Quilling 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. These shaped coils 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. In the 18th century quilling became popular in Europe where ladies of quality practised the art. Quilling also spread to the Americas and there are a few examples from Colonial times.
Today quilling is seeing a resurgence in popularity on every continent and in every walk of life. The craft has become increasingly popular due to the low cost of the material. It is used to decorate all sorts of cards, scrapbook pages and boxes. Quilling can be found in art galleries and is an art that is practised around the world.
Here are some great examples of quilling: