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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Quilling Tutorial - Beyond Beehive Technique

Today's quilling technique tutorial is what I discovered when I was using the beehive technique while quilling River Tree quilled landscape.

You can find a video of the beehive technique here .
Susan is the one who came up with this technique but I did not see a tutorial on her site so I have given the above one by Pritesh.

I found that the beehive unwinds easily and when used as a filler in large areas tends to detract from its beauty, however when quilling the above I managed to make it hold its shape. The following are the secrets to success.
  1. Smaller sub-coils  look nicer than large sub-coils  as the outer coils start unwinding fast and loose shape making them look more like breaking waves.
  2. I usually insert the quilling needle at a length that will allow me to make about 4 to 6 twists (full clockwise turns) for  filling large areas and 3 to 4 twists for filling smaller areas.
  3. Equal spaced quilling makes better beehive strips. That is after the first sub-coil which I quill counting the turns, I insert the needle at a distance, slightly less than half the length of the first, as you will be quilling practically double strips for the rest of the way.
  4. Stop turning the needle just before the subcoil you are quilling touches the previous one as this will reduce it curling into the other coils.
  5. After you quill each sub coil, hold it on the quilling needle for about 3 seconds to reduce it unwinding. This helps it hold the shape better.
  6. Arrange the coils in its natural shape. That is if it is coiling then coil it in a circle and insert it into the space to be filled.
  7. Glue every sub coil to the backing.
  8. Use forceps and arrange the coils and if some have unwound use forceps and wind it back when gluing.
  9. When gluing push the coils close to each other. Do not leave too much space.
  10. If there are empty spaces quill single sub coils and insert and glue to fill the gaps.
  11. Hold each sub-coil down till it is stuck to the backing. If large area, hold it down with your palm till it is stuck. This will prevent further unwinding.
  12. All these gluing tips are not required when you stabilize the beehive by encircling it like I did in quilled tree landscape.


  1. Lovely tips..and very useful.Thanks for sharing!!Love to follow your blog.:)

    1. Thank you Smita. I loved your blog and you got some great pieces. I am now following you.

  2. thanks for sharing your tips, very useful !!!!

    1. Thank you Paula for taking the time to comment.

  3. You have spotted correctly uneven coils don't look good .Yours tips are useful will surly follow them.Thanks !

  4. Thanks for sharing the tips. They are very useful!!

  5. Replies
    1. You are welcome. I hope you will quill a beautiful piece using the beehive very soon.

  6. Bonjour,

    Enfin des tutos très bien fait. Merci. J'ai cherché par compte le tut de la technique ruche mais je ne l'ai pas trouvé.
    J'en ai trouvé sur d'autre site mais beaucoup moins bien expliqué que sur le votre. Il me faudrait des photos pas à pas enfin...pour nunuche
    Merci d'avance et longue vie a votre blog.
    bien amicalement

    1. Hi Michele,
      You can find a video by Pritesh Dagur at this link
      This is the best video available on this technique. My tutorial gives tips on how to standardize the size and making the sub coils more stable hence the question of pics are not relevant. Pritesh makes a ring then makes the sub coils and then inserts it into the ring.
      I have used the sub coils without encircling them with strips or inserting them into rings and hence have given tips on how to make the sub coils stable.

      You should read the posts which I have referenced (linked to) to get a better understanding of my tutorials.

      I hope this helps.


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