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Nature Inspires: The Art of Quilling

Our Nature Inspires series at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center continues on November 29 at 2 p.m., when Audrey Scruton, Oswego County artist, will instruct a class on the Art of Quilling.

Quilling or paper filigree is the art form of cutting and rolling narrow strips of paper into coils of several sizes to create designs.

Strips of paper are curled, twisted and manipulated by fingers or tools.

The process, which dates back to at least the 13th Century, originated with religious orders who used the gilded edges of old manuscripts to decorate religious artifacts.

It is believed the paper was curled around the base of a quill (or feather), hence the name quilling. Today, this art form is resurging in popularity with some modern day techniques and tools.

Guest artist, Scruton, a resident of Oswego, and owner of Audrey Elizabeth Creations, began quilling in elementary school when she first created a flower magnet for her grandma.

Repairing that magnet in February 2014 reignited her passion for the old art. Since then, she has gone on to do craft shows, as well as teach classes at the Oswego Public Library.

In August 2015, sheAudrey became a member of the North American Quilling Guild.

Registration for this workshop is $24, and attendees will be provided all supplies and tools, which they will keep.

Advance registration is required since seating is limited.

To register for this program or for more information about the center and other programs, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286.

Nature Inspires is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183 in Amboy, between routes 69 and 13 near Williamstown in eastern Oswego County.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities,
and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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  1. That is cool that she first learned quilling in school and got back into it many years later. I used to teach an after school paper quilling class. I’d like to think some of my students went on to continue quilling as well, or will pick it up again someday!

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