!

    1. Hi Kris, I am the SAME as you! The blue plastic is a divider that I got from a fish tackle box from Canadian Tire. It's what I reach for every time because it's tiny, very stiff, and I can flake off the dried glue easily.

      Here is a post that shows a photo of the kit I purchased for $7:

    2. Thanks! After I asked this question I tried one of my son's Legos and I think I'm all set!

    3. Hi Kris, Lego is perfect for this too! Thanks for sharing that option with us all. Hope to see your masterpiece one day!