Ultimate Origami for Beginners
- 2014 by Tuttle Publishing
- Kit with booklet and paper
|Skill Level||Simple to intermediate|
|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|
This kit aims to bring a wide subject range of origami designs, some collected from previous kits and books, like the lovely dollar butterfly and Kanji the dog, and some new designs created especially for this set. Animals, geometrical models, flowers and dollar folds are all here, simple to intermediate in complexity.
The kit comes with 62 sheets of folding paper: standard origami paper in 2 sizes, and a pack of nice quality play money to practice dollar folding with. The highlight of the kit is the DVD, with video instructions for every design diagrammed in the booklet.
Now, had it not been for the DVD, I'd hesitate to recommend the booklet to the absolute beginner. The designs are great and the diagrams clear, but for someone new to origami I'd choose even simpler models to start with. When combined with the video instructions on the DVD, however, it's a whole other picture. You get to sit behind LaFosse's shoulder, watch and follow along as he patiently guides you through the simple as well as more tricky steps, providing tips and techniques for better results. This will enable even beginners to get a grasp on slightly more advanced designs.
Highly recommend for anyone who wants to dip their toes into origami!