Its that time of year. I looked out the window and it is beginning to snow. Ever since I was very young I loved to make snowflakes. When I was in grade school Sister Rose Ellen (the most creative nun ever and the school principal) taught me how to fold a snowflake to make it have a much better shape. Here is what a real snowflake looks like under a microscope
No two are alike, but they all can be equally divided into 6ths. In order to make a snowflake you need to fold the paper so that you can create those 6 equal parts, Here is how:
First fold a piece of paper diagonally
next cut off the excess
Now fold this in half (the fold goes in the center of the longest side)
Now the hard part, you will not be lining up edges, fold 1/3 to the center, I do this by eye but you could measure
next take the 1/3 on the left and fold it over the 1/3 on the right
Now you can either just start cutting or you can mark a pattern first. I drew a tree and snowman on this one
whatever is on the folded edges represents 1/2 of what you will see when it is unfolded. Next cut along the lines
you can cut into the lower part to add more design
now open it up
here is one done with out a drawn design, just some cutting
they look better if you iron them
and a nice background helps
I just used computer printer paper, but I could get a lot more delicate cuts if the paper was thinner, tissue paper is great.
I have put together a PDF file of instructions and patterns available at my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts
Wouldn’t this be a great thing to make on a much larger scale and use as the center of a quilt, similar to a traditional Hawaiian quilt.
I think I need to get some really big paper!
Happy cutting and folding