Angela Herring is a member of The Quilling Guild and has served on the committee in various roles. She has been quilling since 1990 and loves the versatility of the skill. Angela also commented it’s one of the cheapest skills to take up…
What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?
I have enjoyed craft making from an early age and over the years trying new crafts. A visit to a craft fair and the purchase of a kit introduced me to quilling. I enjoy rolling strips of paper and seeing what designs can be created from the shapes formed when they are put together.
What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?
Quilling helps me to relax and rolling paper is quite therapeutic. Being able to gain some relaxation time is precious as today people lead very busy lives.
What has been your greatest making achievement?
Two pieces. The first was a box with a hinged lid, and the second was a heptagonal shaped bowl. I enjoyed the challenge of executing the construction of these.
What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?
I do not have one as such. There are many pieces of equipment that can be used in Quilling, so it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. I enjoy rolling the paper in my fingers as I feel it gives you more control over your tension.
What is your favourite making website or blog and why?
I do not have one in particular, but I do enjoy looking at The Quilling Guild’s website and the North American Guild’s website – both of which I am a member. I also belong to various quilling Facebook groups.
Why do you like being part of the Festival (and formerly of Makers’ Month)?
I like that you can come along and try something new or different for free. There is the opportunity to just have a taster of something.
What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?
Quilling is one craft that is relatively cheap to have a go at with just paper, glue and imagination. Many people have seen quilled cards, but lots more can be done with larger 3D pieces as well as inspiration from antiques. It really is a fun craft to try and needs little space.