Living History Series: Quilling Workshop

Quilling Workshop

Saturday, September 20, 2016 at 10 am

Materials Fee: $20

As part of the Beaufort Historic Site’s Living History series, Gigi Koehler will conduct a Quilling workshop at the Site’s Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 am.  Quilled creations have become increasingly popular as decorations for wedding invitations, birth announcements, greeting cards, scrapbook pages and decorative boxes.

Quilling, or paper filigree, is the art of rolling thin strips of paper, then bending and molding them into shapes to form a design.  This intricate art was done as far back as the 4th and 5th centuries in various parts of Europe and can be found on ancient pillars, vases and tombs in fine gold and silver wire. Around the 13th century, similar ornamental work became popular in Spain, Italy and France, where artists were using strips of paper and gilding them to resemble precious metals – fooling even experts at first glance.

However, it was nuns and monks who established the current name of “quilling” by wrapping paper around bare bird quills to decorate religious articles. With the rebirth of interests in art, learning and development of trade in the 17th century, the art of quilling spread throughout Europe and into colonial America.

All are invited to the Beaufort Historic Site for the quilling workshop. For information on this stop by the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street, call 252-728-5225, or visit