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Feb 24, 2012

What's in a Name, Quilling

Most of us know what quilting is, but quilling is a bit different. Quilling, or paper filigree, is an art form using strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.

The name originates from winding the paper around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is glued at the tip and the coiled shapes are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork.

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 can be as simple or as complex as your imagination allows. It is making a comeback and is great fun for children and adults.