Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


Spools / Yarn Holders
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper spools / yarn holders. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


There is a design for 'Het garenklosje' (the yarn spool), an otherwise unknown crease and collapse design from a 2:3 rectangle divided into thirds in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers', which was written by Elise Van Calcar and published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.


This design appears in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896. It is not named but is probably intended to be a yarn spool.