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Origami Garden
Ioana Stoian

Search Press
18 August 2015 / ISBN 9781782212751
How-To Books / Papercraft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Create your own indoor garden just by folding squares of paper. Populate it with flowers, animals, birds and insects, and adorn your washing line with a cheerful array of summer garments. Make frogs leap, rabbits hold gifts and baskets brim with goodies for a fun table arrangement.

Origami has been around for a long time, and inside this book are over forty both traditional and modern designs. These are showcased on four double page spreads showing them in attractive garden settings and giving ideas as to how they could be displayed. There is a useful double page of all the symbols used, with their names and how you fold them. Then come several pages showing each model on its own, six to a page with skill level (1-3) and page you can find it on. The actual projects are not listed in any real order but show the models displayed in various ways together with some excellent folding diagrams. These show the front as colored and the reverse as plain, which is helpful, and each stage has a caption. In true Search Press style there are plenty of stages for foolproof folding and even beginners to origami ought to find this book a good introduction to the hobby. Perhaps the best thing of all is the pocket on the inside of the back cover containing twenty sheets of both plain and patterned origami paper so the lucky recipient of this book can get started right away. This would make a great gift if you can bear to part with it.

If you cannot find a good range of origami materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015