Calligraphic Quilled Baubles

My village church raises money each December by holding a Christmas tree festival.  For the first time this year, my lovely quillers and calligraphers have produced some wonderful baubles for our contribution.  Apparently, it is a competition, also, but personally, I’ll be voting for the toddler group’s tree!

Quilled baubles on the tree

Quilled baubles on the tree

 ~ On card which is about 20cm long, draw lines, using a thickish felt tip pen.  The space between them should be about 1cm wide.

 ~ Write your favourite Christmas quotes in the space.  It doesn’t have to be in calligraphy – just neat writing will do.

 ~ Cut out the strips so that just a little of the line remains.

Card strips for your bauble

Card strips for your bauble

~ Glue four together to make a ‘spider’ and place a little Christmassy quilling (no taller than 6cm) at the centre.

Card 'spider' with quilled centre for your bauble

Card ‘spider’ with quilled centre for your bauble

~ Lift up two opposing strip ends and overlap until they make a nice sized circle around your quilling.  Cut off the excess strip and glue.

~ Repeat with each of the other strips.

Poinsettia bauble

Poinsettia bauble

~ For the top embellishment, use a 5mm wide, 16mm long strip to make a Ring Coil, 2.5cm in diameter.  You will need three for a little bauble and four for a big one.

~ Press each one at the centre and glue.

Making the embellishments

Making the embellishments

~ Glue them to each other and put a pom-pom, made from a 10mm wide, half-length strip, at the centre.

Embellishments

Embellishments

~ Make a super fine Tendril from a 1.5mm wide strip.  N.B. Twisting and pulling the Tendril will make it super fine.

~ Thread this through the bauble or glue it between the bauble and the embellishment.

Santa bauble

Santa bauble

You can find the superfine tendril described in my book ‘Techniques in Quilling 3’.  And my latest book ‘59 Greatest Quilling Tips’ is packed with good ideas to make quilling easier, better and more enjoyable.  http://www.janejenkinsquillingbooks.com

Three baubles

Three baubles

Three more baubles

Three more baubles

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About Jane Jenkins Quilling

My interests are: Quilling - the art of manipulating paper strips to create pictures, greetings cards, free standing characters, floral displays, etc. Also Calligraphy - the art of fine writing. Decorative Painting/Folk Art - brush stroke work to decorate wooden and metal objects and paint on canvas.
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2 Responses to Calligraphic Quilled Baubles

  1. barbara Beazley says:

    fantastic Jane because I have been thinking of you. Got back last night from a few days in the Forest of Bowland stayed at Gibbon Bridge not that far from you? Don’t do quite as much quilling as I used to do, too busy, really, yes, that’s retirement for you! Did try to get to A.G.M. Will try again next year. Barbara ex Staff rep. Have a good Christmas.

  2. Paulina says:

    This is great ! Love it 💗

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