The paper smoothed beneath my fingers
Creased in perfect lines with
Sharpened corners easing up my nerves
Focusing the mind on things
Other than my worldly woes
And soon my crane is ready to take flight
To show them all a stronger version of myself.
There is a girl that I am friends with on Facebook who has had a bit of a mental health issue lately. I don’t know her well but her posts pop up on my wall and so I have followed her story this year.
When things appeared to go a bit wrong for her she turned to crafting to help her through this dark time. I love crafting and crochet is my craft of choice. But this girl got me interested in origami.
She has started making Christmas wreaths and garlands and they were so pretty that I thought I would have a go. After all, as a teacher I am drowning in scrap paper that is just calling out to be folded.
There is just something so soothing about smoothing down those creases and ending up with something that looks like an animal. It takes me away from the world and is so pleasing in such a short amount of time. No more working away for six months on a blanket – I can get the same level of satisfaction in five minutes flat (sort of).
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I’m glad you’ve found pleasure in origami, Rachel. I don’t do it, myself, but I know that a lot of people love it, and I can imagine the peace you can find just folding, shaping, and creating. I hope you’ll post pictures of some of your creations.
I will. I want to try a few different animals. There are some amazing ones online – perhaps a bit too advanced for me!
I also find origami to be a soothing craft. I know that you love books. Have you ever made a corner bookmark with origami? I think you can find instructions on youtube. Merry Christmas!
I’m going to look it up and have a go over the weekend. Merry Christmas!