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Essential Origami

by Steve and Megumi Biddle

Published:
1991 by St. Martin's Griffin
Pages:
192
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9780312057169
ISBN-10:
0312057164

Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: Amazon.jp

Skill Level From simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Very clear
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? No
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Not all are pure

Overall Impression

This book is very good for beginners.

The diagrams are very clear and carefully drawn, showing in many places the actual position of the hands while folding. In the beginning of each chapter, a new base is taught, and several models which employ this base. Most of the models are known, traditional ones, but there are also modern designs included.

There is an excellent variety of subjects, which introduces the various styles of origami to beginners, and helps them choose their path in the art.

There are 60 Origami Designs in Essential Origami:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

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House

Buildings

Traditional17Square

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Also in Beginning Origami by Vicente Palacios
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 1 by Toshie Takahama
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Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
and in other sources...
Origami House by Traditional Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Hat

Clothes - Hats

Traditional18Square
Organ

Music and Musicians

Traditional18Square

Also in Cute Animal Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in Enjoy Origami in English (Joy of Origami!) by Satoshi Takagi
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Japan's Creative Origami by Kawai Toyoaki
Also in NOA Magazine 146
and in other sources...
Origami Organ by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Fox puppet

Toys - Puppets

Taichiro Hasegawa19Square
Crown

Clothes - Hats

Traditional20Square
Happi coat

Clothes

Traditional21Square
Purse

Objects - Wallets

Traditional23Square
3 units
Baby's shoes

Clothes - Shoes and Socks

Katsushi Nosho25Square

Also in NOA Magazine 150
Also in NOA Kessakusen 3

Very nice - uses a string to tie the shoes
Origami Baby
Folded by Francois Ziegler
Pig

Mammals - Suidae - Pigs and Boars

Traditional31Square
Flower

Geometric and other shapes

Fumio Inoue33Square
20 units

A flower made of 20 pigs!
Rabbit

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

Steve Biddle34Square
Double heart

Hearts

Steve Biddle36Square

Very nice, with color change
Butterfly

Insects - Butterflies

Traditional45Square
Pendant

Geometric and other shapes

Traditional46Square
Stars

Geometric and other shapes

Traditional47Square
Cup

Food

Traditional50Square

Also in Beginning Origami by Vicente Palacios
Also in Classic Origami by Paul Jackson
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
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Also in Everything Origami by Matthew Gardiner
and in other sources...
Origami Cup by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Cap

Clothes - Hats

Traditional51Square
Sombrero

Clothes - Hats

Traditional52Square
Puppy

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Steve Biddle54SquareOrigami Puppy by Steve Biddle on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Samurai helmet

Clothes - Hats

Traditional56Square

Also in NOA Magazine 177
Also in NOA Magazine 188
Also in NOA Magazine 189
Also in Origami 1-2-3 by David Petty
Also in Origami in English by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Teach Yourself Origami by John Montroll
Also in Complete Origami by David Mitchell
and in other sources...
Origami Samurai helmet by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Goldfish

Fish - Goldfish

Traditional59Square
With cuts
Stalk and leaf

Flora - Trees and Plants

Traditional63Square
Decoration

Geometric and other shapes

Traditional64Square
2 units
Yacht

Vehicles - Boats

Traditional65Square
Wild duck

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Traditional66Square
Cat

Mammals - Felidae - Cats

Steve Biddle68SquareOrigami Cat by Steve Biddle Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Scottish Terrier

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Yasuhiro Sano71Square

Also in Le Pli 94
Also in NOA Kessakusen
Also in NOA Magazine 2
Also in Origami Dogs by Yasuhiro Sano
Also in Origami Text in 4 Languages
Also in Orison 4/03
and in other sources...
Origami Scottish Terrier by Yasuhiro Sano folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Koala

Mammals - Marsupialia - Koalas

Kazuo Choshi73Square

Also in NOA Kessakusen 3
Origami Koala by Kazuo Choshi Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Tato

Objects - Wallets

Traditional78Square
Dragon

Imaginary beings - Dragons

Kenji Jinbo80Square
3 units
With cuts

Needs a cut to separate the ears
Mask

People

Traditional86Square
Propeller plane

Vehicles - Airplanes

Seiji Nishikawa89Square
2 units
Origami Propeller plane by Seiji Nishikawa Folded from 2 squares of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Box and partition

Boxes and Containers

Traditional95Square
Box and purse

Boxes and Containers

Traditional98Square
Fancy box (Spanish)

Boxes and Containers

Traditional100Square

Also in NOA Magazine 456
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Also in Origami A-B-C by David Petty
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and in other sources...
Origami Fancy box (Spanish) by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Yakko san

Toys

Traditional102Square

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Also in Cute Animal Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in Enjoy Origami in English (Joy of Origami!) by Satoshi Takagi
Also in Everything Origami by Matthew Gardiner
and in other sources...
Origami Yakko san by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Camera

Toys

Traditional103Square

Action toy with noise
Sumo game

Toys

Traditional105Square

Also in Traditional Japanese Origami by Nick Robinson
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Cute Animal Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Enjoy Origami in English (Joy of Origami!) by Satoshi Takagi
Also in NOA Magazine 389
Also in Atlas de l'Origami
and in other sources...
Origami Sumo game by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Church

Buildings

Traditional110Square
Spinning top

Toys

Steve Biddle112Square
Kabuto wrapper

Letters and Envelopes

Traditional114Rectangle - A size
Crane wrapper

Letters and Envelopes

Traditional116Rectangle - A size
Gorilla mask

Mammals - Primates - Gorillas

Miyashita Atsushi119Square

Also in NOA Magazine 168
Also in ORU Magazine 9
Origami Gorilla mask by Miyashita Atsushi on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Sparrow

Birds - Passeriformes

Traditional125Square
Santa

Religion and Holidays - Christmas and Santa Claus

Steve and Megumi Biddle126Square

Based on Steve Casey's model
Origami Santa by Steve and Megumi Biddle Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Panda

Mammals - Ursidae - Pandas

Steve Biddle133Square
2 units
Origami Panda by Steve Biddle Folded from 2 squares of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Flower

Flora - Flowers

Traditional141Square
Basket

Boxes and Containers

Traditional143Square
2 units

From a square and a strip
Iris

Flora - Flowers

Traditional148Square

Also in Atlas de l'Origami
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 1 by Toshie Takahama
Also in Cute Animal Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Festive Folding by Paul Jackson
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
and in other sources...
Origami Iris by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Frog

Amphibians

Traditional149Square

Also in Bugagami by Jeffrey Rutzky
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
Also in Creating Origami by J.C. Nolan
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 1 by Toshie Takahama
Also in Difficult Origami by Chris Alexander
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
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and in other sources...
Origami Frog by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Carnation

Flora - Flowers

Mitsunobu Sonobe150Square
Snail

Molluscs

Traditional151Square

Also in Bugagami by Jeffrey Rutzky
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 1 by Toshie Takahama
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in NOA Magazine 130
Also in NOA Magazine 250
Also in NOA Magazine 454
and in other sources...
Origami Snail by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Crane - congratulations

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Traditional159SquareOrigami Crane - congratulations by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Hermit crab

Crustaceans

Shozo Ishida162Square
Apatosaurus

Dinosaurs

Seiji Nishikawa165Square
Wallet

Objects - Wallets

John Cunliffe171Rectangle - A size
Unit

Geometric and other shapes

Steve Biddle173Square
Octagonal box

Boxes and Containers

Tomoko Fuse177Square
8 units
Senbazuru

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Traditional184Rectangle - 1X2
With cuts

Connected cranes
Crab

Crustaceans

Traditional187Square
With cuts