Fabrigami: The Origami Art of Folding Cloth to Create Decorative and Useful Objects

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Fold decorative origami objects out of cloth with this easy-to-use origami book.

Fabrigami is the Asian art of folding fabrics to create three-dimensional objects ranging from the practical to the whimsical. Like paper, there are countless beautiful fabric designs to choose from, only fabric has the virtue of being extremely durable.

Fabrigami began as origami legend Florence Temko's final project. Everyone knows that origami is the art of ...

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Overview

Fold decorative origami objects out of cloth with this easy-to-use origami book.

Fabrigami is the Asian art of folding fabrics to create three-dimensional objects ranging from the practical to the whimsical. Like paper, there are countless beautiful fabric designs to choose from, only fabric has the virtue of being extremely durable.

Fabrigami began as origami legend Florence Temko's final project. Everyone knows that origami is the art of paper folding, but Temko had begun experimenting with folding fabric to make objects that are just as beautiful but more lasting than paper. Sadly, Temko passed away before the book was completed, but her collaborator, Jill Stovall, continued their work. Now, Stovall—with the help of Scott Stern, a rising young star of origami—brings Fabrigami to print for everyone to use and enjoy.

This origami book begins by presenting instructions on how to treat fabric so it holds a shape when folded. Then Stovall shares a series of fun craft projects with simple origami-style diagrams that you can use to make a range of lovely objects. Stiffening the fabric requires some practice, but the folds are all easy enough to be considered origmi-for-kids projects and are a great way to learn origami.

Cloth origami projects include:

  • Fan-tastic Fold Earrings
  • Evening Wine Coat
  • Florence's Hexagon Box
  • Cloth Kimono Card
  • Pleated Peacock
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
In Japanese, "ori" means fold and "gami," paper. The authors craft a new word for the use of fabric as a take on the classic Japanese art of folding paper into delicate shapes. Stovall and Stern, mentored in the art by the late Temko, author of more than 50 DIY craft guides, take the reader from plain fabric to 3D gift with complete instructions from stiffening to making the final folds. While the fabrigami process may appear labor intensive and impractical, "…more and more," says Stern, "I see how the beauty of the fabric is what really accentuates these folded creations." Once fabric is procured, a long walk up "ori" hill is yet to come, beginning with the basics of mountain folds, valley folds, kite folds, and all their kin. With the right fabric of interest, it could be worth the labor to produce a billfold for a dear friend or the classic origami bird of peace for the Yule tree. Details for 31 projects are included. (Oct.)
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"The difference between this book and the traditional origami book is that the projects use stiffened fabric instead of paper. It is definitely more long lasting than using paper, and a great idea for coordinating your home decor!" —JapaneseSewingBooks

"Japanese, "ori" means fold and "gami," paper. The authors craft a new word for the use of fabric as a take on the classic Japanese art of folding paper into delicate shapes. Stovall and Stern, mentored in the art by the late Temko, author of more than 50 DIY craft guides, take the reader from plain fabric to 3D gift with complete instructions from stiffening to making the final folds. With the right fabric of interest, it could be worth the labor to produce a billfold for a dear friend or the classic origami bird of peace for the Yule tree." —PW Daily

"[...] the project collection here is really diverse and interesting. [...] There are 31 projects in all, and many of them would make great stocking-stuffer-type gifties for the holidays. The book itself, of course, is a nice gift for fabric and origami-lovers." —CraftyPod

"Fabrigami is the Asian art of folding fabrics to create three-dimensional objects ranging from the practical to the whimsical. Like paper, there are countless beautiful fabric designs to choose from, only fabric has the virtue of being extremely durable. Fabrigami began as origami legend Florence Temko's final project. Everyone knows that origami is the art of paper folding, but Temko had begun experimenting with folding fabric to make objects that are just as beautiful but more lasting than paper. Sadly, Temko passed away before the book was completed, but her collaborator, Jill Stovall, continued their work. Now, Stovall—with the help of Scott Stern, a rising young star of origami—brings Fabrigami to print for everyone to use and enjoy. This craft book begins by presenting instructions on how to treat fabric so it holds a shape when folded. Then Stovall shares a series of fun craft projects with simple origami-style diagrams that you can use to make a range of lovely objects." —Sew Mama Sew

"This 80-page book provides project instructions for turning fabric into folded treasures." —Sake Puppets

Library Journal
12/01/2013
The late Florence Temko was a master of origami and the author of numerous books on the subject. In her final work, she, educator and writer Stovall, and author and origami enthusiast Scott Stern (Outside the Box Origami), who continued work on the book after Temko died, take this craft in a new direction by using treated, stiffened fabric in place of traditional origami paper. The result relies on the many designs available with fabric (as well as the material's durability) to make a variety of decorative objects. Projects range from traditional decorative objects such as birds and flowers to useful items, for example, a billfold, a bookmark, and several variations on boxes and containers. The authors provide hints and tips for treating fabric, as well as an inexpensive "secret formula" that can be used in place of a commercial fabric-stiffening product. The techniques will be familiar to any crafter with origami experience, and a simple overview of the basics is available. VERDICT These projects are ideal for embellishment, gift-giving, or simple home decor, and the use of fabric instead of paper will open up new possibilities for origami buffs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805312568
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 791,315
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Stovall has been an educator, librarian, researcher, and writer for many years. Jill's love of origami and her friendship with Florence led her to bring Fabrigami to completion. When she's not sailing her boat across the world, Stovall lives in La Jolla, California.

Currently a student at Yale University, Scott Wasserman Stern has been folding origami since he was three years old. He is the author of Outside the Box Origami.

Florence Temko (1921-2009) was the internationally acclaimed author of over fifty how-to crafts books and a leading authority on origami and kirigami. She was a founding board member of Origami USA, a member of the Authors Guild, and a consultant for the Mingei International Museum.

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