Worldwide quillers – Meet Suganthi (India)
Suganthi is a quiller living in Chennai, India. She has beautiful quilling ideas. I invite you to read her interview and discover her quilling journey. Enjoy!
1 . How did you find out about quilling?
While searching for a origami kusudama tutorial , I chanced upon a tutorial for a quilled snowflake quite by accident , I was fascinated by what can be done with rolled paper strips , I tried the snowflake and was at once hooked to quilling.
2. Quilling is a time consuming craft. How do you organize your work time in order to spend time with your family?
My boys are both grown up , my elder one is away in College and my younger will be next year . I find more time for myself now and also I work when they do their homework usually in the same room. I rarely work when my Husband is home.
3. Quilling can be a good way of earning extra money. How did you start your quilling business? Do you have any advice for quillers who try to earn money through quilling?
I started selling among my friends at our local library. Later I started receiving requests through emails from my blog visitors . For the past two years I have been selling through my online shop and through my Facebook page. My advice to quillers who are starting would be to set up an online shop and then promote it through their blog and other social media.
4. What does it mean quilling for you?
I find quilling a way of expressing myself. I lose track of time when I quill , it is like meditation .
5. What are the main steps you follow when starting a quilling design (e.g. drawing, choosing the colors, cutting the strips of paper)?
I start each project with just a small idea and then I work around it. I choose colors that show well on the background I plan to use. I keep at it until I am satisfied . Usually the finished product comes as a surprise to me. I am especially grateful to customers who know exactly what they want , it gives me the opportunity to quill something new which I would not have thought of. While Quilling birds or animals I use an image for reference. While doing words or numbers I print them and quill over them.
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