Elizabeth Moad is a busy papercrafter, workshop tutor and author. In 2001 Elizabeth left her job in Cambridge and returned to full time study at Norwich School of Art and Design to complete a fine art degree, specialising in print making. During this study Elizabeth developed a passion for all papercrafts. Now accomplished in many crafting techniques, Elizabeth is widely known for her talent in many different papercrafts such as quilling, folding, stamping and collage. She is a regular contributor to UK magazine Crafts Beautiful with monthly paper quilling master classes and also contributes monthly to PaperCrafter! magazine as part of the ask the experts panel. Elizabeth has run craft workshops since 2006 and enjoys teaching regular groups in her home county of Suffolk. Since 2003 Elizabeth has published 7 titles.
Quilling is papercrafter Elizabeth Moad's area of expertise - and her brand new book of projects for newbies has lots of verve and variety. The 20 projects have a fresh, contemporary feel - they let the lace-like swirls and arabesques of the quilled shapes take centre stage, while avoiding decorative overload. You will learn how to make and shape quilled coils, how to fashion mini-roses by twisting and turning quilling strips, and you will learn husking - how to form decorative loops of quilling paper by guiding the strips around strategically-placed pins in a foam board. Fringed quilling is also featured - this involves the use of a fringing gadget, probably the most expensive bit of kit in the quiller's craft box (the rest of the quilling supplies are low-budget) the result: ever-popular fringed flowers - real showstoppers. Another clever technique is illustrated in the Wreath Card, in which a Border Buddy (TM) tool, a shaped plastic support, is used to create a free-wheeling, Catherine-wheel effect. Elizabeth's clever use of materials and innovative techniques include using decorative edging scissors to add interest to a quilling strip: result - rolled cone flowers. Flower motifs predominate because the organic curves of quilled forms lend themselves to natural shapes. There's also a super-cute owl motif. The author knows just how to tweak her designs to add interest - a well-placed curl here, a bit of 3-D shaping there. Embellishments are kept to a minimum - for max effect - a ribbon here, a well-placed bead, a bit of stitching. Projects include an Anniversary Gift Bag using a crimping tool, ridged cogs that create crinkled ridges in the quilling strips, and Hanging Decorations, 3-D stars, made using a quilling comb - loop the strips around the prongs. Nice how the projects are used to highlight the use of a particular tool or technique, focusing on just one new skill per project. It might have been nice to see some quilled typography - a pleasing trend that's been very big recently. I suppose gluing the quilling strips on-end to outline the letters was deemed too tricky a technique for beginner's to attempt. The Table of Contents acts as a picture gallery of the projects, chapter headings are Cycle of Life, Big Days, Festive Fun, and Family Moments. Step-by-step photos and text accompany each project. Upfront, you've got a capsule History of Quilling, a rundown of tools and materials, plus basic how-tos. Paper Quilling is the companion volume to Elizabeth Moad's Paper Folded Flowers, which I reviewed in my previous blogpost. With this book and a few simple quilling supplies, you could easily learn a new creative skill over the bank holiday. http://thepapercraftpost.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/paper-quilling-by-elizabeth-moad-review.html * The Papercraft Post * This is a beautiful book, with suggestions for 20 imaginative projects. If you are looking for a different hobby this is a great one to add to your collection. * Hot Brands, Cool Places * Elizabeth's second book on quilling and just as good as the first, for me these are some of the best books on quilling. Step-by-step techniques for 20 beautiful projects that you really will want to make. I like them all, but I love the Christmas trees and hearts, just superb. Motifs include flowers, balloons, hearts, owls and more to take this traditional craft into contemporary modern projects. You can make cards, decorated gift boxes, tags or wall art. Minimal equipment is needed and the projects are suitable for any level. Easy to follow instructions for great projects. Recommended. * Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk * Paper quilling-the art of taking slim strips of paper and coiling them into intricate, lacelike designs-is making a comeback as paper crafters look to different techniques to freshen up their repertoire. Moad (Paper Folded Flowers) demonstrates ways to embellish cards, gift bags, and decorative objects in this thematic collection. Designs range from traditional quilled swirls and hearts to modern interpretations, such as a fanlike wreath or a dimensional flower. In addition to the projects, an overview of basic tools and techniques is provided. VERDICT Ranging from simple to elaborate, Moad's designs are great for crafters interested in exploring quilling as a means of embellishment. * Library Journal USA *