Early American Paper Quilling from Home Education Magazine’s Hands-On Learning Columnist- Kathy Ceceri
“Back in Colonial America, hobbies were serious business. Whether they were taught at home or at school, girls were expected to learn their own kind of three “R’s”: refinements, recreations, and reading novels. As author Felice Hodges writes in her interesting book Period Pastimes: A Practical Guide to Four Centuries of Decorative Crafts, the well-bred daughters of New England’s wealthiest families didn’t cook and clean; they had servants to do that. And they certainly didn’t go out and get jobs – attracting a husband was supposed to be their main occupation. Instead, these ladies of leisure filled their days dabbling in “the pretty arts,” such as needlework, music, dancing and watercolor painting. One of the most popular hobbies of the time was “quilling,” the art of making designs using curled-up strips of paper.”
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