Quilling was never a pastime for working-class women. Instead, it flourished among the ladies of leisure in the upper classes, where it was used to decorate screens, cabinets, frames, tea caddies, cribbage boards, wine coasters, work baskets and work boxes, urns and even furniture over time. Only those with money could afford to purchase the supplies needed to quill . foil, mica or flaked shell were often used as backgrounds. And only the upper class ladies had time to quill . not needing to work, only filling in time until an eligible bachelor made them a wife.