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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

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An Origami Book

At the HBAG open workshop meeting this week, Ping showed me how to make this cool little origami book. As will be obvious momentarily, I'm not a professional origami instruction writer, but you might be able to figure it out ;-) [Note: If you can't see the pictures, forget it.... The words alone will absolutely not be sufficient!]

The finished book has eight pages, and two "secret" four-page spreads (the insides of the regular pages).

Start with a square piece of paper. Fold it in fourths, and then cut half of the paper in fourths, perpendicular to the folds. (These flaps will be the pages.) Make diagonal folds in the part you didn't cut. That gives you a page that looks something like this:
These are the creases you need

Now fold the bottom section up
Fold up the bottom

and the top flaps down.
The easy part

Fold the right and left sides in to the center.
Ready to tuck the covers back

Now you have to do what I think of as a typical origami move (sounds impossible and doesn't make a bit of sense til you've done it). There is a sort of pocket on each side of the bottom front section, and you have to tuck it in behind.

Here's the pocket
Trying to show the tucking step....

and where you're tucking to
Tucking cover back

and what it looks like when you're done.
Covers tucked back, ready to fold down pages

Now you're going to fold the pages down into their correct orientation. Start with the left set of pages. Fold them down
Folding down the first set of pages

and flip them back.
Folding back the first set of pages

Then the same thing on the right side.
Folding down the second set of pages

Almost done!

Now just fold on the spine, and you're done :-)
Finished book

Finally, here are pics of a template that shows which pieces end up where, and sketches of the process which may or may not make more sense than the narrative above....
Template - Side 1

Template - Side 2

Ping's origami book sketches

Good luck :-)

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