Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Quilling with the elderly

I'm so proud of the quilling done recently by my enthusiastic 'students' who live in an elderly care home! All aged in their 80s and 90s, and all suffering from varying degrees of dementia (plus some physical disabilities), they nevertheless managed to produce some lovely quilled snowflakes, baubles and stars to decorate these Christmas trees!

I love working with the elderly ... and they all absolutely love quilling! Because they find it rather difficult to manipulate coils, I generally take a lot of pre-rolled coils with me, in varying colours, so that all they have to do is press the coils into different shapes. Then I can help them with assembling things like snowflakes, and with gluing their quilled shapes down onto a background. Many of them have very clear ideas about where they want their quilled pieces to go ... and I think that, after this particular workshop, we ended up with some lovely Christmas designs!

Now we're already thinking ahead towards quilling some Easter chickens!!


  1. Congratulations, Philippa! Very nice work done with the elderly! Merry Christmas!

  2. Wow...Thats really great...Hope u had great time..

  3. How easy it is to cheer people and give them a bit of joy! Congratulations for your kindness and efforts.

  4. that is so sweet of you, I can see the smiles on there faces while creating there master pieces !!!!!

  5. That is wonderful! Sounds like you had a great time, I will have to remember your tip about the pre-rolled coils. My sister-in-law is currently working with the elderly and we've talked about possibly teaching a class in the spring, so this is helpful!
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  6. This is really meaningful act! And honestly I believe if you move your fingers a lot, it somehow 'connects' to the brain - you get to exercise the brain too.



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