What is Quilling?


    Quilling or Paper Filigree is the art of rolling, bending and shaping strips of paper into formed designs. The term quilling was probably derived from the fact that the quill of a feather was often used as the tool to shape the paper long ago. Quilling dates as far back as the 14th Century, when Catholic nuns used the cut and discarded edgings from monk’s publications to embellish religious articles and plaques. They were often painted gold to resemble metal filigree works. Quilling is a very time consuming, meticulous art where no two pieces really look exactly alike. Today, with better tools and papers available to the artist, many different kinds of quillings can be found in different colors, styles and levels of difficulty.