Quillers from around the world show off their work at Dereham

PUBLISHED: 18:34 21 September 2014 | UPDATED: 18:34 21 September 2014

Quilling exhibition, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Quilling exhibition, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

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Artists from around the world came together to show off their work in an unusual art form.

Maureen Scott at the Quilling exhibition, Dereham. Picture: Ian BurtMaureen Scott at the Quilling exhibition, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

The Quilling Guild held its annual general meeting and display at Dereham’s Neatherd High School on Saturday.

Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is an art form which involves using strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued together.

More than 100 came to admire the pieces on show and to take part in the competition as well as catching up with old friends.

The event was organised by Angela Herring who has been quilling for many years.

Farah Al-Fardh at the Quilling exhibition, Dereham. Picture: Ian BurtFarah Al-Fardh at the Quilling exhibition, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

She said: “It is a very cheap craft to pick up. You only need some paper and some glue.

“Like any craft you can buy more equipment and attempt more complex techniques if you want to but it is easy to get started.”

The guild has members in Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and quillers travelled from as far away as Australia with their creations.

While often quilling designs are placed on card or on a box some people make three dimensional pieces.

Among those on display were an Eddie Stobart lorry, some cup cakes and a birdcage complete with canary. Mrs Herring said: “It really goes back to nunneries where they would guild religious icons using paper because they could not afford gold.

“Over at Peterborough there was a Napoleonic prisoner of war camp where the inmates would create pieces to sell.

“The Brontes were actually involved in quilling as well.”

While it may have slipped off the radar in England quilling is popular in other countries particularly Japan and Holland.

The guild also offers accreditation for members who have reached a required standard.

Mrs Herring added: “Each year when we get together it is like no time has passed.

“Everyone is so friendly and we even have people who don’t quill themselves come along to join in and see everyone.”

As part of the day there were craft stalls selling materials as well as demonstrations of techniques.

If you would like to find out more about quilling you can contact Mrs Herring through craft shop Bead This Craft That by calling 01362696943.

Do you take part in an unusual hobby? Write to Doug Faulkner at

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