This very short and 2x-speed-video, shows how to make the boucle, beehive, continuous scroll, or popcorn quill with the signature “s” shaped center. It’s a quilling technique that allows you to create “quills” that are chained together on a strip and that don’t have the tagged centers that you find when using the slotted tool.
It’s a great way to fill in large spaces with a pattern while still making it look uniform and attractive. Because of the way the quills are chained, you can fit them together seamlessly and even into bizarrely-shaped areas that you normally wouldn’t be able to get regular or even tiny-sized quills into without it throwing off the appearance of your fill pattern.
They also work well in 3D. You can build layers of them to create depth, or you can form them into mounds or balls to give the illusion of fur or wool or hair. They are one the best techniques I’ve ever learned and I wanted to share it with you. It took me over a year to figure it out, though admittedly, I wasn’t trying that hard. A lot of the instructions were written and it just didn’t make sense to me until one particular day when I saw a snapshot of a woman holding her tool about an inch from the end of a strip. It didn’t show anything else, but I did the same thing and I rolled and voila, it was like magic.
You can make it tight by packing it in as you glue it down. You can let it glue down loosely. You can pull the end through a tight area and fill in thin lines. You can make short pieces to fit into tight corners. You can crimp it together and make jagged, but regular fill. There are so many possibilities that it’s hard to think of them all!
I used this technique to fill in my State of Maine Map Quilling and the interior of the B monogram below. See how they blend and fill with a pattern that is uniform but seamless?