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Quilling

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Quilling is the art of creating decorative designs from thin strips of curled paper. Using simple tools, long strips of paper are tightly wound and released to form complex shapes. Also called paper filligree, the art has been practiced since the Renaissance.

Paper strips are typically cut into strips of approximately 5mm (1/8"). A combination of tight winding, curling, creasing and gluing are used to form the designs.

Nuns created this paper "filigrie".

The following information is quoted from: http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/pa_techniques/article/0,2025,DIY_14159_2270974,00.html

"The art of paper quilling dates back three or four centuries to a time when nuns used the gold edges trimmed from Bible pages to create simple but beautiful works of artistry. The scraps of paper were wrapped around goose quills to create coiled shapes -- hence the name "quilling."


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