Last month I started to practice some origami pieces. As you may recall, I wasn’t doing so well. But I am nothing if not determined – especially when it comes to increasing the number of crafts that I do.
So I found a lovely tutorial channel on YouTube called Happy Puppy Truffles. I started off with a series she did about basic origami folds. I didn’t take pictures cos they are very dull, but I did..
And after I’d finished learning these terms and simple bits of folding, I picked a fairly simple piece to start with.
Et voila! I have a cute little pinwheel.
It’s horrendously neon pink because I’m using the colours I don’t particularly like to practice with.
For the next session I picked some simple but cute looking pieces. I started with a crow.
In the video she uses a lighter colour because she says darker ones can be hard to show up on camera. And she has a point. Hopefully you can see the detail okay. I’m quite chuffed with that one. I was very pleased with myself with how easily I could follow along. And it looks really cute. I want to make some more for Halloween decorations next year.
Next up was a butterfly. There are lots and lots of different origami butterflies, but I picked a simple one.
I’m pleased with how well I followed it, but I’m not overly impressed with the end result. It looks kinda boring. But that’s the pattern, not my skill.
After that I did an Iris. My nan’s name was Iris, and I thought it’d be nice to be able to make some. For the practice piece I used that same shade of very bright pink.
There are LOTS of folds in this. Lots and lots. And towards the end I started to go a bit wonky, so the centre is a little weird looking. But it’s a cute start. Definitely more practice required for this one though.
I had another go with a white piece of paper and did a better job I think, but I’m still not perfectly happy.
Normally I’m not much of a perfectionist but I decided to make my mother an Iris (for nanny) and a Lily (for her birth mother who died when mum was 10) for Christmas. So the iris HAS to be right! More practice required. I know which fold it is that’s going wrong, I just need to be more precise, which has always been an issue for me.
As mentioned, I wanted to make a lily too. Unfortunately, the pattern for a lily is exactly the same as the one for an iris. Of course, the two flowers are different colours, so there’s that option. But I explored another one, and had a go at a water lily pattern.
I’m not sure about it. I might well make the two the same shape, if I can find some way to display them properly.
As for my grandad, his name was Jock. I suppose I could make a jock strap?
Next up was a ninja star. Whilst sorting out a box downstairs I found one I made ages and ages ago.
I decided I had to make another one, just to see if I still could. Apparently I can.
This post is already turning out to be quite long, so I’m going to sign off for now, and start the next post. Stay tuned for more adventures in origami.