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"Although its exact origins are a mystery the art of quilling is thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt...During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. The paper most commonly used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded paper strips were then rolled to create the quilled shapes.


Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day. In the 18th century, quilling became popular in Europe where gentle ladies of quality ("ladies of leisure") practiced the art. It was one of the few things ladies could do that was thought not too taxing for their minds or gentle dispositions. Quilling also spread to the Americas and there are a few examples from Colonial times".


“Designer Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) is said to have been the first designer label with his signature in his creations. Early in the twentieth century, designers such as Poirot, Chanel, Lanvin and Vionnet used their labels as a means of branding their garments and protecting their designs, and the use of the label as a brand marker as continued ever since. Some labels are also used to define authenticity, with elements like number sequences or holograms offering the buyer assurance that the item is not a counterfeit copy. Labels can also serve to fill regulatory requirements in terms of defining textile content, size, care requirements, and origin…Labels or marks of ownership come in different forms, and occasionally, one might find the name of the owner embroidered or handwritten in a garment.” P55 The Dress Detective by Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim

Commissions - Paper Quilling

The House of Embroidered Paper uses this intricate historic craft to decorate the surfaces of the pieces in its collections and to create the structure of 3-dimensional works. 


You can commission the creation of a beautiful, bespoke work of rolled paper art. 

 During your design consultation we will discuss: preferred colour palette; shape; size; design style; cost. Then The House of Embroidered Paper will tailor something unique for you to present as a gift or display

in your home.

Unframed, framed for hanging or in a beautiful free-standing display, a quilled design presents a unique

decorative feature.

Please note - unframed pieces will arrive displayed on a board of a colour and style previously agreed upon appropriate for future framing. Bespoke frames will require a separate lead time and are produced for The House of Embroidered Paper by Orchard framing, Horam

All commissions priced on application.

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Hand-made free-standing bespoke frame

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