Paper quilling comes to Katy Sue
We're thrilled to announce our acquisition of the UK’s number one quilling supplier, JJ Quilling. Having experienced significant growth in ecommerce revenues during the past 24 months, we're so excited to further expand our craft range to include paper quilling.
JJ Quilling is a 40-year-old family owned business which serves an important paper craft niche. The business is the number one UK manufacturer of paper quilling supplies and kits, and is the only remaining UK manufacturer of speciality foil edged strips. The quality of their range is recognised by enthusiasts as far afield as Japan and the USA and has itself grown rapidly as a result partly of the increase in the craft’s popularity.
ABOVE: Extraordinary paper quilling artwork by JJ Quilling's Diane Boden
Sue Balfour, our Katy Sue CEO commented,
“We have been working on our own range of paper quilling products which are set to launch in early 2022 and searched for a UK supplier to add to our kit designs. We were surprised to find most of the supplies were a poor quality and had to be bought in China and so we were delighted to begin working with JJ as a UK supplier and ultimately to have the opportunity to acquire the JJ Quilling range and manufacturing capability. We intend to invest in more products and additional customer service capability to help the business reach its real potential.”
Diane and Tris Boden, the owners of JJ Quilling said,
“We had been considering retiring but wanted to make sure the business lived on and became part of a business with the same culture and ethos as we have. We approached Katy Sue and found Sue Balfour was the right person to take things forward, so we completed negotiations quickly and to our complete satisfaction. We are going to stay on for a period to ensure the business is fully integrated into its new home at Katy Sue”.
JJ Quilling will be accepting orders until 11am on Friday 24th September. We then expect to pause orders for one week whilst Katy Sue relocate manufacturing from Kent to South Shields. Orders can continue to be placed from the JJ Quilling website but please note that shipping will resume on Monday 4th October.
See the paper quilling range at www.jjquilling.co.uk