Category Archives: DIY

Chinese Checkers aren’t from China

I have been working on an artist’s book for the March #areyoubookenough_hexagon challenge on Instagram. It includes a game of Chinese Checkers. In doing some research I discovered that Chinese Checkers are not Chinese at all.

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Square Sequence Scarf/Shawl

Last summer when it was too hot to knit with wool, I knit several cotton scarves using the same pattern. The lower two in the image have been blocked, but the top one has not. After some enquiries about the … Continue reading

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Another post with a lot of white images

I finished the backing for L is for Lettering this week. Here it is with just the sewing done:

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DIY Valentine 2020

It’s the beginning of February, and time for the annual Byopia Press DIY Valentine. This year’s design began with a heavily photoshopped version of a lipstick-ey kiss. The card uses an interesting mechanism that I saw on the Internet last … Continue reading

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The Frank Fold: a reduced version of Hedi Kyle’s Franklin Fold, with an optional cover

As promised last week, here is a slightly simplified version of Hedi Kyle’s Franklin Fold from The Art of the Fold by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol. I call it the Frank Fold, since Frank is a slightly reduced version … Continue reading

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Boxing Day and an Index for the Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019

Day One and How to Make a Square Piece of Paper Day Two and an Origami Bookmark Day Three and a Menko CD Case Day Four and Jam Tarts Day Five and a Modular Star/Wreath Day Six and a Modular … Continue reading

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Twenty-four and Paper Crowns

If you have the kind of festive gathering at which people like to wear paper crowns, you might consider making your own.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Twenty-three and Some Modular Stars

If you have both the time and the ambition, you might want to tackle today’s star. It is a cut-and-fold design inspired by the modular origami of Tomoko Fuse. The completed star measures about 23 cm/9 in high by 24 … Continue reading

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Eighteen and an Origami Ornament

You can make one of these paper ornaments from a square of paper, a length of cotton cord, and some wooden beads from a dollar store. (The ornament on the left is sometimes referred to as a “German Bell”.)

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Seventeen and Some Napkin Rings

(My apologies to those of you who were confused when this was posted briefly yesterday and then withdrawn. To the five people who read the post before it disappeared, I hope you didn’t miss yesterday’s post in all the muddle!) … Continue reading

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