December 12, 2009


This past summer, I discovered quilling while meandering through Hobby Lobby looking for something new to do. I was in a creative fog and my normal crocheting/sewing/photography-self just wasn't excited by anything. Nothing at all. I needed a challenge.

Knowing nothing about quilling, I bought some strips of paper, found a toothpick to wrap paper around and within minutes I made this to thank a friend for her hospitality:

Now I'm hooked! The first ever quilled works came from England hundreds of years ago. Book binders would trim off some of the guilded paper and artisans would quill the scraps (by wrapping the paper around--you guessed it!--quills) to decorate the covers of the books.

I, however don't have fancy gold-edged paper, but I did quill hair barrettes for the girls' Christmas pageant attire from my overflowing stash of scrapbook papers:

The snowflake ornament nicely decorates the tree, too:
The best thing about this craft is that the girls quill alongside me. Every evening we twist and twirl paper into ornaments and snowflakes.

These are Kenna's creations:

The bad thing about this craft is that it isn't Micah-friendly (this was a Christmas tree):
So we usually wait until our resident tornado has gone to bed before we break out the quilling supplies. The girls and I enjoy gathering 'round the table, crafting and chatting. With no expectations, each piece is lovingly handmade and always perfect. It's Christmas memories in the making.

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Ann Martin said...

I love what you've quilled; you're a natural at it! How nice you and the girls have a hobby to work on together too. I think quilling is great as it's one of those things that nearly all ages can enjoy.

The Unsell Family said...

I love your blog Melinda! How did you get your titles across the top of the page? I am on blogger but haven't seen a way to do that.

Susan said...

Melinda- you are so talented. Every time I read that you have learned a new craft, I am just in awe of your creativity and I'm really wondering when we can do a craft ladies night.

Amanda said...

Those are so beautiful!! How do you get them to stay put and not unravel?

You should do a tutorial post; that would be really interesting to learn.