Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Snowflakes

Because you asked. Tell us. Did you make the snowflakes? How?

Yes. We did make these curly bits of paper.
Charlie wrapped some strips of paper round the quiller and handed them over to be shaped and joined. But the other four pairs of hands measured and cut and curled and glued with no help at all. The best kinds of projects don't need a mother hovering directions. I joined in and worked too while City on A Hill provided Christmas ambiance in mid-November.

These are our tools. And waxpaper to save the table. And toothpicks for the glue. If you don't have a quiller buy the kind with the little slit in the top. Much easier to use than the pointed awl kind. Prevent squabbling. Get enough. The quiller design board is a necessity as it forms identical curls. You may want two or three if there are lots of eager hands at your house. Precut quilling paper is inexpensive and is of even, narrow width. Better than I can do on my Fiskars paper cutter. We used two snowflake kits that came with white paper strips.

It is time taking, this snowflake creating. The children worked afternoons by cozy fireside, hands on their work, minds wandering the globe with James Cook as I read from the pages of Stowaway.

It's an inexpensive hobby. Three boards, six quillers, two kits. Seventy-five dollars. Most of the money going into the one time expense of tools. Quilling kits generally run between three and eight dollars. A manageable cost.


Quilling with Whimsiquills said...

I am so happy to see quilling being taught by "home school moms"; there are lots of art teachers in public schools who have never heard of it. Those of us who quill are always happy to learn of a new group of young quillers coming up to keep this beautiful art form alive. Check out my web site www.:// Scroll down the home page for a link to free patterns for all diferent seasons and holidays and a link to quilling reference materials. There is also a link to my blog where I cover all kinds of quilling related topics.
Pat Caputo

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Thanks for sharing...I think Nathan would love to try this as a weekend project. Maybe I can find some of the items at our local craft store.


Mama JJ said...

Thanks for explaining!


Faith said...

I'd never heard of quilling; that is so cool! What beautiful snowflakes!

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Those are beautiful! Your family is so neat.

Merry Christmas!
Much love,

Alana said...

Ooh! I love these! Your Christmas tree and decorations are just lovely! I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season!