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Square Weave Tessellation

Square Weave Tessellation by Eric Gjerde
At first glance, it’s hard to believe that this piece of origami is folded from a single sheet of paper with no cuts or glue.

The front side of the Square Weave Tessellation by Eric Gjerde features a beautiful raised woven pattern, and to make sure that this is not just woven strips of paper you have to flip the paper over to see a set of square twists on the reverse side.

Name: Square Weave Tessellation
Designer: Eric Gjerde
Paper ratio: square
Paper size: 15 cm
Model size: ~ 8.5 cm
Paper: Tant origami paper
Diagram: “Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs” by Eric Gjerde, p. 57
Crease pattern: Square Weave by Eric Gjerde

The reverse side of the Square Weave Tessellation.
Square Weave Tessellation by Eric Gjerde
The picture below shows the front side of the tessellation back-lit.
Square Weave Tessellation by Eric Gjerde

For more information about Eric Gjerde and for some of his origami diagrams and crease patterns I highly recommend you to visit his site

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  1. This is really impressive!

    • Thanks Ana! It’s a very nice pattern indeed.
      What about you – have you tried folding tessellations?

      • im actually quite interested in tessellation’s. i find them a lot more fun to make than other types of folding.

      • im actually quite interested in tessellation’s. i find them a lot more fun to make than other types of folding.

  2. Not yet, I just tried the hydrangea by Shuzo Fujimoto, following the tutorial by Sara Adams, and I love it! But I have a lot to learn, even to make the grid… Tessellation is a incredible work!

    • Interesting! Hydrangea and Clover foldings were my first tessellations too!

      • Um, I know I’m going to sound like a beginner in asking this… What exactly is tessellation, Maria?

        • Well, I don’t know if there is a formal definition for that, but basically an origami tessellation is a flat folding with some kind of geometric pattern repeated throughout. They are folded from a single sheet of paper (not necessarily square, though) without cuts or glue.

  3. Beautiful! Congrats!!

    • Thank you Raffaela!

  4. thats a beautiful design. I wanna apply it to my fashion designs, do you have the patterns that maybe you can share?

    • Hi Tamara! I don’t think I have rights to share the diagram here because of copyright issues, but there are some free diagrams and crease patterns at Eric’s site
      And you can also contact him personally there if you want to use something in particular for your fashion designs!

  5. But the question is, how do you make it?

    • I made it following the instructions in the book I mentioned!
      Basically, you fold a grid first (32*32 in my case), then you add more creases according to the pattern you work with (I scored them with a ruler and a bone folder) and finally you collapse all twists along those lines flat.
      It was not particularly easy, but very satisfying in the end.

  6. Hey…This tessellation is awesome
    I keep Looking at the pictures then I finally figure out how to make it
    I made it and it looks cool

    • Wow, that’s great, congratulations!:)

  7. Made a purple one. So beautiful!

  8. OMG!! It’s so amazing!! Can I use that in my new fashion trends, please? :3 You’re so talented <3

  9. Maria, your work on this tessellation is very beautiful! But how did you make the square twists on the 32*32 grid?

  10. Very cool tessellation design!

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