When I am not embroidering, felting, beading or sewing, my other favourite craft is origami. I find it mind-bending and fascinating, and very satisfying (when it finally works after many practice runs!). It was my birthday on Sunday...
(We went up Arthur's seat for a picnic... here is my friend's dog, Jackson, looking longingly at my cake!)
...and I was very lucky to recieve some lovely non-traditional origami papers, as well as a fantastic rare book called 'Origami for the connoisseur' by Kasahara & Takahara. I heard about this book through Flickr, where there are so many photos of people's amazing origami projects which are very inspiring. Most of the projects in this book will take some building up to... but I'm looking forward to the challenge!
In preparation I've been practising some 'modular' origami - where you make a compound shape using multiples of a base 'unit' made of one folded sheet. I've been working with 'Sonobe' units with a lot of help from a wonderful book called 'Marvelous modular origami' by Meenakshi Mukerji.
30 Sonobe units folded and ready to be assembled:
I am fascinated by all the permutations that are possible using the same basic units.
These are all built from the same base unit, but in different multiples or sizes of paper sheet:
(6 pieces for the cubes, 12 for the octahedral assembly and 30 for the icosahedral assembly)
These are the smallest ones I have managed!