I just wanted to share my mom’s latest quilling project with you, and also tell you a little bit about this craft. I remember when I first heard about it from her, I thought she meant quilting, yeah, I have a hearing problem too 🙂 Anyways, here is a short explanation on what quilling (aka paper filigree) really is:

“Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together into coils to create decorative designs. 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. 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.

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.

Many quilled art works can be found on cabinets and stands, cribbage boards, ladies’ purses, a wide range of both pictures and frames, work baskets, tea caddies, coats of arms and wine coasters. Storage boxes, larger than most jewelry boxes with drawers and/or tops that opened, quilled lock boxes, and much more. Some items were specially designed for quilling with recessed surfaces. Quilling was also combined or married with other techniques such as embroidery and painting.”

And this is mom’s latest work, called Clematis (it’s a kind of flower, you know!)

For more quilling projects check


Feel free to ask any questions, since that blog is all in Russian!