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Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Joy of Quilling

This Discovered Treasure introduces us to another ancient art form sometimes called paper twirling. Have you ever rolled up your straw wrapper at a restaurant while waiting for your order to arrive? Quilling is the art of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper then arranging them artistically. You probably weren't very impressed with your straw wrapper, but joanscrafts on etsy has definitely been rolling and shaping up a creative storm with impressive results.

After nearly 30 years of quilling experience, Joan still loves what she does, and this joy is apparent in the wide range of colorful creations available in her shop. There are eye-catching greeting cards and a line of masterfully crafted shadow boxes that ensure her striking art pieces will be proudly displayed for many years to come. A love of birds and butterflies has inspired her to create colorful and delicately winged creatures, each individually boxed and ready to be given as charming gifts. Her exceptionally crafted Christmas ornaments include a line of fabulous snowflakes.

Joan twirls her paper arts in Pennsylvania and ships internationally. If you have an idea for a special piece, please contact her. She will be very happy to work with you on a custom order. Joan will be creatively quilling for many years to come. What will she quill up next?


  1. Wow- what intricate work! Beautiful!

  2. Beautiful. Quilling is a beautiful craft. Really talented.

  3. Gorgeous work. I'm so impressed by what can be done with quilling. You might be interested in Yulia Brodskaya's work with quilling, it's gorgeous. http://www.artyulia.com/index.php/Illustration

  4. I saw a "simple" quilled card once at a store, and I thought to myself, "You can totally do that yourself," but I quickly realized its harder than it looks, and this looks pretty complex. And its really pretty too :)

  5. Thank you Melody. What wonderful color and movement in her PAPERgraphics! The creative energy in the artisan community is awesome.

    That is so right Megana. I thought it looked easy too, until I really looked at it.

    Remember, we all have our gifted talents, and as we develop our skills, each of us can make wonderful works of art.

  6. They say we learn something new every day, so I have learned todays lesson. I didn't know what quilling was until now. Thanks!

  7. Wow, I never knew what quilling was before reading this. Amazing!

    I'm your newest follower from the Thursday Blog Hop!


  8. wow i love the bird! i used to do this as a kid, although i was nowhere near as good :)

    thanks for following me and joining in my long weekend blog hop! I'm following :)

    Best wishes!

    Nay x

    Moonangelnay Handmade Blog

  9. I didn't know what quilling was either. It's extraordinary. Her work is lovely. Very

  10. These are fantastic! I'm sure it takes a lot of patience and artistic skill. I really admire those artists!