Cuttlebug Quilling Dies

Buzz about the new Cuttlebug quilling dies from Provo Craft [edit: now Cricut] has been making the rounds on paper crafting and quilling blogs recently.



A video, filmed by Mark Giles of scraptime.ca at the recent CHA convention (Craft and Hobby Association), shows Maggie Lamarre demonstrating how to die-cut and roll a strip of paper.

Scrap Time - CHA Winter 10 - New for Cuttlebug from Mark Giles on Vimeo. [edit: the video is no longer available]

To my eyes, the result looks more like a balloon punch flower than a quilled daisy, but perhaps that's splitting hairs. It's all good... the popular Cuttlebug name will bring new attention to quilling and the dies will appeal to those who want a relatively quick and satisfying way of adding dimension to their projects. Satisfying, because one feels more a part of the process when actually creating an embellishment, instead of just pasting something on that's been produced by the millions in an impersonal factory.



The slotted tool ("quilling pen") handle looks ideal. I've been after manufacturers to design a more ergonomically correct quilling tool for ages and hope it will be sold separately. Those of us who do true quilling would like access to it too. And fingers crossed the slot is ultra-fine, because why not make the less than pleasing crimp that a standard slotted tool produces as small as possible? Yes, it's fine to dream!

In addition to the demonstrated daisy, Provo Craft offers dies for a chrysanthemum that resembles a quilled fringed flower, and a rose or carnation.

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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