What is quilling? Well its an economical craft that anyone, of any age, can take part in. You do not need vast amounts of equipment or materials to enjoy the craft of quilling. You don't even need much space! It could be described as the ideal craft.
Basically quilling is the art of rolling, folding, twisting or otherwise shaping narrow strips of paper and arranging them to create beautiful designs.
The craft has long been associated with religious uses. In times past nuns were known to quill with gold-edged pages from their bibles, producing church artifacts and pictures. Moving closer to the present day, the Victorians loved to decorate household items such as tea caddies, boxes and even created plaques featuring their coat of arms.
There is a difference of opinion as to where quilling got its name. Some say it is because bird quills, or feathers, were used to roll the paper around, whereas others connect it to the native American art of using porcupine quills to produce decorative items.
Perhaps the most comon way to use it is to make quilled greeting cards for special ocassions. What better way of saying "I love you" than by taking the time to create something unique and personal. Many people have also made quilled invitations, for weddings or christenings, to great effect.
Another popular hobby of today is scrapbooking and quilling can be put to good use here too. But won't quilled decorations get squashed inside the pages of a scrapbook? Actually coiled paper is surprisingly strong and stands up well to being included in your memory books.
So strong, in fact, that you can even make 3D models with it! I have seen quilling used for freestanding characters, dolls house items, mobiles, cups and saucers, christmas tree ornaments and even a whole nativity scene.
The craft of quilling is not difficult and can be taught by anyone with a little experience. However, not everyone knows someone who can teach them how to quill.
Quilling books are useful, of course, but what happens if you get stuck?
I like to think that this website gives you the best of all worlds; quilling instructions, free quilling patterns, exciting new quilling techniques and someone to ask about anything you are unsure of.
So now you have asked the question "What is quilling?" get ready for an adventure and lots of fun!
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