a brief history of paper


Emily’s Bites of Fun:
“It is amazing to me,” said Bingley, “how young ladies can have patience to be so very accomplished as they all are.”
“All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”
“Yes all of them, I think. They all paint tables, cover skreens, and net purses. I scarcely know any one who cannot do all this, and I am sure I never heard a young lady spoken of for the first time, without being informed that she was very accomplished.”
From Pride and Prejudice

One genteel pastime for young ladies in the late 18th and the first part of the 19th century was decorating objects with rolled paper.

Undecorated wooden frames were often sold for this purpose. Ladies then decorated the object with pieces of paper rolled and cut into different patterns. After being rolled up, the papers were cut in short lengths and glued to the wooden frame in a filigree pattern. The project might be finished by painting and gilding. Sometimes a focal point was created using a watercolour or print. Objects decorated in this way might include mirror frames, jewel boxes, tea caddies, and even a screen.

Similar results to rolled paper crafting can be created by experimenting in Quilling, an ancient art form that has been practiced since ancient Egyptian and/or 4th Century Grecian times. Although they obviously would not have used paper in the 4th century, it is believed the Greeks used thin metal wires to decorate containers, especially boxes, and Egyptian tombs have been found containing similar wire shapes akin to modern quilling.

During the Renaissance, nuns and monks picked up the art to decorate book covers and religious items. They used gilded paper strips in order to imitate the original metal wires. The name quilling is said to be derived from the fact that the nuns and monks originally used feather quills as their tool to roll the paper. Later, the craft spread throughout Europe and to the Americas.
(Used with permission from https://www.janeausten.co.uk/rolled-paper-crafting-and-quilling/ – Posted on June 20, 2011website  HERE.) 

A Note From Emily:
New Classes: Some new classes at “Camp Westfield” at Southcenter started July 27th from 10-11 am for ages 3 and up.  The first class was free and this is part of Westfield’s Summer Day Camp for kids.  I will be there for 4 more weeks on Thursdays teaching and having fun from 10-11.  Please contact Michelle Giles at 206.802.6048 for details on classes and any pricing that will happen after the first class.  New Classes at Vintage: September through November are booked at Vintage Vino & Espresso every 3rd Tuesday and Wednesday – Check my “Class” schedule starting in mid-August to sign up for those classes. Farmer’s Markets: My last market for the season will be on Wednesday, August 9th in Wallingford.  HERE is the info on the WFM.

The month of July is over and I wanted to say thank you to those who helped make it a success! In July alone: I taught 15 classes, 4 Farmers’ Markets, one full-weekend event, 4 different art displays, and provided 7 custom orders totaling 149 greeting cards, 51 wall hangings, 1 pair of earrings, and 1 mobile! Thank you!! On with August!

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