Quilling: Straight Husking
Husking is a technique in quilling which allows you to form looped shapes of defined size. There are two styles of huskings:
• Straight Husking
• Fan Shaped Husking
When making standard quilling coils, you wrap the paper around a slotted tool, remove the plug of paper, and then allow the paper to unravel a little to get a loose coil (instructions). The size of the coil will depend on how tight you wrapped the paper and how long you allow it to unravel. It can be challenging to make coils of the exact size because it is not easy to control the unraveling process (a cirlce template helps control the size of a loose coil).
With husking, this is not a problem. Husking produces loops of the same size and they look almost identical every time. Here, the paper strip is wrapped around pins - the pins define the location where the paper will be placed down. Husking is a more controlled process allowing for a more uniform project.
- Place 4 or 5 pins in a straight line.
Take a strip of paper and fold the end to form a hook.
Hook the paper onto the first pin.
- Place a dab of glue on the paper on the outside of the hook.
- Wrap the long end of the paper around the second pin, bring it back towards the first pin to form a loop. Pinch the papers to glue them together.
- Bring the paper towards the third pin.
- Apply a dab of glue on the paper near the first pin.
- Wrap the paper around the third pin, bring it back towards the first pin, and pinch the papers to glue them together.
- Continue wrapping the paper around the pins and glueing the layers of paper together at the base of the first pin.
- Repeat the process until all the pins are used up.
- When done, cut off excess paper and glue the tail end of the paper to the husking.
- Remove pins and then remove your husking.
Depending on how tightly you wrap the paper, the husking can be narrow or wide. If it is too narrow, press down on the top of the husking to widen the loops.
Shown are three huskings made the same way but with different widths. They look very different from one another!
You can place more pins to get more loops. You can place the pins at different distances from one another to get a different pattern. The husking on the left was made with 4 pins. The husking on the right used 6 pins but the distance between third and fourth pins is double the distance of the other pins.
To get uniform huskings, use a grid or graph paper so you know where to place the pins every time.
pins in a straight line for Straight Husking --->
pins in a fan shape for Fan Shaped Husking --->