Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Quilling 101

Last weekend, I taught a quilling workshop at a nearby fairgrounds.  I've mentioned before that I am a judge for a local county fair.  This fair, like just about every other around the country, has experienced a significant drop in entries over the past years.  They decided to host a really cool event to try to solve this problem.  They invited their judges and other local experts to demonstrate their crafts to teachers, Scout leaders, and 4-H leaders.  The attendees would then go back to their organization to share new project ideas with the children they teach.  The children will (hopefully) enter all these new projects in the fair.  In addition to quilling, attendees learned woodworking, two types of stitchery, dollmaking, and photography.  I heard great things about every workshop. 

In my workshop, I taught my students how to make a simple flower and a basic heart.  I showed how they could be used on cards, gift tags, and placecards.  Here are my sample projects:


Each person got a handout that told about the history of quilling and showed eight basic quilling shapes.


Everyone who visited my table seemed to really enjoy quilling.  I'm optimistic that they will return to their organizations and share how fun, easy and inexpensive quilling is.  I hope to see lots of quilling projects at the fair this year!

Special thanks to Jennifer, who assisted me during the workshop! 


If you're a teacher, Scout leader or 4-H leader in the San Francisco area and would like to attend next year's event, please let me know.  Regardless of where you live, please look into your local county fair and consider entering your handiwork (or that of your child).  Thanks!

9 comments:

  1. I need to take your class! I love the look but have never tried it. I think I remember that you had a post that showed Trevor quilling. Surely I could learn. :-). Really. It's projects.

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    1. Quilling is really easy! I used to teach my 4th and 5th grade students and they didn't have trouble. You should try it!

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  2. Such an awesome idea to gather and teach the leaders so they can teach the kids a new skill. I know you did a great job you are a good teacher. So cool that Jennifer got to assist,
    Hi JEN!

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  3. Loveeeeee this idea! How wonderful you for to teach this craft! I have always wanted to learn it! Your projects are beautiful! :):):):):)

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  4. My grandma bought me a quilling kit two Christmases ago and I have yet to try it. Thanks for reminding me about it with this post. I might have to try it soon.

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  5. What a great way to introduce children to the wonderful world of crafting -- teach the teachers. Your projects are lovely. Thank you for spreading the joy of quilling.

    Charlotte
    theartofquilling.com

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  6. That is so cool, Cindy!!!!! I received a quilled version of my wedding church pamphlet - so gorgeous! I wish I lived in San Fran!!!!!!! I would love to attend your workshop!

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  7. This was such a fun day. I am now a fan of quilling. I'm so glad that you invited me to help out!

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    1. I'm so happy you were able to join me and glad you enjoyed it! I'll be inviting you along for the next one too. :)

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