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The Morning Glory / Carnation
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the design known as the Morning Glory. 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.

In the Morning Glory design, a circular cut is used to shape the head of the flower. In the Carnation the cut is more complex and is used to create a ragged edge. A verison of the fold without cuts can be used to create a Hydrangea.



As far as I know this cut design first appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was published in Japan in 1931.



'Origami Moyo, Book Two' by Kawarazaki Kodo, which was published in Japan in 1935, contains a print titled 'asagao' (which means 'morning glory') and is probably meant to illustrate this design.



Both the 'Morning Glory' and the 'Carnation' appear as 'Flowers' in 'Origami: Book One' by Florence Sakade, which was published by the Charles E Tuttle Company in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo in 1957.



The Morning Glory also appears in 'The World of Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published in the USA by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1965.

The Independent Creativity chapter shows how a 'Carnation' can be made by varying the shape of the cut.



'Origami in the Classroom: Book 2: Activities for winter through summer' by Chiyo Araki, which was published by Charles E Tuttle Co Inc in 1968, contains diagrams for both the Carnation and the Moring Glory and uses the uncut version to create a Hydrangea'