- A piece of quilled lace or other fabric used as a trim.
- A type of ornamental craftwork involving the shaping of paper, fabric, or glass into delicate pleats or folds.
Well, no matter what meaning you choose, the end result reminds you of something delicate and beautiful. So now, you might be wondering, “How do you quill knowledge?” That is what our team at MyNextHire did. The first question to come up in your mind would be, “Aren’t workplaces for working?” “Yes, they are.” But when you work with a company, which encourages learning new things, it becomes a place where new hobbies (please read, knowledge) are shared, taught and learnt and each team member gets to take home something more than their paycheck. This time, it was how to create decorative pieces from quilling strips.
For those who are new to quilling, it is a paper filigree craft made using coloured paper strips of varying thickness and width. These strips of paper are curled, twisted, rolled, looped and manipulated using various tools to create shapes and designs. Most of the time, the craft is used to make decorative items, like wall hangings, greeting cards, mobile covers and even jewellery. It is also Pranjal Darandale’s hobby. A Software Testing Engineer at MyNextHire, she finds quilling creative and uses it to make decorative items. When it was her turn to lead a session at our “Continuous Learning” initiative, she chose this beautiful hobby as her topic.
We learnt how to roll these colourful strips of paper and then tease it to form shapes and make flowers and flower pots out of them. Pranjal used the slotting tool to make the shapes, but the team made them with the help of toothpicks. We used a variety of coloured paper strips to create miniature flowers and flower pots. Some of the flowers had petals of different colours, but the end result was a beautiful creation.
It was an interactive and innovative session, with the team members trying out new shapes and design. It also added a fun element as the team members vied with each other to see who made the best flower or design and proclaiming theirs as the best.
It was good to see how quickly everyone picked up the technique of quilling paper. For most of us, quilling paper art was something new but we are all fast learners here. The enthusiasm of learning a new craft was evident on everyone’s faces. By the time the session ended, we could roll the paper strips without the toothpicks!!
As they say, “Knowledge shared is knowledge gained.” And at this session, Pranjal shared her hobby of quilling to create a beautiful filigree of knowledge with each and every person who attended the session.