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The Lost Art of Towel Origami Paperback – October 1, 2005

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About the Author

Alison Jenkins turned a pastime into a passion when she expanded her paper-folding talents to bath towels. Using the same basic principles found in paper folding, Alison creates positively amazing works with towels. Alison contributes to craft, home improvement, and lifestyle magazines from her home in the United Kingdom.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740755633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740755637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Jenkins trained in fashion design before turning to a career in styling. She is a specialist in home crafts and interiors and a regular contributor to magazines such as Interiors and Country Homes. She lives in London, England.

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15 TOWEL ANIMALS OR OTHER.
Wonderful.
Alison Jenkins begins with basics folds and techniques.
And the towel sculptures.

First the easy models, only three.
Happy Birthday is a birthday cake, 6 towels, 1 face cloth and ribbon
Fancy fan, 2 towels, 2 elastic bands and 2 safety pins.
Love heart, 1 towel

Next the moderate models, seven
Gift basket, 1 towel, 1 face cloth and safety pins
Skyscraper, 2 towels and 1 bath sheet
Tropical palm, 1 towel, 5 face cloths and safety pins
Kiss me lips, 1 towel
Ladybug, 1 towel, 3 face cloths, felt and pipe cleaners
Angel fish, 1 towel, 2 face cloths, felt or chocolate
Cute pooch, 1 towel, 1 bath sheet, felt and safety pin.

Then, the difficult models, five
Spinning windmill, 1 towel
Lotus flower, 3 towels, 1 face cloths, safety pin
Swimming swan, 1 bath sheet, sunglasses, 2 face cloths and safety pins
Monkey business, 1 bath sheet, 1 towel, felt or chocolate and
safety pins
Elephant, 2 towels, safety pin and felt or chocolate

You have also templates for the eyes, nose, tongue, eyepatch,
spots and the shapes for the skyscraper

You will need
5 face cloths 33 X 33,
1 guest towel 40 X 40 or 40 X 76
2 hand towels 50 X 100
3 bath towels 63/68 X 130 or 75 X 137
2 bath sheets 90 X 165
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Fun to read, fun to do! We first saw it done on a cruise. (Never realized that this art had ever been lost.)

This is an activity that will engage youngsters without making a terrific mess. No paint or glue to smear on freshly painted or wallpapered walls. No sharp scissors to jab into the upholstery or hack at the curtains. If the technique is properly modeled for the children, every child will be able to be successful. And everybody has some sort of towel already, so there is no expense for this pleasure.
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My daughter loves this kind of thing so I was excited to purchase this book for her. Almost all of the designs require a considerable number of towels along with other items like safety pins, felt, paper, etc. The few designs that can be created with only one or two towels look lame or don't work at all (at least without starch or something else to hold them in place) and I haven't bothered with the rest. Origami isn't the right description when so much else is required.
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There were not very many different things to fold, all were simple - that is, they don't look that great when done. I've seen folded towels in a couple of hotels and they were stunning. The choices in this book just don't measure up. I wish I'd gotten a different towel origami book.
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I was very interested in learning Towel Origami. The size of the pieces and the number of towels needed to create them made the task almost impossible.
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I bought this book after getting into towel origami on a Carnival Cruise. This was disappointing. There were some okay ideas but all in all I would spend the $$ buying the Carnival Cruise towel origami book instead of this one. I bought this thinking that there would be ideas for a towel wedding cake. Thier version isn't near as pretty as the ones that I found searching online. Skip this one and buy the cruise one on EBAY.
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This book was exactly what I was looking for. It will make anyone a pro at towel animals. The pictures are clear as are the directions. I liked that their were actual pictures of every step throughout the process. The directions were easy to follow.
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There are a few books out on towel origami but this is by far one of the best. Alison's book is a lot easier to follow than other books out there. This being said, I still found it much easier to learn towel origami by watching DVDs available on the subject. I'm someone that needs to see it done rather than reading about it. The quality of the book is very nice and you can tell she put a lot of work into it. If you like to learn by reading instructions and seeing still pictures then get this book.
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