I’d like to talk here briefly about ergonomics and quilling. Not taking care of your body when you quill can create some horrible consequences including not being able to ever quill again. As you create coils, take frequent breaks. Allow your hands to rest in a neutral position and after a few minutes stretch your hands. Close the hand and then open your fingers outstretched. Point them upward with your palm side down. Do this several times.

One of the things that happens when you quill is you will often forget the time. That’s when your body will forcibly remind you of your neglect. As soon as your hands start feeling tired, tingly, crampy, or in some other way feel uncomfortable your body is telling you to take a break. Put down your quilling. Get up, walk around. Put your hands in front of you and let them drop, then shake them. Open and close them several times, allowing your hands to stretch.

ALWAYS listen to your body. Too many people in our country court permanent painful disability because they refuse to listen to what their body is telling them. Many times I hear “I’m on a deadline to finish this job. I don’t have time to take a break. It’s been my experience that I am more productive when I take frequent breaks and I produce more then if I force my body to work nonstop.

I frequently stop quilling to not only stretch but to also do my yoga exercises. This is especially helpful if you’ve reached a place in the creative process where you’re stumped. Taking a 15 minute yoga break will often free your creative processes. It will also relax your hands, arms, neck, and back thus preventing damage. I often feel as though I’ve taken a 2 hour “Power Nap” and find that I can suddenly see what needs to be done!

Copyright © Gael and Charlotte Stubbs, “Quill-ability, Quilling despite Disability. A Quilling book for Quillers of all ages and abilities ©2005 All rights reserved

Gene and Charli are both experienced quillers who have a small online store named after their “Too Bad Dogs”. Both are dedicated to preserving vintage quilling items which are on display at their online store. Please feel free to visit the Vintage Quilling Gallery to view these wonderful items.

Gene, a skilled machinist and talented woodworker learned to quill so he could develop adaptive tools after Charli was injured and became disabled. Later, after requests for the tools by others, they decided to market the adaptive tools so others could again enjoy their hobbies. Gene continues to develop adaptive tools on his own. Requests for adaptive tools also come from a people disabled by injury or age who want to again pursue their craft.

Both live on a small ranch on the Western Slope of Colorado with their 3 dogs, their 4 cats, 2 tanks of fish and numerous wildlife who all know Charli is a soft touch. Gene already had 2 wonderful sons when he and Charli married. Both Tim and Matt are now grown and successful. Laura joined the family when she married Matt a few years ago.

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