Although our lives are dominated by technology, so that many things we do not have to do ourselves, handicrafts are experiencing a renaissance, and many knitting techniques come back to us from the past.
This is exactly the case with quilling or paper filigree – a papermaking technique that was born in Europe as early as in the fifteenth century. According to legend, monks from the Mediterranean Sea used to cut golden edges from the pages of books and twist them in a fanciful way to create ornaments for temples.
Quilling literally means “to wind on a feather or tube,” and owes its name to the bird feathers whose tips were used to twist the various elements of a piece. Today, this technique is becoming increasingly popular with people who want to do something creative and imaginative.
Quilling is the art of creating volumetric or flat products from long narrow strips of paper twisted into spirals (also called modules, rolls).
Like any other knitting technique, this one also requires the right tools and materials to work with. You will need:
There are two main trends in the art of quilling: the Korean (Eastern) and European school. The first is characterized by complex volumetric compositions, consisting of many small details. All elements are always made by hand, without tools, and combined into a single pattern. European craftsmen usually use a special awl and templates to twist paper modules-roles. The compositions are usually simple and consist of a small number of elements.
Depending on the working technique used, there are several types of quilling:
You can twist anything from simple children’s toys to complex artistic compositions out of strips of paper. So what can you do using the quilling technique:
Quilling has a positive effect on the development of hand motor skills – a great benefit for both children and the elderly. In addition, it helps to exercise concentration and attention. At the same time, it is a handicraft that does not require a lot of money, and allows you to create unusual and delightful works.
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