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I am a SAHM of four children ranging in age from 4 to 13. We are expecting our 5th child in February. When I'm not busy with my children, I quill. I was first introduced to quilling in 2005 at a church enrichment activity. When I saw it, I thought, "That's cute, but I'll never do it." Then one of my friends who was also at that activity came to my house a few weeks later and showed me some snowflake ornaments she was quilling for her Christmas tree. I saw them and changed my tune immediately. My passion for quilling was born when we sat around the table and worked on snowflakes together. I've since learned that quilling is a wonderful medium for art and definitely my favorite!!!
The history of paper filigree is difficult to pin down. Though speculation abounds about the earliest paper quillers and their materials, there is little definitive evidence. Knowing the creativeness of human nature, it seems likely that the art of rolling, folding, crimping and shaping paper strips would occur fairly quickly after the invention of paper....The earliest piece of preserved paper filigree pictured by my [Paula's] sources (Florian Papp and Christy/Tracy ) was created in the 1600’s, but Christy/Tracy also noted references to pre-17th century work given in books written in the 1800’s. ---Used with permission from Paula Bauer at Gem State Quilling.
You can read more about the history of paper quilling at the Gem State Quilling website. It is the best article of the history of paper quilling I have read to date. And, if you're into paper quilling like me, it's really quite interesting.
Paula also has some fun quilling trivia on her website. Did you know that the Bronte sisters were quillers? Very cool!