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Old 01-17-2005, 02:21 PM   #1  
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Default Moronic Iris folding question. (!)

OK, I'll admit it: I'm a moron. I don't get HOW they got the center of the iris folding (in Beate's Leadership photos) to end up PERFECTLY square every time.

I'm familiar with iris folding and have tried it a bit, but, am baffled as to how to achieve the perfectly square center.

The only thing I can guess, is that instead of working from the back, you actually work from the front, and from the center outwards, as opposed to the traditional way.

Can anybody enlighten me? TIA for any help.
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Old 01-17-2005, 02:29 PM   #2  
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I'm not sure I totally understand the question - but you do start from the outside in, and work on the back. If you use four colors, and the pattern you are using shows a square in the center, you will end up with a square in the center. If you only use three colors, you will get a triangle. Five colors gives you a pentagon, etc. Does this help at all?
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Old 01-17-2005, 02:35 PM   #3  
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What you're saying makes sense, but I guess how I need to sit down and try what you said.

If I make a pattern to guide me, do I need to draw a square in the center first, and then draw the angled lines outward???
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Old 01-18-2005, 08:40 AM   #5  
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Old 01-18-2005, 11:05 AM   #6  
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i dont understand iris folding period.. how do you iris fold? it looks so complicated.
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I don't know how to iris fold either but sure would like to learn.

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I don't even know how to iris fold! I haven't been that crazy about it, until I saw how it was used on the cards from Leadership.

So, I guess this is just another bump for ya!
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I don't even know how to iris fold! I haven't been that crazy about it, until I saw how it was used on the cards from Leadership.

So, I guess this is just another bump for ya!
Off the subject but how interesting is this. Both you and I joined SCS on the same day and our member # is just one digit apart! I'm #4017.

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I've never tried it, so I'm not sure. But here is a visual:

http://www.cardsandcrafts.freeservers.com/irisinst.html

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Old 01-18-2005, 12:04 PM   #11  
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In answer to the perfect square question...yes you would create a pattern with the center being a perfect square and work your way out on the pattern. When laying the paper down, you will work from the outside in. There are directions online that can help you with how to create a pattern.

Iris paper folding is very cool and very easy to do. I actually started with Iris paper folding before I started rubber stamping. You can find patterns on the web, just search for Iris paper folding. It's easiest to do if you find a pattern that uses something like Fiskars shapes, so that you can easily cut your frame. You will start with a piece of cardstock...cut the center into the shape you are making....IE heart, circle, oval, rectangle, whatever. Lay it face down over the pattern and adhere your cardstock so that it won't move on you (either with removable adhesive right on the front or I find a simple small piece of scotch tape on the tip of the corners to work well). Your pattern will have a shape in the middle. For each line on the inside shape you need one color or design of fancy paper. You can use scrapbooking paper, wallpaper, handmade paper, vellum, wrapping paper or anything else that works for you. Your pattern will be numbered starting with 1 and going around the outside of the shape, working it's way into the middle. Your strips should be cut in 3/4 - 1 inch, I prefer 1 inch. Fold your strips in half lenthwise so you have a strip approximately 1/2 inch thick. Choose in which order you want to lay your paper and lay your strips out in that order in front of you. Start with the first and cut it to fit just over section labeled 1. You will lay the folded edge on the line of your pattern....tape it on both ends and then move to the second strip and the second line. WOW..as I type this I wonder if it's making sense....if not, like I said there is tons of info on the web, just search by Iris Paper folding...there are also Yahoo groups for this craft too....Anyway, work your way around that pattern and in. When you get to your inner shape, you will either put a picture in the inside if you are making an iris paper folded frame for your scrapbook or put a piece of fancier paper in the center. For my centers I usually use something shiney...gold, siver or in a pinch aluminum foil. Keep in mind, as you are going around the pattern, you are seeing the back and won't see the progress until you turn it over. As a suggestion, I find it easiest to work with a pattern either in a page protector or laminated. I hope this helps
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There are some great books with Iris folding patterns and instructions. I have 3 by Maruscha Gaasenbeek and Tine Beauveser. They are from Belgium where Iris Folding got it's start. Originally, you would use the colored/patterned insides of envelopes as your paper. Anyway, you can find these books on Amazon.com and are fairly inexpensive.
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wow.. that looked easy for a beginner.. i want to try this when i get home.
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Really, ALL I wanna know is how to do the ones I saw in the Leadership photos. That's all I wanna know!

I understand how to do the others but, I'm really not "into" paper folding on a regular basis. I found the iris folding intriguing because it LOOKS so impressive and it's so DARN EASY! REMEMBER? I'M LAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

LOL!

But, I sit here banging my head trying to figure out HOW to get the resulting square in the center, based on the size I'm guessing is done in the photos of the samples . . . sigh . . . How big is the main aperature, etc.

It's driving me NUTS!
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I KNOW ya'all are gonna wanna shove some cheese down my throat to go with this "whine" . . .

But I REALLY wanna know how this was done! I have a workshop this weekend, and the hostess is a quilter. This would really knock her socks off . . .

I found a square iris template, but it's on the huge side. Is there a way to adapt it? I do not have resizing capabilities on my copy machine . . .

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I FIGURED IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geeze, took me 2 days, but I FIGURED IT OUT!!!!!




Sorry to have been such a pest about it . . . I'm just SO slow with stuff like this . . .
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Hey, Julie...
Now that you know, are you going to show us how to do it??
All of the links listed above look so much more complicated than Beate's cards...
Don't worry... I can wait until you are done prepping for your weekend...
Hope your workshop/class goes well!!

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Julie,
I have noticed how sometimes quilting patterns could be used in stamping, and it totally intrigues me.

I have a card in my gallery that's Iris Folding. Most of the patterns in my book had openings in them, but I just wanted to fold some papers for a card, so used the one pattern they had. I created my own paper, on marbled typing paper that I had. (There was some in the book but I didn't use it.)

Um, let's see if I can figure out how to include a link.

http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...cat=500&page=1

Let's see if that works.
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We just did a make and take of one of the iris folding cards from leadership and got the square pattern. I will post the pattern hopefully tomorrow but it is too late to play with the scanner tonight.
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