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Parchment Taster Session At Wrexham Library

June 1 @ 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

Parchment Taster Wrexham Library

Every heard of parchment craft and wanted to give it a try? Here’s your chance!

You will have learnt how to emboss and colour parchment and create a greetings card by the end of the session.

FREE, but booking is essential. Contact library@wrexham.gov.uk or 01978 292 090.

Parchment Taster Wrexham Library

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Wrexham Library Services

Wrexham Libraries offer:

  1. A health and wellbeing information, including books on prescription, children’s books on prescription, carers collection, bereavement collection, BBC Headroom, Parenting Collection
  2. Mobile Library service
  3. Homelink service (home visits if you can’t visit your local library)
  4. Computer taster sessions

We support all ages free of charge

Opening times: Monday – Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-4pm

Parchment Craft

Parchment craft, also known as Pergamano, is the art of embellishing and decorating parchment paper (or vellum paper) through techniques such as embossing, perforating, stippling, cutting or colouring.

Pergamano has been predominantly used in the making of cards (religious devotional cards, greeting cards and gift cards), but the techniques apply to related items such as bookmarks and picture frames as well as three-dimensional sculptural paper projects, such as ornaments and boxes.


Historians believe that parchment craft originated as an art form in Europe during the 15th or 16th century. Parchment craft at that time occurred principally in Catholic communities, where crafts persons created lace-like items such as devotional pictures and communion cards. The craft developed over time, with new techniques and refinements being added.

Until the 16th century, parchment craft was a European art form. However, missionaries and other settlers relocated to South America, taking parchment craft with them. As before, the craft appeared largely among the Catholic communities. Often, young girls receiving their First Communion received gifts of handmade parchment crafts.

Although the invention of the printing press led to reduced interest in handmade cards and items. Consequently, by the 18th-century, people were regaining interest in detailed handwork. Parchment cards became larger in size and crafters began adding wavy borders and perforations. In the 19th century, influenced by French romanticism, parchment crafters began adding floral themes and cherubs and hand embossing.

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Parchment Taster Wrexham Library


01978 292 090

Rhosddu Road
Wrexham, Wrexham LL11 1AU
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