The story starts in 1973.
My husband Don and I got married in June and moved to a small town in New Hampshire. I received a wedding invitation from a college friend and decided I wanted to frame it and embellish it with quilled flowers. I went to the local craft shop and picked up the quilling paper and glue and off I went home.
I spent many days wrapping narrow strips of paper around and pin and making flowers and gluing them to the velvet to which I had attached the invitation. I then finished is off with a deep frame and glass. The lady at the craft shop was so helpful that I went back and showed her my work. She looked closely at the quilling and said "there is a quilling tool for that". I immediately gave her my 99 cents and went home. The quilling was so easy with the slotted tool, as the slot holds the end of the paper so you can roll the tool and quickly wrap the paper. Quickly compared to rolling around a pin, that is.
Well, I was in love with quilling.
Within the year I was rolling up a storm and off to do my first craft fair, where my biggest seller was a little soldier ornament which I sold for $1.00. I also had slices of oak trees that my husband had cut for me, I had sanded and finished with poly. They made great backgrounds for cute little bees and floral arrangements.
My beginnings in quilling long ago...and I am still in love with the process. Maybe I'm just in love with paper and all its glory.
And I am still in love with the quilled wedding invitation keepsakes.
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Sandra J White
Quilling, the art of paper filigree, is my passion, since 1973.