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Teach Yourself Origami

by John Montroll

Published:
1998 by Dover Publications
Pages:
120
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9780486401416
ISBN-10:
0486401413

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Skill Level From simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Only a few on the cover
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)? Yes

Overall Impression

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I always recommend this book for beginners. Montroll introduces the new folder first to the old, traditional favorites, advancing step-by-step, gradually introducing new symbols and techniques with very clear instructions.

As the models advance, so do their detail and complexity, up to an "Impossible vase", which is simply a container with many sticking points, an antlered deer and an elephant with white tusks.

Notes for the second, revised edition: The book was republished in a second edition, adding a few traditional models, revising some of the diagrams, and replacing some models with others. I was sorry to see the dragon and camel, two of my favorites in the first edition, gone. However, lovers of geometrical designs will be happy to find 3 origami polyhedra included.

There are 52 Origami Designs in Teach Yourself Origami:

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Cup

Food

Traditional12Square

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
Also in Easy Origami by John Montroll
Also in Essential Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle
Also in Everything Origami by Matthew Gardiner
and in other sources...
Origami Cup by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Samurai hat

Clothes - Hats

Traditional13Square

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 Complete Origami by David Mitchell
and in other sources...
Origami Samurai hat by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
House

Buildings

Traditional14Square
Pinwheel

Toys

Japanese15Square
House

Buildings

Traditional17Square

Also in 10-Fold Origami by Peter Engel
Also in Beginning Origami by Vicente Palacios
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 1 by Toshie Takahama
Also in Cute Animal Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Easy Origami by John Montroll
Also in Essential Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
and in other sources...
Origami House by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Piano

Music and Musicians

Traditional17Square

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 Essential Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle
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 Piano by Traditional Folded from a square of scrap-booking paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Kimono

Clothes

Traditional18Square

Only in 2nd edition
Sailboat

Vehicles - Boats

Japanese19Square
Candy dish - Star box

Boxes and Containers

Traditional20Square

Also in Origami Twelve Days of Christmas: And Santa, too! by John Montroll
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in Japan's Creative Origami by Kawai Toyoaki
Also in Origami Instruction Book by Miyajima Noboru
Also in Cute Animal Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
and in other sources...
Origami Candy dish - Star box by Traditional Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Waterbomb

Toys

Traditional22Square

Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Japan's Creative Origami by Kawai Toyoaki
Also in NOA Magazine 278
Also in Origami de Christmas
Also in Origami in English by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Origami Text in 4 Languages
Also in Quick and Easy Origami Christmas by Toshie Takahama
and in other sources...
Origami Waterbomb by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Fortune teller

Toys - Action Models

Traditional23Square

Also in Creating Origami by J.C. Nolan
Also in Der Falter 3
Also in Der Falter 27
Also in My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern
Also in Origami 1 by Robert Harbin
Also in Origami in Action by Robert J. Lang
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
and in other sources...
Origami Fortune teller by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Church

Buildings

Traditional24Square

Only in 2nd edition
Table

Objects - Furniture

Japanese25Square
Sanbow

Boxes and Containers

Traditional26Square

Also in The Art and Wonder of Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Origami (Bolitho) by Mark Bolitho
Also in NOA Magazine 167
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 1 by Toshie Takahama
Also in Origami Journal (Russian) 3 1996 Jul-Sep
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in NOA Magazine 10
and in other sources...

Only in 2nd edition
Origami Sanbow by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Box

Boxes and Containers

John Montroll27Square
Flapping bird

Toys - Action Models

Traditional30Square

Also in Action Origami by Tomoko Fuse
Also in Classic Origami by Paul Jackson
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
Also in Creased Magazine 6
Also in El Libro de Las Pajaritas de Papel by Grupo Riglos
Also in Everything Origami by Matthew Gardiner
Also in Fantastic Folds by Andrew Stoker
and in other sources...
Origami Flapping bird by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Aharoni
Crane

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

Traditional31Square

Also in A Thousand Cranes by Florence Temko
Also in Atlas de l'Origami
Also in Classic Origami by Paul Jackson
Also in Complete Origami by David Mitchell
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
Also in Creased Magazine 6
Also in Creating Origami by J.C. Nolan
and in other sources...
Origami Crane by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Lily

Flora - Flowers

Traditional33Square

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 Essential Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle
Also in Festive Folding by Paul Jackson
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
and in other sources...
Origami Lily by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Frog

Amphibians

Traditional34Square

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
Also in Ecuador Convention 2014
and in other sources...
Origami Frog by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Parakeet

Birds - Psittaciformes - Parrots

Traditional34Square

Only in 2nd edition
Duck

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

John Montroll35Square
Penguin

Birds - Sphenisciformes - Penguins

John Montroll36Square
Swan

Birds - Anseriformes - Swans

Japanese36Square
Fish

Fish

Japanese37Square
Face

People

John Montroll38Square
Star

Geometric and other shapes

John Montroll42Square
Car

Vehicles - Cars

John Montroll46Square

2 dimensional
Fish

Fish

John Montroll48Square
Moat monster - 3 headed

Imaginary beings

John Montroll50Square
Goose

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

John Montroll51Square

Only in 1st edition
Swan

Birds - Anseriformes - Swans

John Montroll54Square

Only in 1st edition
Origami Swan by John Montroll on giladorigami.com
Folded by Satoshi Itoh
Pheasant

Birds - Galliformes - Hens and Pheasants

John Montroll56Square
Toucan

Birds - Piciformes - Toucans and Woodpeckers

John Montroll57SquareOrigami Toucan by John Montroll on giladorigami.com
Folded by Satoshi Itoh
Anhinga

Birds - Suliformes - Cormorants and Gannets

John Montroll60Square

The 2nd edition version is simplified
Origami Anhinga by John Montroll on giladorigami.com
Folded by Satoshi Itoh
Lily

Flora - Flowers

John Montroll63Square

With 5 petals. Only in 1st edition
Origami Lily by John Montroll on giladorigami.com
Folded by Yoshiaki Ichikawa
Crane

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

John Montroll66SquareOrigami Crane by John Montroll on giladorigami.com
Folded by Satoshi Itoh
Canary

Birds - Passeriformes

John Montroll69SquareOrigami Canary by John Montroll on giladorigami.com
Folded by Satoshi Itoh
Dragon

Imaginary beings - Dragons

John Montroll72Square

Only in 1st edition
Origami Dragon by John Montroll Folded from a square of Vietnamese wrapping-paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Pig

Mammals - Suidae - Pigs and Boars

John Montroll75SquareOrigami Pig by John Montroll on giladorigami.com
Folded by Satoshi Itoh
Rabbit

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

John Montroll76Square

Only in 2nd edition
Cat

Mammals - Felidae - Cats

John Montroll78SquareOrigami Cat by John Montroll Folded from a square of rice paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Wild boar

Mammals - Suidae - Pigs and Boars

John Montroll81SquareOrigami Wild boar by John Montroll on giladorigami.com
Folded by Satoshi Itoh
Lion

Mammals - Felidae - Lions

John Montroll85Square

Only in 1st edition
Origami Lion by John Montroll Folded from a square of rice paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Tetrahedron

Geometric and other shapes

John Montroll86Square

Only in 2nd edition
Cube

Geometric and other shapes

John Montroll88Square

Only in 2nd edition
Camel

Mammals - Camelidae - Camels

John Montroll89Square

Only in 1st edition
Origami Camel by John Montroll Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Octahedron

Geometric and other shapes

John Montroll90Square

Only in 2nd edition
Vase - impossible

Boxes and Containers

Fred Rohm96SquareOrigami Vase - impossible by Fred Rohm on giladorigami.com
Folded by Jason D. Hofstein
Water wheel

Objects

Fred Rohm100Square

Also in Origami from Around the World by Vicente Palacios
Origami Water wheel by Fred Rohm on giladorigami.com
Folded by Jorge E. Jaramillo
Deer

Mammals - Cervidae - Deer and Moose

John Montroll105SquareOrigami Deer by John Montroll on giladorigami.com
Folded by Satoshi Itoh
Elephant

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

John Montroll109SquareOrigami Elephant by John Montroll Folded from a square of Fadeless origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Bee

Insects

John Montroll116Square