They continue to be used by today in the traditional method. Here is a look at the steps for this beautiful technique.
|Porcupine in nature (from Wikipedia Commons)|
|Sorted dyed quills|
|Soaked quills ready for design|
|First quill of the design|
|One end of quill trimmed|
|Second quill in place|
|Front of medallion with two quills in place|
|Trimming ends as they are added|
|Front of the medallion showing one egg almost finished|
|Starting the second egg|
|Two eggs completed|
|Using various colored quills to fashion a nest for the eggs|
|Completed medallion (worked by Naomi Smith)|
For more information on tradional quillwork check these websites - Nativetech, Crazy Cow and Wikipedia.
Quills can also be used as you would use a bugle bead. Here is set of earring fringed with quills.