must admit that I had never heard of quilling until a few years ago,
even though the fundamentals of quilling were something I did quite
often. Have you ever found yourself playing with a thin strip of paper? Like rolling it around a pencil until the strip curls up very tightly? And then do you unspin it to make a fun little spiral piece of paper?
Here is a more technical definition of quilling, copied and pasted from Wikipedia. Quilling, which is also called paper filigree,
is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are
rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The
paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is
glued at the tip and the coil shaped, these shaped coils are arranged
to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns.
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 day.
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.
craft has gone through many transformations and changes through the
ages using new techniques, styles and materials. Dimensional quilling
creates 3D items.
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 people’s 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, 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
Here is my question for all of you quillers out there…
How do you glue the pieces? Is there a special tool? A special technique? A certain type of glue?
Please share your tips and tricks with us!