Fabric origami is a lot of fun, and I love the fact that, in just a few hours, I can have a whole collection of beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments to give to friends and family.
Made of silk dupioni, they add an elegant touch to a Christmas tree, but they're almost too pretty to put away after the holidays!
Designs range from simple ...
to complex ...
The simpler designs come together in a few minutes, while the more complicated ones require much more hand sewing and take a bit longer.
Each piece is accented with a handmade swirl hanger. This year I've added beads and buttons to make them even prettier.
I like using vintage buttons like the brass one (above) and the mother-of-pearl ones (below) to add some variety.
My inspiration for the ornaments came from the book Flower Origami by Kumiko Sudo.
Once again this year, a limited number of my silk origami ornaments are available for purchase at Artisans in Waynesburg, PA. Last year, the ornaments sold out long before Christmas, so stop by soon for the best selection of colors and styles. (Custom orders are available by contacting me directly via email.)
A handmade gift from the heart can never be matched by something mass-produced in a Chinese factory. I hope that you will take the time this year to make a few simple gifts. Or support local artists by stopping by an art gallery or craft shop in your area to find that perfect little something, made in the USA.
Earlier posts about fabric origami:
Drapery panels with origami accents & instructions for how to make "Primrose" origami.
Fabric origami pillow with quilting