I was born and have lived in East Yorkshire virtually all my life.  I had worked as a teacher for nine years when, in 1981, my husband, Paul, brought home a book from the library, and my fascination with quilling began.  Since then, I have taught in Adult Education and private classes, and in workshops nationwide.

In 1982, Paul and I started a small business, making and selling paper strips and designs for quilling.  The business expanded to sell books, kits and DVDs throughout the world.  Although we have retired from the business, I still write and publish books on quilling and run classes and workshops.

I was a founder member of The Quilling Guild and was made Honorary Vice President for my work for the Guild.  I have two daughters, Cate and Jo, who are, themselves, accomplished quillers.  I am happiest at home, designing new patterns and ways to quill.

13 Responses to ABOUT ME

  1. Penny Gower says:

    Hello Jane,

    Help! Please.

    I’ve been quilling, on and off, for some years now, and have several of your books which I find essential for inspiration and very helpful, full of tips and techniques. I have also ordered quilling strips and some tools from you online.

    I make quilled watches – that is I buy “paintable watches”, quill designs on the faces before sluing the glass front on, and sell them or give them as presents. However, I am having a lot of trouble finding the watch blanks. My only source at the moment is a lady in Singapore whom I met on the Flickr site. Most of the watches I buy from her are fine, but I have had a few “duds” which is no good when I want to sell the final result – she’s very helpful, and will usually send me replacements, but all this takes a long time, and I would love to find a supplier closer to home. Are you able to suggest a supplier of these watch blanks for me? Is there anywhere in the UK that does them? I’ve searched the web, and found an American site, but would like to know if you have any better ideas.

    Many thanks,


  2. Hi Penny, I have just read your little problem about watches. I got mien through Creative Quilling (www.creativequilling.com.au), the only problem is the postage, it is a little expensive I paid around $12.00 but I find it was worth it. Do you have a flee market, we have one here in Basel and there is a family that sell all the odd ends that make up a watch. I bye the empty pocket watches and place my Quilling. they look really great and I have sold many of them. If there is any way I could help you just let me know. best wishes Sheila

  3. Penny Gower says:

    Hi Sheila, thank you for all that information. I will have to check flea markets, as it would be nice to have a variety of styles. Are Creative Quilling based in the States? I will try them, although I find many US companies won’t despatch goods to Greece. Both your suggestions are very helpful. Thank you.


  4. Hi Penny no Creative Quilling is in Australia, I am sure they would send you things from there. Just check them out. If you go into my web http://www.paperart-sheila.ch you can see some of the pocket watches I did, Have you check with amerzon, Here is another firm that has watches.
    http://www.CustomQuilling.com, you have to scroll down till the bottom they cost 23.99 each. Let me know how you get on, if it is allowed here is my e-mail skelton.sheila@bluewin.ch good luck have a great Sunday Sheila

  5. Hello Penny you could also look at Meher Crafts in India that is a supplier of different quilling materials that I found on facebook. Greetings Anneke Groenendijk – http://www.HobbyHanden.eu

  6. Penny says:

    Thank you, Anneke. I will have a look at that site. Best wishes, Penny

  7. Clare says:


    Are you running any daytime workshops ?

  8. Hi Jane
    I am so thrilled to find you on WordPress. I just finished some butterflies which I saw in your quilling book, and was posting it on my WordPress, and wanted to link it to your book, and found you are on WordPress too.

    Just wanted to say yours is our favourite Quilling book – love your philosophy and respect for the materials. I started out quilling (we have been playing with it for about a week now) with a quilling needle, but after trying out your technique, work with my fingers now.

    Thank you for being an inspiration.


  9. Nicola says:

    Hello Jane,

    I am so happy I have found you and your books as I have recently begun my quest into the quilling world. I have discovered three dimensional quilling (I never even knew there was such a thing!) and I’m totally addicted so I recently bought your lovely book about making 3d characters. I would love to see more books about 3d quilling as I find it fascinating what people have created with these techniques. I really love creating animals but I do not have the skills yet to act on all my ideas. If you do decide to make another book please make it about quilling three dimensional animals.
    Thank you for being so inspirational and keep up the good work!

    Best wishes,


  10. Thanks, Nicola. Glad you’re enjoying quilling. Jane has recorded a series of videos about different quilling techniques and further ones are planned, possibly including 3D figures. They are available to members of The Quilling Guild on the Members Only Blog. You also have tips and articles on the blog, and a chance to see other members’ work from many countries, and send pictures of your own. It’s cheap and easy to join – details at http://www.quilling-guild.co.uk/membership.
    Regards, Paul (for Jane)

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