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Straw Quilling

egg2Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled tightly and then loosened a little and shaped to form an image, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The technique has been masterfully applied to straw.

Though few artists accomplish this in straw, the below images illustrate the use of  straw quilling:

Quilled straw brooch, Veronica Main

Royal Brooch designed by Veronica Main


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Chaos Theory designed by Carol Thompson, USA

To assist you, our Straw Shop Splitter Set will provide you with a variety of widths of straw to quill with.  The use of the various sizes of split straw will add dimension to your work.    The tools used to quill paper are interchangeable with using straw.

American artist, Kathy Dailey, has shared the following two images:

Straw Quilled Tea Box by Kathy Dailey



Serbian artists Mirjana & Edvard Kirbus have included  straw quilled eggs to their portfolio of works. Thin splits of straw have been softened and wound in traditional quilling  method.

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Straw quilled egg by Mirjiana Kirbus


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Mirjana and Edvard Kirbus Serbia


Quilled eggs by Edvard and Marijana Kirbus Serbia

Edvard and Marijana Kirbus Serbia

Again from the USA, artist Carol Thompson created her Tree of  Life.

Quilled straw Tree of Life by Carol Thompson USA, photo courtesy California Straw Arts Guild

Quilled straw Tree of Life by Carol Thompson USA, photo courtesy California Straw Arts Guild


The possibilities with flattened straw and quilling are endless but where to begin?

Quilling is easily adapted to straw.  In fact, many  paper quilling artists already use straw methods in their work.  Such as:

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Utilizing Swiss straw techniques by paper quillers-courtesy of

Straw quilling is a beautiful ,unique and almost unknown art form.