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Quilling and Curling: An Art Form that Celebrates the Natural World

Quillwork is the art of curling small strips of paper into intricate coiled designs. It is an ancient art form first seen as metal filigree used to decorate Greek, Egyptian, and Etruscan tombs. Many centuries later, paper filigree became popular in Europe as an art form used in making framed coats of arms, portraits, and decorative shadow boxes. In colonial America coiling decorative paper was called “quillwork” because the shaft of a goose feather or “quill” was used as the tool to roll strips of paper. This spring we will be teaching the art of quilling at History Workshop. Come and join us to make a beautiful example of quillwork.  While you are quilling you can learn about the curving forms in the natural world: vines, leaves, flowers, and shells that inspired so much quillwork.