Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that uses strips of paper rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs. This type of art work is similar to Iron Work.
French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate religious items and book covers. They would cut the gold gilded page edges off into thin strips and roll them into intricated shapes and designs.
This craft has gone through many transformations throughout the ages. New styles, techniques and materials have been introduced.
Some objects have hundreds of tiny pieces intricately placed together and can take hours to complete...sometimes days!