Paper Quilling - Making Huskings For Flower Petals And Floral Designs

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An introduction to the basic techniques and designs in paper quilling has previously been published in "Paper Quilling - Basic Techniques, Shapes and Designs". If you want to learn paper quilling, the following links are free tutorials on the basics of paper quilling:


The paper quilling tutorials will teach you how to get started with paper quilling, and how to use the correct tools and craft materials. You will also learn how to form quilling patterns with quilled paper. With the knowledge of all the basic shapes in paper quilling, sophisticated patterns can be created for quilling projects.

This article shows you how to make quilled huskings and flowers for paper quilling projects. The step-by-step paper quilling instructions are easy to follow.


What is a Husking?

Some of the shapes commonly found in paper quilling art designs are huskings. This hub will help you create more designs with quilling paper by teaching you how to make quilled huskings. Huskings are often used as flower petals in floral quilling designs but they can be used in any pattern as desired. They are made by shaping one or more strips of quilling paper around a series of pins. Huskings can have different shapes and sizes, and more than one colour.

How to make a straight husking

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Insert five pins into quilling board.Wrap quilling paper around pins to make a husking.Glue end of paper and trim off excess to finish off.A straight husking.
Insert five pins into quilling board.
Insert five pins into quilling board. | Source
Wrap quilling paper around pins to make a husking.
Wrap quilling paper around pins to make a husking. | Source
Glue end of paper and trim off excess to finish off.
Glue end of paper and trim off excess to finish off. | Source
A straight husking.
A straight husking. | Source

Straight Huskings

Let's begin with an easy shape called a straight husking. You will need some strips of quilling paper, dressmaking pins, a quilling board and craft glue.

Here's how to make a straight husking. Insert five pins into a quilling board, with the pins aligned in a straight line . Wrap a quilling paper around the first and second pins and glue the paper together where the strip overlaps at the first pin. Continue wrapping the paper strip around the third, fourth and fifth pins.

Glue the end of the paper at the first pin and trim off the excess paper. Remove the pins. You can leave the loops rounded or shape them by pinching the loops with your fingers. Use a little glue on the paper strip to strengthen the husking and retain its shape.

Straight huskings can be made into different variations by using different numbers of pins aligned at different distances.

How to make a fan-shaped husking

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Arrange six pins in a circle and wrap a strip of paper around each pin.Wrap around all the pins.A fan-shaped husking.A fan-shaped husking with a different colour paper strip around it.Adjust number and distance of pins to make a different variation of husking.Two-toned fan-shaped huskings. They are easy to make.Arrange the coils and huskings to form a design.Use glue to hold the pieces together.
Arrange six pins in a circle and wrap a strip of paper around each pin.
Arrange six pins in a circle and wrap a strip of paper around each pin. | Source
Wrap around all the pins.
Wrap around all the pins. | Source
A fan-shaped husking.
A fan-shaped husking. | Source
A fan-shaped husking with a different colour paper strip around it.
A fan-shaped husking with a different colour paper strip around it. | Source
Adjust number and distance of pins to make a different variation of husking.
Adjust number and distance of pins to make a different variation of husking. | Source
Two-toned fan-shaped huskings. They are easy to make.
Two-toned fan-shaped huskings. They are easy to make. | Source
Arrange the coils and huskings to form a design.
Arrange the coils and huskings to form a design. | Source
Use glue to hold the pieces together.
Use glue to hold the pieces together. | Source

Fan-Shaped Huskings

When you have mastered making a straight husking, you can proceed to make a more interesting shape called a fan-shaped husking. To make a fan-shaped husking, use six pins arranged in a circle on the quilling board. Start wrapping a quilling paper around two pins that are adjacent to each other. Glue the end of the paper to the strip where it overlaps and continue to wrap the paper to form the pattern. When each pin is wrapped, use the remaining strip to wrap several times around the circle of pins. You can also use another strip of quilling paper of a different colour to wrap around the circle to make a two-toned fan-shaped husking.

These are the techniques of making huskings in paper quilling craft. You can continue to make your own huskings by using different number of pins. You can change the size of the huskings by adjusting the distances between the pins.

When you have made enough paper quilling coils and huskings, you can arrange them on a drawing paper to create an interesting quilled design for display. Use glue to adhere the coils and huskings to the drawing paper.

Here is another hub on how to make beautiful miniature potted flowers with quilling paper. You can check it out by clicking on the following link:

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Free paper quilling instructions | Source
Free tutorial on making flowers
Free tutorial on making flowers | Source
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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Quilling is neat handiwork. Your photos are helpful and enticing. :) Thanks for this look at a beautiful paper craft.


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harshad2011 4 years ago from India

Voted up and Beautiful. Keep going.


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StarryNightsDiva 4 years ago from Wethersfield, CT

This is a great tutorial. I have wanted to learn paper quilling for a very long time. You do beautiful work.


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natures47friend 4 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

What a clever idea and so colourful! Voted up, beautiful, useful and interesting.


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

RTalloni, paper quilling is easy and fun, too. Thank you for visiting my hub and leaving a comment :)


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

harshad2011, thank you for voting and leaving a comment, yes, I will keep going ... :)


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

StarryNightsDiva, I am glad you like this tutorial. You can also check out my other paper quilling tutorials by following the links I have included with this hub. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

Quilling is something that has always looked interesting. It creates such interesting art and has great colors and textures to. I really enjoyed seeing how it was done. Thanks so much for SHARING!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

natures47friend, thank you for visiting my hub and voting. I am pleased you enjoyed reading my hub :)


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

homesteadbound, paper quilling is one great craft I have been doing for many years and still enjoy doing because it is fun to do and does not require a lot of materials to produce a nice piece of artwork. I am glad you appreciate this form of art, too. Thank you for commenting here.


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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

I have never heard of this. Glad I saw your hub - very pretty. Voted up, interesting and beautiful!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

LABrashear, it is nice to know that you like the paper quilling designs. Thank you for voting and leaving comment. Cheers :)


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jodieorcutt 4 years ago from Buffalo NY

Very elaborate tutorial! Bookmarked. I've been contemplated getting into quilling for awhile now. I think I'll start with this!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

jodieorcutt, you are going to have lots of fun with paper quilling and I am sure your designs are going to look awesome! Happy quilling!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Your quilling hubs are great! Thanks for the detailed information and photos.


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

randomcreative, thanks! I am glad you like my quilling hubs and the photos. Cheers.


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ladeda 4 years ago

I'd never heard of quilling before until reading this Hub. Looks quite fun! Thanks for sharing!


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vox vocis 4 years ago

So, that's how huskins are made :) Another really helpful tutorial! The photos following the text make it a lot clearer. Voted up!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

vox vocis, huskings are fun and quick to make. With your own creativity, I am sure you will be able to make a lot of beautiful huskings for your craft projects.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

These are really beautiful! The colors are glorious and it looks relatively easy to do. Great hub! Sharing and voted up!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

Glimmer Twin Fan, thanks! You should try out paper quilling, it is easy to learn. Thank you for stopping by :)

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