Must-Have Quilling Tools & Accessories

I was going to write an article discussing my must-have tools & accessories suggestions, but thought that after a while it would get buried under new articles. So I decided to create an actual page to house these items.

Over the years I’ve developed a preference for specific items. Sometimes it’s out of convenience, others it’s out of lack of options. Trial and error has given me a lot of insight into what works and what doesn’t. I think I’ll actually add a section at the bottom of items that just don’t work for me as cautionary examples.

Paper

You can’t quill without paper. And, let’s face it, it’s a lot easier to buy precut strips than to make your own. The challenge is figuring out where to get it and the differences between the various brands.

I’m going to keep it simple here and list the three companies that I use the most when buying quilling paper – as well as “why.”

Quilled Creations

Quilled Creations was the first company I bought paper and tools from and are probably the place I keep going back to over and over. They don’t have the ginormous color selection like another company I’ll discuss further down, but they are wonderfully consistent and the colors they do have work perfectly well for 95% of my needs.

QC offers standard weight strips in three sizes (1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″) and more recently a cardstock “Quillography” line in two sizes (1/8″ and 1/4″). There is a near 100% match between their standard weight colors and the corresponding cardstock colors which is really nice when planning out projects.

Note: QC offers several other specialty quilling strips but since I rarely use them, I'm not going over each type. 

Little Circles

Little Circles has the biggest color selection I’ve found so far. If you’re looking for subtle shading and potentially too many options, this is the place to shop. They are slightly more expensive than Quilled Creations, but this is offset by the fact that all of LC’s paper comes in resealable bags, whereas QC paper comes in acetate which is single-use. The owner, Erin, will also cut her paper to any custom size upon request. She did this for me when I made the Ulta Beauty Logo in 2017.

JJ Quilling

JJ Quilling is a company in the UK and normally I wouldn’t suggest something to people that isn’t readily available, but JJ Quilling has gilded paper and this is a hard-to-find specialty item. Until recently, this was the only company I could obtain this from easily and the gilding is just beautiful. The owner will also custom cut to whatever width you want if you place a bulk order with her.

Note: JJ Quilling wholesales their papers to some Quilling e-tailers in the US and I will try to find a list for you in the near future.

Background Papers and Board

Dick Blick Fiber Infused Artboard