How to Paper Quill

My family on my mother’s side has a long history of crafters, artists, quilters, sewists, and the like. 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that learning how to do paper quilling was part of my life. My grandmother had some old quilling supplies in her attic that I found as a teen, and she proceeded to teach me how to paper quill.

What is quilling?

Quilling is a paper art form. Using strips of paper, the artist rolls, shapes and glues these strips to create a picture or design.

It begins with rolling the strips into coils of different tightness, then manipulating the coils into different shapes. The various quilling shapes are then glued together to create 3D art.

History of Quilling

Many nationalities claim that quilling originated long ago in their respective countries. However, the true origin of quilling is not known. 

It is speculated that it began with the invention of paper in China around 100 AD or perhaps in Egypt where some tombs contained coiled wire shapes that are very similar to the shapes of quilling seen today.

It is known that ancient Greeks used thin wires made of metal that were coiled around vases, boxes, pillars and containers as a decorative art in 300 AD.

Quilled religious items have been found upon excavation of  homes and places of worship across Europe, which were estimated to be made during the medieval time period. 

The most interesting record of quilling may be that of French and Italian nuns who used the gilded edges torn from pages of Holy books to wrap around goose quills. 

They created coiled shapes with the golden edges for decoration and to make holy pictures between the 1200s to the 1600s.

Because they wrapped the thin strips around goose quills, the art became known as quilling.

What are some quilling paper crafts?

Some quilling craft ideas are making:

  • Greeting cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Picture frames
  • Place cards
  • Jewelry

There are many different quilling paper crafts to be found on our Free Paper Quilling Patterns and Ideas page.

To learn how to quill, scroll down for excellent video tutorials, books, quilling supplies, and written directions.

Start now to learn how to do paper quilling.  Be sure to take a look at our page showing quilling tools and supplies .

Quilling is a beautiful art form to learn and enjoy! 

How to Paper Quill

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10 Quilling Techniques Every Quiller Should Know

10 hacks to make paper quilling easier, faster and more fun. Craftsy

Basic Quilling Shapes

Here is a guide for beginners to learn to create the 20 best basic quilling shapes guide includes the easiest and basic shapes. You can create many quilling projects using these basic shapes. Craftyity

Beehive Quilling Technique

Quilling paper artists are using the beehive quilling technique to fill in large areas. Here is a tutorial on this technique. The Paper Craftery

Beginner Quilling Video Tutorials

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DIY Greeting Card with Quilling

Use this tutorial as inspiration to make quilling cards. Instructables

DIY Quilling Tool

DIY Quilling Tool

Why wait to buy a quilling tool when you can make one in under 5 minutes with a few everyday items? Learn how to make your own quilling tool by reading this article. Birdz Of A Feather

Guild - North America Quilling Guild

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Guild - Quilling Guild

The Guild, formed in 1983, aims to promote the art of quilling and the knowledge of quill work. To learn more, visit the website. Quilling Guild

How to Do Quilling

Ten step tutorial with pictures. WikiHow

Introduction to Paper Quilling

Introduction to Paper Quilling

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Malaysian Flower

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Paper Quilling Comb Patterns

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Paper Quilling Comb Technique

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Paper Quilling Instructions

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Paper Quilling Strips in 2 Minutes

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Paper Quilling Tips for Beginners

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Quilled Card

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Quilled Duckling

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Quilling Paper Strips Tutorial

On this blog learn how to cut your own quilling strips. Craftsy

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Quilling Shapes and Tools

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