Charmayne's Quilling and Curly Cues


Welcome to my quilling page!

Quilling is the centuries old art of rolling thin strips of paper into coils and rolls, sometimes loose, sometimes tight, sometimes glued, sometimes not. They are formed into various shapes and arranged into beautiful pieces of art.

Quilling, or paper filigree, once was used by the nuns in the 1500's and 1600's to decorate religious articles. If a church could not afford gold and silver scrollwork, gilded paper filigree could be used in it's place. The ladies of leisure living in the Stuart, Georgian, and Regency periods all created works of art. They decorated tea caddies, screens, and frames, etc., and worked their Coats of Arms. In the late 1800's, during Queen Victoria's reign, a gentleman named William Bemrose tried to revive paper filigree with his Mosaicon kit. Quilling came to our shores with the early settlers. Paper filigree lost it's popularity here in the United States for awhile. But in the 1970's there was a renewed interest. That popularity slowly grew and is strong today. Once again, Quillers make beautiful works of framed artwork, as well as simple gift tags, flowers for vases, greeting cards, decorated wood or cardboard boxes and recycled CD's, 3-D children, fairies, and cartoon characters plus eggs, castles, garden scenes, and tea cups. The list could go on... The sky has become the limit!

I first quilled in the 1990's for a short time. I joined The Quilling Guild, became totally fascinated by this gorgeous craft, made a few snowflakes, and earrings, even decorated a box or two for the snowflakes.  When other aspects of my life took precedence, my quilling books and paper were put away, but, thank goodness, not given away! And now, after a long pause of years, I have started quilling again. My mid-1990's attempt used the books from the 1970's where I learned from wonderful quillers. Thanks goes to those ladies for working so hard to keep our craft alive in the USA. Today with the Internet and the resurgence of popularity in quilling, we can find videos, tutorials, clubs, guilds, millions of photographs, probably hundreds of books, on-line supply sources, and sample charts of the quilled shapes and official names.

I am trying to take pictures of what I make. This web page was created for my friend Fran. She became interested in quilling but was too far away for me to easily share what I was doing. Enjoy my photos, copy if you want. I would love to hear from you!

 Updated this year:  
                               My daisy flower bouquet is in 3D projects.
                               Greeting Cards                             
                               Framed pictures                            
                               3d projects and miscellaneous projects have been split into 2 pages. I added my footballer and Vikings to the 3D page.    
                               Christmas: 2017 quilled Spritz Christmas cookies and 2018 Christmas quilling items
                               Angels: A pair of angels I made in 2017 with crimped skirts.
                               Snowflakes:  Pink snowflakes made in 2017.  A few snowflakes from 2018.

                 I have quilled so much the past couple of years but not updated my web page. I am catching up!

  Arden's Beetle Mosaic   Heart Tree Mosaics    

       Stars      Angels        Christmas  

Jewelry         Quilled Recycling        

           Snowflakes      Giant Snowflakes        
Boxes and Containers    Tiny flower pots

Cupcake project       Framed Pictures   

Re-purposed CD's and DVD's

Greeting Cards      Easter      Finger Puppets

Miscellaneous projects       3d projects  

Old newspaper article by Ralph and Terry Kovel

Links to videos I have found helpful and other quilling sites.

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