The PaperLove Blog Hop-The Art of Quilling

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My “paper crush” goes back to when I was a child. I used to do quilling projects when I was a kid. I was and I still am absolutely fascinated with this art form!

Quilling by Mary TananaI have such a vivid memory of making this piece,  I was 11 or 12 years old. I clearly remember how much fun it was to roll the colorful papers, and arrange each coil to make all of the flowers.

Quilling by Mary TananaQuilling or 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 rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes which make up designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes, eggs, and to make models, jewellery, mobiles etc. The most popular and versatile technique is that of rolling. The paper strip is rolled in fingers or using a tool. The coil is then released and then glued at the tip and then shaped. These shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns.

Quilling by Mary TananaDuring 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.

Quilling by Mary Tanana

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.

Quilling by Mary TananaToday, 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 by Mary Tanana

Quilling by Mary TananaI recently received a birthday card from my Mom. A quilled kitty!!!

PaperLove Blog Hop-Mary Tanana

PaperLove Blog Hop-Mary Tanana

PaperLove Blog Hop-Mary TananaCheck out the rest of the Paper Love BlogHop participants!!! And thanks for stopping by!

Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D’Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge


  1. I think the quilled paper looks so neat…I would really like to try it some day, another reason not to throw away tiny strips of paper…I’m working my way through the bog hop, it’s nice to meet you {*}

    • Hi Louise! and thanks for checking out my post. I actually found the same exact kit on Etsy that I used way-back-when. I am so tempted to buy it just for old time’s sake. Not that i need another hobby or anything, haha!

  2. …oh my gosh! I remember quilling too as a child! Though alas I think after the kit I was given was all used up I think I must have lost both patience and interest as I moved to other things. Still gives me a fun kick to see it still in practice today, though. So delicate and intricate, and so meditative to create too I imagine…

    Love your vibrant blog, btw 🙂 Hop on!

  3. Oh my goodness! That cat card is just amazing!!!

    Thanks for the potted history of quilling – I love the idea of the quilled gilded pages. Personally I’ve only tried quilling a few times … not sure I found it as non-taxing as the ladies of leisure of the past though!

    Great post.

    A [rather belated but still full-strength] hello! from a fellow PaperLove blog hopper.

    Julie 🙂

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