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Understanding Origami Tessellations: Reverse and Fold Double Rhombus Tucks Pattern

  This is a reverse engineer and fold of the 'Double Rhombus Tucks Pattern' tessellation by GatheringFolds.  I follow her on instagram and I sometimes try to figure out her designs and fold them.  This is one of those successful endeavors.  I both love and hate figuring out other people's designs. Depending on the photos available it can be quite simple or it can be an endlessly frustrating trial and error.  In this case, it was pretty straightforward to figure.  To fold it on the other hand, wasn't as simple as to figure it.  I have a tendency to assume if it's easy to figure out that it will be easy to fold. This is rarely the case.  This tessellation requires somewhat sturdy paper. Not too sturdy. That would also be a hindrance.  I used 28 lb printer paper in my successful attempt.  20 lb paper did not work at all.  I messed with edges on the back to get a clean result on the front side.  She does tutorial videos for her designs, so I can't share my crease pa

A Multitude of Triangles Origami Tessellation

  This is an idea I had that I'm still wondering if I've seen it before. It feels familiar, yet different. Memory is a wily creature.  It's a lot of triangle twists on both sides of the paper.  Some hex twists also happen.  It's an overly complicated and convoluted configuration. This makes it tricky to fold. Everything is crowded together.  It seemed to resonate quite well when I posted it to instagram. So I appreciate that.  The triangle twists on the back side, some need to be folded in on themselves.  So my crease pattern may not make total sense until you know that detail.  I do have a crease pattern. Use it as you wish. 

Right Triangle Stars Origami Tessellation

This is a reverse engineer and fold of another design by Arseniy K. His ideas always seem to draw me in and taunt me to figure them out.  I think I selected the wrong kind of paper for this tessellation. It seemed as if it would require very sturdy paper, but that actually made it difficult to collapse it neatly and  tightly. Nevertheless, I persevered and was able to complete the model.  I'm tempted to try it again with slightly thinner paper to see if I can achieve a better result. But that is another day and another post.  For now, I have my first attempt, which was moderately successful. And yes, I did draw a crease pattern. It will be included down below. I actually was stumped for a bit with how to map this one. Looking at his finished fold, it took me a bit to realize how it collapsed.  The trick that I had not noticed at first, was that you need triangles off the central hexagon and you pinch their edges together to create the bottom edges of the right triangles.   Once I r

Gathering Folds Dancing Ribbons Origami Tessellation

 So I saw this tessellation on instagram by Madonna Yoder ( ) and I liked how it looked. So I set about discovering how to recreate it.  Upon realizing the configuration, I thought it would be very easy to fold. First try with weak paper didn't work out.  I realized even though it wasn't terribly complicated, it still collapsed in a way that required paper with some resistance. Tried again with sturdier paper and it was pretty successful.  It's not too difficult to fold, but it does need a stronger paper. All the moving parts have to spin in relative synchronicity.  I like how the two sizes of triangles and the rhombuses interact with each other. It's not complex, but it's very pleasing to the eye.  With her permission I'm posting the crease pattern that I drew. It's at the bottom.