Welcome to our website.Beside general quilling information, quilling book info, etc. you will find details and news about the Dutch Quilling Guild.
Important announcement:

Due to changes in my personal circumstances I regret to inform you that I will not be able to maintain my website www.filigraan.nl much longer. Therefore I am very pleased that the Dutch Quilling Guild have decided to take over the website from January 2018. This way basic information about quilling and the Dutch Quilling Guild will still be available on the internet. From January 2018 the administration of my website will be delegated to the Filigraanvereniging (the Dutch Quilling Guild).

Finally I thank all national and international visitors for visiting my website and I wish you all happy quilling!

Have fun visiting this website! Please feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions with regard to the use of language or other quilling-related information.
Please click the subjects from the menu on the left. Under the "Articles in English"-button you will find all articles that have been translated so far. Please check again as I hope to add more translations soon.

The Dutch Quilling Guild is a national association which was founded in January 1989. In Dutch: Nederlandse Filigraan Vereniging.

Two times per year somewhere in the country an activity day is organized.

Members can display their quilling projects and it's possible to do some quilling yourself at the "do-table" and meet other quillers.

Some members will demonstrate their skills. At the various trade stands you may find the most beautiful colours of paperstrips, the latest quillingbooks and tools.

The Guilds magazine “Verdraaid” is published, in full colour, three times a year. The goal is to keep members posted on the latest quilling news and can only exist when members contribute by sharing their artwork and stories. All cards and other entries will be published sooner or later. Some of the designs in “Verdraaid” are just drawings to stimulate your fantasy and others have a detailed description. Furthermore you can read any recent information about the Guild and all details about future activity days and other events where the Guild presents itself with a stand. Also several sales addresses of quilling materials are mentioned.

The contribution for overseas membership of the Dutch Quilling Guild amounts to Euro 25,00 per year including Euro 2,00 registration fee (one time only). The association year runs from 1st July up to and including 30th June of the next year. For information concerning the membership you may contact Mrs. T. Arensman, e-mail:

Quilling is the art of rolling narrow paperstrips into coils which are then pushed or pinched into shape. By putting shapes together the most interesting designs may be created.

In the eighties paperquilling was introduced from America and gained a lot of interest. It´s a technique that´s suitable for all ages, young or old. A great many still find it a pleasant, inspiring and calming passtime. Once you´ve been infected with the `quilling virus`, it´s hard to get rid of it. Though quilling disappeared from the attention of the crowd and often also from the shelves of craft stores, there are still many enthousiastic quillers around.

In recent years quite a few new quilling shapes were invented and also other ways to use paperstrips were developed, sometimes using tools like onion holder, crimping tool etc.

In June 2006 a book `Quilling for cards` was published and showed numerous possibilities of just one quilling technique: huskings. In April 2007 the ”Mega Wenskaartenboek” (Mega Greetingcards book) was published, a joint publication of 8 Dutch authors. I was asked to write a new chapter about huskings, so again, I designed 20 colourful greetingcards using new husking patterns.

Quilling materials are still available through Quilling Guilds and their trading members. Also through the internet many quilling materials can be obtained.

Did you ever buy paperstrips or receive a packet of strips as a present and you just couldn’t figure out what to do with them?

Were you ever a “quillingqueen/king”, but it’s been a while and now you’re somewhat out of practice? I will show you some basic techniques, so you can soon start rolling again.

For every single quilling shape goes: the size of the quillingshape depends on the length of the paperstrip used. The longer the strip, the bigger the shape. I do realize that all over the world different names are being used for basic quilling shapes. I would like to make this list as complete as possible. And I could use your help to accomplish that. So if you know any other names for the shapes mentioned or if you have a better way of describing it, please let us know. Thank you for your help.

Various quilled and shaped coils (open and/or closed) make up your design. Mostly you will need short paperstrips of 10-12 cm or even shorter. Just adjust the length of the paperstrips to achieve the desired size of your design. The length of the paperstrips you buy doesn't really matter. There are so many different brands and they come in various lengths and widths. Just make sure you have enough strips of the colours you want to work with. The various widths of paperstrips available also make it possible to do more than just rolling with them. Other techniques are fringing, folding, winding and plaiting.

openWe start with basic open coils: Basics: loose coils / scrolls

Then we'll continue with basic closed loose coils: Basics: closed coils / scrolls

And finally we'll try: Huskings in Quilling for cards

Most books are all about quilling, but sometimes only just one chapter or tiny part of the content is dedicated to quilling, but still worthwhile.

I do my utmost to keep the list as complete as possible. Any books missing? Please email missing frontcovers and/or details of missing books to help me update the quilling book collection.

Three categories:

psned25 Dutch books (quilling only)
Wenskaartenboek Dutch books (various techniques, including quilling)
ps46 Books from all over the world