“The effect…of beautiful objects, or variety of objects, & especially of brilliancy of colours is hardly at all appreciated…People say the effect is on the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body, too. Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, colour, by light, we do know this, that they have a physical effect. Variety of form & brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to patients are actual means of recovery.”

- Florence Nightingale, from Notes on Nursing 1859

Included in an All Party Parliamentary report Group on Arts, health & Wellbeing Creative Health: The Arts for Health & Wellbeing 2017



Workshops 2021

Stephanie will be running workshops at

Firle Place in May 2021


Worthing Museum:

in the Summer 2021

to book contact: worthingmuseum.co.uk

dates tbc

and at

Chertsey Museum:

in the Autumn 2021

to book contact: chertseymuseum.org

dates tbc

 This programme is being arranged please check back, more information and booking details will become available shortly.


Bonnet fr0m The Regency Wardrobe Collection

Please note all workshops due to take place in 2020 have been postponed due to the national situation concerning Coronavirus, please check back for updates or click 'Contact' above to write to The House of Embroidered Paper.


Beginners - 2-dimensional creative paper quilling

Stephanie first learnt paper quilling when she was 13. Returning to it as an adult she has adapted the technique to stunning effect, applying it both as a means of surface decoration and decorative structure in her work as a fine artist, producing garments from paper and thread.

Come and learn the basics of paper quilling in this introductory class. Stephanie will show you how to produce a range of shapes which you will then apply to produce a beautiful 2-dimensional design. No previous experience needed. All tools and materials supplied.

Beginners and Advanced- 3-dimensional creative paper quilling


Paper quilling was a popular pastime in the Georgian and Regency periods when it was used to decorate three-dimensional surfaces including pieces of furniture. Come back after the beginners class in order to see what you can achieve by using this intriguing technique to decorate or create three-dimensional surfaces. This class is also open to beginners with ambition.

Past community projects

Images from a quilling workshop delivered at Danny House, Sussex for the retired residents and staff

Images of thebigdraw.org workshops, using paper and recycled fabric;

designed and delivered for the community and visitors of Chichester Cathedral


photography by Matthew Andrews

#myGreatArt #ArtsCounclEngland #TextileSociety

All images on this site © Stephanie Smart 2017 / Call 07899 074294



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