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Origami – The Paper Folding Art

Publié le par Darlene Curtin

When it comes to paper crafts, origami, quilling and scrapbooking are popular paper crafts just to name a few, but there are many more that were created a long time ago. Today in this article we will be talking about origami. What it is, how it’s done, and its history.

What is Origami?

The word origami comes from the Japanese words oru (folding) and kami (paper). Origami is an ancient practice/art done by the Japanese. Origami is a sequence of folding techniques that are used to create decretive paper statues such as, dragons and the famous paper crane. Due to its simple steps It is also used by children to create fun things like baskets, games (such as the fortune tellers) and cute figures used to decorate their bedrooms. The western community has really changed origami and altered its original uses. It is now mainly used for fun as it is no longer very important to society.

How it’s Done

Origami is mainly folding to create the lovely statues that can be made. Due to that there aren’t many supplies you need to use to complete an origami craft. The only thing you will need is a special origami paper that is very cheap and is easily found at a local art supplier. Origami paper, also known as koi paper, is very thin and flexible making it easy to fold and bend. In origami there are bases that are used to start off a project such as the bird base, diamond base and kite base which are created by only 4-5 folds that can be learned easily by anyone. In origami you need to have very strong hand and eye coordination because you must be able to fit your hands into small cracks to create perfection. If you have poor hand and eye coordination the end product may be messy and unusable.

The History of Paper Folding Art

There is no official date to the birth of origami but there is evidence of it in 1440 when a folded paper box was discovered in Europe. One of the first known books of origami was published in 1797, It gave instructions on folding the paper crane. Origami was not originally created in Japan, it was created in China but as the art grew more popular Japan soon claimed it as their own. It was officially invented in 105 A.D in china. Origami was also used mainly for ceremonial purposes, due to the high price of the origami paper at that time. For a while origami’s popularity died down, but suddenly in 1954 it’s popularity grew again. And origami and was used for fun all around the world by people of all races and all ages.

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Crafting A Folding Bed Cover

Publié le par Darlene Curtin

rollaway bed sheets
rollaway bed sheets

I recently purchased a folding bed for when my daughter comes to visit. I bought the 39 inch Wide Hospitality Rollaway Bed with 6 inch Tufted Premium Innerspring Mattress and it was exactly as the review described so I wasn't surprised at all except for the fact I don't have any sheets or covers for that particular size.

What can you do? I decided I had best sew myself a new set of covers! It's cheaper to utilize the spare stuff I had lying around rather than buying new covers for a folding bed that would only be used a couple nights a year.

First, I took the measurements of the rollaway bed. Sure it says 39 inches, however that wasn't the true case! For fitting sheets and covers you need the precise dimensions and so I grabbed my tape measure and went to work.

After all the measurements were done I realized I was going to need a lot of space to work in. Finding a place to spread everything out and have the rollaway bed available for testing was difficult. I did figure it out though, I used the garage.

Having old sheets for the bed was handy, since I didn't need to purchase material. I merely had to fold the sheets and covers to the new sizes, put in a few pins to keep it all together, and then bundled it up and headed for the sewing machine.

I used 1 inch seams, but you can use whatever you like. For the side that lays near your head, I went with 3 inches to mimic real sheets. You may change that up as you see fit. I also followed a pretty good tutorial on making bed covers.

All in all, I was pretty happy with how my sheets turned out, and I think my rollaway bed looks fantastic!

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My Fathers Clocks

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My Fathers Clocks

My father had many, many hobbies throughout his life and was extremely good at every one he tried and when he retired the hobby that became his passion was making clocks.

Now since he had worked with wood a great deal in his life it became the material of choice. Since my father lived 60 miles from town he had no electricity but this was no problem either, as he decided to build his own fret saw that he could operated manually using an old sewing machine treadle.

Then he began to make his clocks, purchasing the clock works from a clock work supply store. After a few years the clocks became more and more elaborate and incorporated the art of marquetry (inlaid work made from small pieces of various kinds of wood).

The designs he used were all hand drawn by him and cut out manually using his saw, most of these clocks he gave away to family and friends. He had a wide variety of different clocks to choose from including wall clocks, mantel clock and even grandfather clocks.

All in all over 300 clocks were made using his home made saw. Although the clocks were mostly given away they serve as a reminder to us of someones passion for their hobby.

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Some Unique Crafts To Learn

Publié le par Darlene Curtin

Some Unique Crafts To Learn

Looking to try something different when it comes to crafting?

There are a multitude of obscure and unusual crafts, some take specialized materials while others use more convenient supplies.

Calligraphy for instance is becoming an obscure craft. The word calligraphy literally means beautiful, elegant writing, the reason this is becoming a lost art I think is the fact no one writes letters and such anymore, as this has become the age of computers.

The traditional tools used for this art include various types of inks, nib-tipped pens, calligraphy brushes, desk pads, books and paper and more. These items are available at stationary and craft supply stores.

Today there are three types of calligraphy: Western or Roman, Arabic and Chinese or oriental and each one has it's own distinct style.

So if you are looking for something different pick up a few supplies and give it a try, you may find it gratifying and may also realize that you are more artistic than you thought.

I spent an inordinate amount of time in school practising my penmanship. My hand writing is impeccable, however if you give me a calligraphy pen, my distinct style really shows.

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From Kids To Adults: We All Love To Craft

Publié le par Darlene Curtin

From Kids To Adults: We All Love To Craft

What exactly is crafting? Is it a hobby? Just a pastime? Let's take a quick look at what defines a craft.

Crafting is a pastime or even a profession that requires some skill and knowledge, and covers a wide range of activities. There are crafts for adults as well as children - in fact crafting with your child is a very good idea, not only does it give your child a feeling of accomplishment but helps with coordination and concentration.

Many people do not realize how much crafting their children actually do or how much they help them. Making cards for example, you may help them make cards for a loved ones birthday, or Christmas, Easter, or maybe a get well card or a card just to say I love you.

Then there is colouring - they may colour a picture for mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, not to mention the crafts they are involved with at school.

The paper tie they made for fathers day or the the decorations for Halloween, and Christmas, even the thanksgiving turkey they made. All these thing involve some sort of craft and helps you child come up with different ideas to create a multitude of enjoyable pastimes.

So next time your children have nothing to do just break out the paper, crayons, paints, glue and anything else you may think of and let them go to work, you may be amazed at what they can create. After all they may develop such a liking it becomes a lifelong hobby.

When I talk about crafts, I am talking about something a little more complex than pretty strips of paper glued to another colourful paper. In my blog I am going to teach numerous crafts and techniques for things like party favors and wedding invites.

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WELCOME TO MY BLOG

Publié le par Darlene Curtin

WELCOME TO MY BLOG

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