Origami Crocus Video Tutorial

Origami Crocus

Spring has finally made a breakthrough here in Minnesota! Tiny shoots are slowly emerging from the ground that has been covered with a thick layer of snow since December. For those of you who are impatient to see their gardens bloom or for those who’d simply like to try out my new design, here’s a video tutorial of my pretty little crocus flower. This is a simple model that requires two square pieces of paper. I found that the best dimensions for the flower are 7.5cm x 7.5cm (you can get 4 squares from a standard 15cm x 15cm piece of origami paper). The best dimensions for the leaf is 15cm x 1.875cm (you can get 8 rectangles from a standard 15cm x 15cm piece of origami paper).

Happy folding!

Dulwich College Christmas Fair 2013

I will be participating in the Dulwich College Grand Festive Fair on Sunday 24th November 2013 from 11am-4pm. There will be many exciting stalls and lots of yummy food to try as well as fun activities and a great big raffle.
You can try winning a copy of Origami for All in the raffle, but if you’re not lucky I’ll be selling signed copies with a free pack of paper!

Click on the flyer below to see all the important details – I hope to see you there!

Friends of Dulwich College Grand Festive Fair 2013

Friends of Dulwich College Grand Festive Fair 2013

 

All Things Paper

I’d like to say a big thank you to Ann Martin from All Things Paper for her thorough and positive review. She has done a great job folding the models and I love her choice of paper for the little boxes. Ann spends a lot of time keeping her website up to date, if you’re into paper, this is definitely one to follow.

Ann has recently published her own book, “All Things Paper“, which includes 20 crafty projects that are all made out of paper. Some of the projects are more complicated than others and a few require tools, but if you enjoy playing with paper, this is a great book to have. I’d say the that the target audience is adolescents and upwards, it’s probably more for experienced crafters or those looking for a challenge. There’s a huge variety of projects to choose from and each one has clear step by step photographs and excellent explanations. The layout is very easy to follow and nearly every page has a ‘helpful tip’. I haven’t tried any of the projects yet,  but I’m looking forward to making the silhouette portrait art and the everyday tote bag, which is super cool!

Here’s a snippet of her review:

I especially like what I call useful origami… the place card holder and heart are perfect examples of this. Use the flat-folded heart to decorate a Valentine and dress up a table with the simple place marker. Not only is it self-supporting, but it’s also reusable… just slip in a different name card each time.

origami-two-part-boxes

Here are a couple of little two-part boxes that are helping to sort the clutter of small items in my desk drawer. (I’m rather fond of that pup paper clip. :)) I’m also planning to make the stylish brooch and cuff bracelet from beautiful specialty papers and will wear them proudly.

origami heart

Try your hand at the heart by following the diagrams provided on the book’s website. The projects are suitable for ages 9 and up and would be perfect to collaborate on as family projects. With the holidays on the way, there’s a wonderful pleated bat and Christmas tree.

Thank you Ann, for the lovely review! I’ll be trying my hand at some of the fantastic projects in her book over the next few weeks and sharing them with you here. As a papermaker, I’m always fascinated with how paper can be transformed in so many different ways. I look forward to exploring Ann’s book, playing with paper, and showing you the results!

 

Fluffy – origami cat how-to video

At the Polish Origami Convention 2013, my friend Roberto Gretter and I came up with this new origami design. It’s named Fluffy in memory of my beloved pet cat who sadly is no longer with us.
As this model fits into my two main categories, elegance and simplicity, I’ve made this video tutorial to share it with you.
If you’d like to fold your own little cat, you’ll need an A4 sheet of paper or a piece with similar proportions. I’d love to see how you get on. Have fun!

Origami Spirit

I’m a great fan of origamispirit.com, a carefully curated selection of beautiful and interesting posts relating to origami put together by Leyla Torres. It really is a pleasure to peruse her website, the well staged photos and beautiful paper are a treat!

I was very honored for Leyla to review my book, and what a great review she wrote! Her website is not only in English, but in Spanish too! I strongly support her bi-lingual efforts —we translated all the text in Origami for All into five languages hoping to make it more widely accessible.

Leyla has also made a superb video of how to fold the penguin (one of my favourite models in the book). Her video is flawless, she explains each step very clearly.I hope you enjoy it as much as me!

Thank you, Leyla!

The Book Depository

I have noticed quite a few book orders coming to our distributor from The Book Depository in the UK recently. I thought it worth mentioning to any potential purchasers that this is a great company, quite often selling as a third party seller on Amazon. They sell my book at list price or at a discount and offer FREE worldwide shipping with prompt delivery. For those living outside the EU wanting to buy a copy, this is probably your best option! Our distributor works with them frequently and they ship quickly.

And please, do not forget to review the book, even if it’s just a few words to share your thoughts with others. Good reviews help others to know more about the book, and we’ve been very happy with the positive feedback and good energy we’ve received from our readers!

Thank you very much for your support. All sales are put towards my next book… :)