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My six year old daughter seems to love most things arty and crafty so I am always on the look out to find interesting kits for her to have a go at making. Also, as the weather these summer holidays is not turning out as the weatherman promised, it's good to have some indoor projects to occupy her. With these thoughts in mind we headed off to my beloved Hobbycraft and came home with a couple of kits including this one - Curly Creatures.
It states on the box that this is a fun introduction to the craft of quilling. This sounded like a lot of fun and as I have never tried quilling before we would be learning together. It also shows on the box what your finished products will look like - eight very bright and colourful cards showing lots of different creatures. My daughter could not wait to get started.
The box contains eight cards with envelopes, 100 x 5mm quilling strips of assorted colours, sixteen wiggly eyes, white glue, instructions and, most important of all, the quilling tool. This is a small plastic stick with a slit at the top for fastening each strip before coiling it round. It is reasonably easy to use although there definitely is a knack. My daughter has trouble slotting the strips in but she is getting better with practice!
The instructions are really good and easy to follow. There are some basic instructions at the start which tell you how to make the loose and tight coils, spirals and zigzags. These are the four basic shapes you will be using on these designs and none of them are too difficult although the hardest bit is probably sliding the coil of the quilling tool. Following on from these there are specific instructions for each card telling you how long the strips need to be and how many of the different shapes you need in which colours. Also, you have a good visual guide on the front of the box where you can see all the completed designs.
When we started on our first card, which was a sheep, I had to give my daughter a lot of help. It's quite fiddly to thread the strips in the tool and also there is a definite knack to making the coils. Having made one card now though, she is much more confident about getting on by herself and only occasionally asks for help. Also, because she can read now, she does not need me to tell her what the instructions are asking her to do. The suggested age is five years plus which is probably OK, but as with all of these sorts of things, older children will be more successful at completing the activities on their own. I know that my daughter is really enjoying having a go and getting on with making the cards.
The finished cards are really attractive and have received many comments. And, of course, the lovely thing is, that not only have we enjoyed making the cards, but we have been able to send them to people with messages. Rachel has loved being able to do this.
Overall, I think this is a very good kit and a good introduction to a new craft. It contains everything that you need and nothing is too difficult. At the moment my daughter is sitting next to me making a very cute boggle eyed caterpillar and it looks fantastic. She is very proud of herself.
The kit costs around £6.99 which is excellent value as it has kept Rachel entertained for many hours and it probably works out a lot cheaper than many days out!
Contents - 8 printed cards, 8 coloured envelopes, 100 x 5mm quilling strips, quilling tool, 16 wiggly eyes, white glue and a guide. A fun introduction into the craft of quilling.