Quilling, also known as paper filigree, can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt. Intricate rolls of paper strips were used to decorate mummies’ coffins. Its popularity later spread to Europe during the Renaissance and was considered a favourite pastime among noblewomen. They would often adorn religious items and household objects with their delicate paper designs.
By the 18th century quilling had evolved into a widespread art form, with crafters creating ornate decoration for everything from pictures frames to tea caddies. Another resurgence of popularity during the Victorian era saw enthusiasts using quilling for greetings cards and keepsake boxes.
Quilling remains as popular as ever today, and is enjoyed by crafters of all ages.