Friday, February 5, 2010

Folded Rose Tutorial

Polly Wiggins, a quilling friend in Kansas, encrusted this paper mache heart with beautiful folded roses and fringed flowers. I'm drawn to the subtle, old fashioned shades she chose, perhaps because they remind me of a silky-soft comforter my great grandmother made years and years ago.


If you've been steering clear of folded roses because they seem too complicated, fear not. Just a few supplies and repetitious steps, and you'll soon realize they're really quite simple.

 
Supplies:

Quilling paper
- any width will work, but 3/8 inch or 1/4 inch are used most commonly. Both are available as standard sizes or cut your own strips. About a 7 inch length makes a nice, full rose.
Quilling tool - slotted tool or needle tool (I'll use a standard slotted tool for this tutorial.)
Scissors
Glue - suitable for paper
Plastic lid - use as glue palette
Paper piercing tool, T-pin, or round toothpick - to apply glue

paper-rose

Directions:

1. Cut a strip of paper 3/8 inch x 7 inches.
2. Slip one end of the strip into a slotted tool from the left. It doesn't matter whether you are right or left handed, as both will have tasks. (speaking of hands... please excuse my winter-ravaged ones!)


3. Hold the tool vertically in your right hand, the strip in your left, and begin to roll the tool toward the left. Make a few revolutions to secure the paper and form the center of the rose.


4. Use your left hand to bend the strip straight up at a 90 degree angle. There's no need to crease the fold.


5. Continue rolling the tool toward the left, rolling over the fold as you go. At the same time, use your left hand to gradually bring the strip back down to a horizontal position. I realize this sounds clumsy, but try it - you'll soon see it becomes a smooth folding and rolling action.

The next three pictures show the fold/roll motion in progress... the first picture is immediately after the first fold, while rolling.


Farther along - left hand is lowering the strip; right hand is still rolling the tool.

A little farther...
Now it's time to fold and roll again.

Tip: Make a new fold just as soon as you've finished rolling the previous one.


Second fold/roll has been completed. The pic below is just before the third fold.


6. Repeat the rolling/folding as many times as it takes to use up the strip - that's all there is to it.

Look - a rose is taking shape! This is after six or seven folds... notice it's forming upside down and would make a nice little bud at this stage.


7. When close to the end of the strip, tear off any excess, slip the rose off the tool, and allow the folds to relax. Shape the rose by gently rotating or untwisting the folds a bit. Hide the torn end of the strip by gluing it to the underside of the rose.


Tip: A torn paper end will be less noticeable when glued because it blends better than a sharp cut.

Finished rose

Tip: Smooth out the center crimp caused by the slotted tool by inserting and rotating the tip of a paper piercing tool or round toothpick.

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58 comments:

  1. I wish I had this tutorial ten years ago, Ann! lol It took me forever to learn a folded rose. Kept using Malinda's book instructions and couldn't follow. Great tutorial and pics!

    And Polly's heart is gorgeous. The colors are so soft and vintage. Lots of work in it. Thanks for the share.

    Have a fun weekend! (I know, lots of snow headed your way!) hugs, xo

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  2. Thanks for the tutorial!!! I was wondering how these pretty roses were done.

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  3. The heart is beautiful!! AND that tutorial is great! I've tried this before, but dummy me didn't realize that the rose formed up-side-down! Once I got to fold 4 or 5 and saw that it didn't look like a rose (on top) - I quit! Now I'll have to have another go at it!

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  4. Lovely, clear instructions, thank you. Can't wait to try them

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  5. OMG Ann, that ia the coolest tutorial ever..I really want to try it. As you know I am a beginner at quilling..can you tell me where to get that tool?
    Please email me if you have the time.
    heatonup@verizon.net

    Priscilla

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  6. oh and I can not wait to see the next tutoril for these flowers :)
    I want to try this asap :)
    Priscilla

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  7. this tutorial is great thanks ;)

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  8. Wonderful tutorial and I cannopt wait to try it as I am doing an srt project for a judged show and the roses will fit in perfecting with my art project. I do nto have 1/4 strips so Iwill be sutting them myself. I'll let you know how it turns out.
    Thanks again!
    Audrey

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  9. So glad you all are enjoying the tutorial - thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

    Priscilla, and anyone else who is wondering about the tool... it came with the Twirled Paper book/kit by Jacqueline Lee.

    Molly, yes... SO snowy here today. A great weekend to stay in and make things!

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  10. Beautiful tutorial! I can't wait to try it!

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  11. Hi Ann, It was such a surprise to hear from you on my blog. I only just started it 4 days ago and it needs a lot of work. I enjoyed your tutorial, even after folding over a thousand of them from pearl paper for my daughter's wedding last August! I have been following the many very interesting articles on your blog, but not commenting as often as I should. Thanks again for taking the time to say hi! Blessings

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  12. Making the rose upside down in genius! I've been making these a while and i always get annoyed by when its time to stick and seal them! this will definitely help! Thanks a bunch!

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  13. Dear Ann,

    I have been meaning to write you a message of gratitude for your informative and inspiring blog. I check it every day! I am an art teacher in a Philadelphia elementary school. I have done beginner quilling in the past few years for myself, but have always hesitated to introduce it to my 3rd to 8th grade students. Thanks to you, I am making it the focus of our Easter-Mother's Day-Father's Day projects.

    If you ever know of any workshops/classes given locally (I would travel to Maryland!), please let me know, donnabridy@aol.com

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  14. So very nice to hear from all of you; thank you. Mary, I'm thrilled you'll be teaching quilling to your students. I think they'll love it! I'll definitely let you know if I hear of classes in the Philly area.

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  15. Thanks for the tutorial on folded roses, one technique I find difficult. Your instructions are very clear and easy to understand.
    licia

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  16. shukriya (thank you)..
    for sharng.. its a beautiful tutorial...

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  17. Great tutorial, really clear and easy to follow. Will try again to make a prefect rose!! Thanks.

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  18. Ann - Congrats on your Craft Magazine feature!! Good going!

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  19. Thanks for your kind comments, everyone!

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  20. After trying this method of roses, though I've found it easier, i must admit that i am appalled by the triangular nature of the majority of mine instead of the lovely random rounded shape of yours as shown.... is there a way to avoid that? i do try letting the rose settle in the end before gluing, but unraveling, leads to a loose coil, which isn't quite appropriate either?

    Feedback would be great! thankyou!

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  21. Embee, the key to avoiding the tri-cornered hat look to roses (yes, I've made my share of those!) is to make sure you keep the folds close together. Just as soon as you finish rolling over the previous fold, fold again. Be really gentle about the unraveling too... just untwist a teeny bit; you might not even need to do it. Let me know how it goes, if you get a chance.

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  22. Oh my. I love quilling though I am still quite a novice and this is just SUPERB! I think even I can do it! I am going to give it a try! Thank you so much for the photos and how to!

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  23. Thanks Melanie and Elaine, I hope you'll give the rose a try. I'm sure you can do it!

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  24. Thanks for the tutorial. I´ve followed him and was great fun.
    The result is here:
    http://matxalen-miniaturasycasasdemuecas.blogspot.com/2010/02/rosas.html

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  25. I *must* get a tool like that! Love this! :) TFS!

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  26. Thank you for this tutorial. The heart looks so good.
    Eveline.

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  27. Thanks for this great tutorial. I'm going to hobby lobby tomorrow and guess what I'm getting!!!

    Blessings,
    Christine

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  28. Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Handcraft category today (look for timestamp: [24 Feb 01:00pm GMT]).

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  29. complimenti per il bellissimo blog. vorrei inserirti tra i miei amici ma non so come fare. Clementina

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  30. hi! i linked to this in my blog tonight, hope that's ok! i didn't have a quilling tool, and used a needle instead. it was a little tough, but i loved the result. i can't believe someone made over a thousand of these guys for her daughter's wedding! just thinking about that makes my fingers want to fall off!

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  31. Yes, BellsinSpires, perfectly okay to link to this page, thanks. Your roses turned out perfectly! I so agree... can't imagine making anywhere near a thousand!

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  32. Put a photo of your art and your website in my flickr album, making this much success. Congratulations very beautiful your work.
    Hugs
    Zilda

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  33. Beautiful rose and the tutorial makes it sound so easy. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  34. I always have been frustrated doing folded roses, but this time, following your tutorial, it was really fun to make them up side down, they look really very nice. Then thank you for your tutorial.
    Francine

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  35. the more i look, the more i find. this is gorgeous.

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  36. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for all your wonderful patterns and ideas!

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  37. Hi there! Your rose is totally awesome! If you don`t mind, i`ll tell about it to my readers on my young quilling blog :) Of coarse with active link on your greatfull post...

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  38. Thank you, Selen, that will be fine. Best wishes with your new blog!

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  39. I have been trying to figure out how to fold the quilled rose (that looks like a rose, not a red spiral. I'll try using you tutorial. Such a great tutorial by the way.

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  40. it luks really beautiful...and easy too...but i'll try and i 'll let u noe if it is so....!!!

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  41. Thank you so very much for this tutorial, it worked out perfect the first time for me!

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  42. will try this!! this is wonderful tutorial!

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  43. I'm amazed on how you folded the rose..I normally do it the other way around and have never had a thought of doing it this way..Perhaps I should give a try in the future and see how it'll turn out to be..

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  44. cute! I've been wanting to make a paper rose wreath since I saw one in target. thanks!

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    1. Nice idea, craft41. You can make roses any size you like just by widening/lengthening the paper. To join strips to make a longer one, tear the ends, then overlap a bit and add glue. That way the join will hardly show.

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  45. gratitude for this great tutorial, very pretty rose

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  46. Thank you so much for these easy to follow instructions, I've only recently started quilling but I already LOVE making roses, I try to include them in all my creations. I wish everyone would make their instructions as clear.
    P.S. I wish my winter ravaged hands looked as good as yours. Leah Huntley

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    1. So sorry for my late reply, Leah, for some reason I missed it until now. Thank you, I'm happy you liked the tutorial. :)

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  47. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have made roses for a card with it. My card is posted here and I've put a link to your tutorial for others to see.

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    1. Thanks Cook, I appreciate that. Your roses are lovely.

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  48. So wonderful tutorial..thanks for the idea..

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  49. Okay ... I admit to being a non-conformist, but this day I was truly trying to make the perfect little rose along with this excellent tutorial. I got out my tape measure and cut 3/8" x 7" strips of paper and began rolling around a tiny vintage (Lee Wards 3) crochet needle. Folding as and when I should, I completed my rose ... but it did not look as it should. It was so wobbly. I thought, "Okay, it is the first one you've done~practice makes perfect." I read the success and failure (tri-corner hat effect, etc.) comments and the remedies for, but the more I tried the more imperfect my flowers were. THEN I decided to embrace the imperfection! I did all kinds of crazy things with those roses! Water colored (wet!) the paper, put Elmer's glue on my fingers and then rolled the rose, just nutty stuff, no pressure. Call it 'shabby chic', call it 'natural' looking, call it a Cabbage Rose. I will try to post the pictures when they dry.
    I could not have even began without the excellent tutorial. Thank you Ann Martin (also ♥ Polly Wiggins rose & frilled flower heart) for an excellent tutorial on perfectly formed roses.
    To those like me who didn't (I have never) achieved perfection, it's all good! Keep trying if you will. I will. But in the meantime, mistakes and imperfection can be quite lovely too.

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    1. Hi Carole, I'm so glad you tried making roses and embraced the imperfections. Your comment is timely as just this past week - for the first time in a long time - I've been making roses and you know what? At first they didn't look as perfect as the one in this tutorial - so keep at it. They really do get better each time you return to try again. Just be the boss of that little strip of paper. :)

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