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Japanese Paper Crafting

by Michael G. LaFosse

2014 by Tuttle Publishing

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Skill Level Simple
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
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)? Varies

Overall Impression

More than a book about origami, this is a book about paper. Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander run Origamido Studio, where they make their own folding paper, and here they share their knowledge of making different types of Washi paper, all with photo illustrations.

The projects in the book include mostly simple, traditional designs, chosen to show off the quality of the special paper. Several variations of connected cranes and Noshi, and a few practical folds. Some non-origami projects are also included, such as a vase-cover and a book-binding technique. The instructions are a combination of standard diagrams and photographs.

The book is full of beautiful photos, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in paper, folders or non-folders.

There are 9 Origami Designs in Japanese Paper Crafting:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes


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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

Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes

With cuts

Several variations



Several variations
Sailboat envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Michael G. LaFosse72Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 2000
Also in CDO convention 2001
Also in Folding Australia 2007
Also in Origami Kit for Dummies by Nick Robinson
Also in Origami Stationary by Michael G. LaFosse
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and in other sources...
Origami Sailboat envelope by Michael G. LaFosse on
Folded by Michel Grand
Masu box

Boxes and Containers


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Also in Enjoy Origami in English (Joy of Origami!) by Satoshi Takagi
Also in NOA Magazine 134
Also in NOA Magazine 165
Also in NOA Magazine 167
Also in NOA Magazine 490
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and in other sources...
Origami Masu box by Traditional on
Folded by Lou Pearson
Wallet or clutch purse

Objects - Wallets

Michael G. LaFosse82Rectangle

From fabric, with sewing
Crane's egg modular box

Boxes and Containers

Richard L. Alexander88Square
3 units

Objects - Wallets

Tulip bowl

Boxes and Containers

Richard L. Alexander110SquareOrigami Tulip bowl by Richard L. Alexander Folded from a square of chiyogami by Gilad Aharoni on