A week ago, I was looking for new projects for a workshop and came across Iris Folding. Developed by a Dutchmen, using scraps of envelopes, in the early 1900’s, it's a very easy way to use left over bits of paper, ribbon, and fabric and create something beautiful. Following a pattern, folded paper is lined up on a pattern, with the result looking a bit like the closing lenses of a camera.
I've been experimenting with different designs available for free online. Not only is it very easy, but it’s a bit meditative as you place the pieces of paper on the pattern. While the one side looks like a mess, the right side pops the “wow!” factor.
Links to help you get started:
• How to do Iris Folding: Good video to explain how to Iris fold. Note that you can use regular tape throughout.
• Simplicity of Iris Folding: Website offers a variety of free templates.