Monday, October 5, 2015
Book Review: Great Paper Quilling
I rate it ... very good!
See my post about book reviews for details about my review criteria and biases.
Great Paper Quilling starts with a brief section for beginners - a tutorial on how to quill and an explanation of necessary tools and supplies. Then the book quickly gets into the projects, designed by a host of different quillers. The projects include: frames, motifs, flowers, insects, jewelry, letters, miniatures, snowflakes and more. There is no gallery at the end.
What I liked:
The book is well produced with lots of nice color images. The projects are well presented (and given the nice pictures, the projects are, for the most part, easy to follow.) There is something for everyone here. Since a number of designers are represented, the book does not get repetitious.
What I liked less:
The tutorial section is quite small. I can see a book like this opting out entirely, given this is supposed to be 'great' paper quilling, but if it is there, then I have a bias that a tutorial be substantial. Some of the projects seem basic, again for a book of 'great' quilling, while others, like the quilled church, are quite large in scope. There is no gallery at the end, and I expected to see more quilling inspiration there. Because the quilling is created by different designers, the quality and nature of the quilling isn't consistent throughout the book. Overall, I don't think the book quite hits its intended mark of 'great' quilling.
I'm glad to have the book on my shelf, and do flip through for inspiration now and then. I think it is best suited for moderately experienced quillers, not beginners, since the tutorial is so short. Advanced quillers may find the designs too basic. Current prices - new at about $15, the book may be just a tad pricey, but used for less than $4 is a steal.