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History of Quilling
Quilling is also known as paper filigree, paper rolling, mosaic or paper folding(even though it is not really folded, it is curled). Although the origins of quillingare not recorded, some think it began just after the invention of paper, in China in 105AD.
Other sources state that quilling was practiced in ancient Egypt . one thing is certain, is has a rich history, and has been around for some time!
It is believed that in the 300s and 400s, silver and gold wire was quilled around pillars and vases, and beautiful jewelery was made using this technique. By the 1200s, this hobby was quite popular. Known as metal filigree, as materials became scarce and unobtainable to the lay person, it changed to paper filigree as paper was used. Many argue about where quillingoriginated, with many laying claim to it beginning in various countries. At least it would appear that quilling has a multicultural start in life!
Quilling is certainly documented from the 1200s, but it really came into its own in the 1500s and 1600s, when French and Italian nuns used the torn edges from guilt-edged bibles and goose feathers to quill and decorate religious articles and pictures. The use of goose feathers gave rise to the term .quilling.. The nuns (and, some believe, monks) quilled to replicate the more expensive intricacies of wrought iron or carved ivory, and if they couldn.t use gold or silver they used paper, then guilded the finished work.
Genteel women quilled in the late 1600s and early 1700s (the .Stuart. period), and history details quilling as becoming even more popular from the early 1700s to the early 1800s (the .Georgian. period) in Europe and England.Quilling was seen as a .proper. hobby for young ladies to take up . they were taught quilling along with needle point. Schools of the time advertised quillingas one of their classes, and examples of quilled work still exist, with the date and the name of the school girl and school pencilled on the back. It was certainly still popular in the early 1800s (the .Regency. period), but its popularity waned in the late 1800s. An attempt to re-introduce it was made in the late 1800s, but this was not too successful.