For Jennifer Grabowski, her love of quilling started as a gift of a quilled magnet at a craft fair from a cousin.
It flourished into a full-on hobby over the last several months when she saw quilling supplies on sale at A.C. Moore. And in October, she began to sell her work on Etsy.com with a shop called Quills4Thrills.
What is quilling, you ask? Some will call it "the art of paper filigree," "paper scrolling," or "paper mosaic." How it's done: thin strips of paper are twirled into decorative shapes and designs. According to ArtisticQuills.com, the art originated in Europe and dates back centuries; like needlework, quilling was taught to affluent young ladies during the Victorian era.
"It’s one of those hidden gems," said Grabowski, 27, of East Setauket, who works in a Hauppauge law firm as a paralegal.
She said she the finds the art therapeutic. "It’s definitely a way to clear your mind. You just sit and twirl," she said. "It’s something that I started to clear my head and get me through a rough point."
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