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Post by Jocelyneliza on 2010-04-25, 05:47

I wanted to share this site with you. This is the English translation and something about these designs speak to me. Some of the quilling is rather rustic but I really like the composition of most of the designs.

http://www.hinago-quilling.com/english.html

The link is to Seasons inspired designs and from here you can click on 3 other categories. When viewing the Japanese, click on the title of the card and you can read an explanation of the Japanese beliefs and traditions which inspired these designs.

I feel peaceful when I look at the first two designs in Seasons and, after reading the explanations, I understand the Japanese designs.


This is the Home page for this site ( I can not work out which link takes you to Home).

http://www.hinago-quilling.com/

Click on Shop (bottom left, one of the very few english words on this page) and look at the quilling tools. I do not know the differences in them all but I would like to have them just so I could look at them.

My friends would understand my connection with this site and the designs and I hope you enjoy them.

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Post by Quill Me on 2010-04-25, 05:54

The Japanese are so good at all things paper, aren't they, Jocelyn? I have a couple of books about quilling from Japan in my library of quilling books.

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Post by Jocelyneliza on 2010-04-25, 06:05

Bronwyn, where did you purchase the Japanese books? I think I would really enjoy them. As you say the Japanese are really talented with the paper crafts. There are some books listed in the Shop on this site but I am still trying to work it all out.

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Post by Quill Me on 2010-04-25, 09:17

I ordered them through Amazon Japan. You can get the site translated into English I think
The books I got are "Paper Quilling" ISBN4-529-03955-2 and
ISBN4 8347-5493-6- this one only has a Japanese title, but Hinago Toyomi is involved with both books I think.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/quilling/s/qid=1272178266/ref=sr_pg_1?ie=UTF8&keywords=quilling&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aquilling&page=1

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Post by Jocelyneliza on 2010-04-25, 12:29

Thanks Bronwyn, I will certainly look at them.

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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by admin on 2010-04-26, 00:13

Hi Jocelyn,
Wow those tools are really something to look at aren't they! they seem to have a piece on the end that I wonder if it may either be used to turn the tool or so your hand doesn't slip off perhaps. Either way the tip of so fine it would leave a lovely center wouldn't it. Must be a slotted needle. Tried googling Japanese quilling but didn't come up with much at all. I know the quilling guild has no longer been in existence for a while even though there are still many links to their old site. I would love to see some more of their work from over there. The only thing I found was a quilling book but don't know if it in english or not
Japanese quilling book link
and this was on ebay in the USA. Perhaps you could take the title information and google it for more info. Our Amazon here is fishpond book, I did a search there and even with their big lot of books, nothing came up. Hope that small amount is somewhat helpful Question

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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by Ann Martin on 2010-05-04, 03:52

Karon, I have the Japanese tool and it's wonderful! You're right, it leaves a very small center. I bought mine from a Japanese member of the NAQG (North American Quilling Guild) a few years ago at our annual convention. Motoko (Maggie) has a quilling supply shop and will ship internationally. If you'd like to read more about her and the tool, here's a link to a post I wrote for my blog not too long ago:
http://allthingspaper-annmartin.blogspot.com/2010/03/motoko-nakatani.html

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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by admin on 2010-05-04, 05:59

Thanks so much Ann, this is wonderful, I'm off to have a read and catch up on your wonderful site with so many goodies. Do you know what happened to the Japanese Guild at all?
Tried to get it on a search but to no avail like it has been closed down
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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by Ann Martin on 2010-05-04, 15:36

You're very welcome, Karon. I don't know why the Japanese Guild site is down.

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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by thejodster on 2010-05-08, 12:28

* Help?? could not find the japanese tool , would love to see how different it is from our regular slotted one, and if it can be bought. I have been going through a lot of Japanes pages that are in japanese..giggle...

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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by Jocelyneliza on 2010-05-08, 13:21

This should take you straight to the tools.

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Good luck

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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by thejodster on 2010-05-08, 20:27

thank you so much, but I do not see a difference besides the little knob at end though. gosh I would not know how to start to buy online from foreign country....how does it change the money ?

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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by admin on 2010-05-11, 00:03

Hi there,
I can help you here. Most trade overseas is carried out in USD (united states dollars). Our dollar was very good against it in recent times but over the last week has dropped considerably. Usually most transactions are carried out by paypal however some insist on international money transfer. The later can be quite precarious and ill advised unless you are really confident with the person you are dealing with. Also it is very expensive usually Australian dollar value of around $30 per transfer which takes 3-5 days and handled by third party banks who also at times take their fees out which can amount to the same as what you have paid in the first place
If you have a look on xe currency converter you can compare our dollar to the US dollar or any other country. Remember that those rates and the bank/paypal is usually a few cents dearer though. Also the cost of international postage must be taken into account so make sure you get a quote first. Perhaps if a few people got together this may work out more economically
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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by thejodster on 2010-05-11, 00:41

thank you Karon for clearing that up so well. you are so appreciated. ;o)
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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by Ann Martin on 2010-05-11, 01:04

Jodster, I find the tool to be quite different than the usual slotted tool - it's a precision instrument really. The slot is extremely fine which gives the coils a very tiny center. There's an example picture on my blog post that I linked to above that shows just how small I mean. Hope this helps.

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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by admin on 2010-05-19, 15:52

HI All,
Did anyone end up getting a Japanese quilling tool? Just wondered how it was going and what they thought? Very interested to hear everyone's feedback on the experience

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Re: Quilling in Japan

Post by Sandiegeek on 2014-03-19, 01:20

Indeed this slotted tool is amazing. I also purchased it from Maggie at a quilling conference in NY in 2010 and it's been ever since my favorite quilling tool.

The tip is very fine but also somewhat 'porous' for lack of a better word which makes the paper stay in and it doesn't slide out as it often happens with other slotted tools from the American market. The center of the coil is also very little almost perfectly round. The tip is so fine that at times if I want to use two strips of paper I really have to stretch the ends of the paper strips with my nails so I can fit both in the slot.

The white 'knob' at the end of the tool is another great feature. That knob rests on your palm while you are turning the tool. Maybe for a better visual description I am sure we all used at one point those tiny screwdrivers which at the end have the same type of knob allowing the tool to twist/turn easily while having a good grip. Almost like a wheel on an axle which allows the tool to turn without using your finger power. Hope this makes sense. If you have in the house a set of these tiny screwdrivers as described above, take one and use the same motion as if rolling a strip of paper with your slotted tool and you'll notice the difference. Long, quick and beautiful turns with no extra effort.

With any regular slotted tool my hand would get sweaty, my fingers would stick to the tool and I would have to keep a good grip of the tool while balancing it in my palm, which made the twisting somewhat difficult towards the end of the roll while trying to keep the same pressure on the coil. I never encountered this problem with this tool.

Quilling with this tool it's a breeze.

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