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Paper Folded Flowers
Elizabeth Moad

Search Press
21 March 2017/ ISBN 9781782214267
How-To Books/Papercraft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Use all kinds of paper to make flower-inspired projects to adorn various different items, from cards and gift boxes to a wreath and bunting. Have a go at basic origami, kirigami, fringing, pleating and more to make a variety of pretty and contemporary-looking projects sure to brighten up any occasion. You won’t need many existing skills to do any of this, but it does help if you are the owner of a die cutting machine with the relevant dies, plus a good selection of craft punches. This would tend to skew it towards an existing papercrafter, but despite the simplicity of many of the projects, the techniques are interesting enough to appeal to a wide range of tastes and abilities. From free-standing flowers for vases to modern interpretations of flowers, rosettes, pinwheels and more, professional results are guaranteed with the excellent instructions. In true Search Press style, each of the twenty-one projects has staged photographs, a list of what you need including measurements in imperial and metric, plus a large photograph of the finished item. There is also usually another picture showing an alternative use, or a mini version decorates a matching gift tag. There is not much introduction to all this, apart from a basic list of what tools you need and some information about paper (weights, how to store correctly, criteria for choice etc), and all specific techniques are explained in the relevant projects. Although most items are made using new sheets of craft paper, there are some ideas for recycling, such as using paper from tatty old books or out of date maps. Also, many projects only use a small amount of paper so are ideal for your scraps. If you like papercrafts you ought to enjoy this one.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2017