Quilling is an art
form that involves
the use of strips
of paper that are
rolled, shaped,
and glued
together to create
The paper is rotated
around a quill to
create a basic shape.
The paper is then
glued at the tip and
these shapes are
arranged to form
flowers, leaves, and
various ornamental
patterns similar.
QUILLING are all names
which have been given to
our art during its long
history. Some sources
suggest that many of the
techniques we use today
were originally practised
in Ancient Egypt.
During the Renaissance,
French and Italian nuns and
monks used quilling to
decorate book covers and
religious items. The paper
most commonly used was
strips of paper trimmed from
the gilded edges of books.
These gilded paper strips were
then rolled to create the quilled
shapes. Quilling often imitated
the original ironwork of the
In the 18th century, quilling
became popular in Europe
where gentle ladies of quality
("ladies of leisure") practiced
the art. It was one of the few
things ladies could do that
was thought not too taxing for
their minds or gentle
dispositions. Quilling also
spread to the Americas and
there are a few examples
from Colonial times.
Many quilled art works can be found
on cabinets and stands, cribbage
boards, ladies' purses, a wide range
of both pictures and frames, work
baskets, tea caddies, coats of arms
and wine coasters. Storage boxes,
larger than most jewelry boxes with
drawers and/or tops that opened,
quilled lock boxes, and much more.
Some items were specially designed
for quilling with recessed surfaces.
Quilling was also combined or
married with other techniques such
as embroidery and painting.
The craft has gone through many
transformations and changes
through the ages using new
techniques, styles and materials.
Dimensional quilling creates 3D
Today, quilling is seeing a resurgence
in popularity with quillers (people who
practice the art of quilling) on every
continent and in every walk of life. No
longer confined to the "upper classes",
this is a peoples art form and the
beauty of the art is always expanding.
The craft has become increasingly
popular due to the low cost of the
material. It is used to decorate wedding
invitations, for Christmas, birth
announcements, greeting cards,
scrapbook pages, and boxes. Quilling
can be found in art galleries in Europe
and in the United States and is an art
that is practiced around the world.
Quilling paper is available
on the consumer market
in over 250 colors and
dimensions. It can be
divided into various
categories, like solid
colored Quilling paper,
graduated Quilling paper,
two-tone Quilling paper,
acid free Quilling paper
and other assorted
parcels of Quilling paper.
Solid colored
Quilling paper
Acid free Quilling
Two-tone Quilling
Quilling paper
Using Quilling you can make a lot of
things, for exemple:
* decorative cards,
* decorative picture’s frames,
* pictures,
* jewelry,
* other decorations.

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