Monday, September 27, 2010
Ok- I promised that I would post some of my quilling designs. For those of you who do not know what quilling is, I will give you a brief history:WHAT IS QUILLING?
It is believed Quilling has been practiced since ancient Egyptian and/or 4th Century Grecian times. Although they obviously would not have used paper in the 4th century, it is believed the Greeks used thin metal wires to decorate containers, especially boxes, and Egyptian tombs have been found containing similar wire shapes akin to modern quilling.
During the Renaissance, Nuns and Monks picked up the art to decorate book covers and religious items. They used gilded paper strips in order to imitate the original metal wires. The name "Quilling" is said to be derived from the fact that the Nuns and Monks originally used feather quills as their tool to roll the paper. Later, the craft spread throughout Europe and to the Americas, where it was considered to be an appropriate hobby for the "Ladies of Leisure" of the time. Newspaper advertisements for some boarding schools in the American Colonies listed "Quill-Work" among the subjects taught.
For reasons that aren*t clear, paper Quilling popularity seems to have faded during the late 1800's. Not until the middle of this century did Quilling re-emerge. Today, thanks to the enthusiasm, knowledge, and skills of artists from around the world, this captivating paper art is back to stay.
I hope that you enjoy my quilling designs and I will add more as time allows.
I do make customized wedding announcements, baby announcements, name plaques, birth-verses,graduation announcements, invitations, etc. These can either be framed and matted complete, ready to hang or display with an easel, or just plain and you can choose the framing yourself. All you have to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you a quote....