Sometimes, you just feel pulled to certain things. That’s the way I felt on Tuesday morning when I saw an open invitation on facebook to come and learn the art of quilling that night. Our leader was a young Turkish woman who is here in Poznan as part of a volunteer exchange program. Our focus was on creating art by recycling. Quilling is a centuries old practice of creating designs from rolled strips of paper. Originally done by French and Italian nuns in the 16th and 17th century, then taken up by genteel ladies, and now, those into ecology-minded handwork; the paper we used was recycled.
I must admit, the designs my co-crafters and I created were much simpler than the ones you’ll find on google, but who knows how elaborate my second project will be, now that I’m experienced. I will start collecting those colorful, glossy paper advertisements that Polish businesses are so fond of passing out of the streets, as in Las Vegas, but here they’re for more reputable establishments. These Polish ads will form the basis of my next project. I’ll keep you posted.
Want to give quilling a try? You can find thin strips of pre-cut colorful paper at some craft stores or on Amazon. You’ll find all kind of inspiration online, including some basic quilling shapes on YouTube.
Just as I felt compelled to join this group, today on Tłusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, the day that marks the beginning of the end of the Carnival season, all over Poland people will feel compelled to eat pączki (PONCH-kee), a very bready, scantily filled jelly doughnut. Yes, I realize my American taste in pastry is showing in my choice of words. 😉 While you can find a variety of fillings, the most traditional is a rose petal jam.