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|Patterns from Squares / Rosaces / Rosettes|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of folding decorative patterns from squares.
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If the Froebelian tradition such patterns and decorations are known as Folds of Beauty. In the French manual work educational tradition they were commonly referred to as 'rosaces' which I translate as Rosettes.
Patterns from the Doubly Blintzed Square
'Exercices et Travaux pour les Enfants Selon la Méthode et les Procédés de Pestalozzi et de Froebel' by Fanny and Charles Delon, which was published by Librairie Hachette in Paris in 1873, contains illustrations of five such patterns, three from one side and two from the other,
Patterns from the Windmill Base
'Exercices et Travaux pour les Enfants Selon la Méthode et les Procédés de Pestalozzi et de Froebel' by Fanny and Charles Delon, which was published by Librairie Hachette in Paris in 1873, contains illustrations of Rosettes 1, 2 and 3.
'Cours de Travail Manuel (Pour les Garcons) - Premiere Partie - Cours Elementaire' by A Planty, which was published by Gedalge Jeune in Paris in 1887 contains instructions for making four rosettes from the windmill base.
une jolie rosace / Rosette 1
3e rosace / Rosette 1a (variant)
4e rosace / Rosette 3a
There are references to rosaces folded from squares, but no illustrations to allow them to be identified, in the 'Bulletin de la Societe de Protection des Apprentis', an official document issued by the Societe de Protection des Apprentis et des Enfants Employes par les Manufactures in Paris in 1891.
'Le Travail Manuel a L'ecole Primaire' by Jully & Rocheron, which was published by Librairie Classique Eugene Belin in Paris in 1892, contained instructions for making several decorations derived from the windmill base under the title 'Rosaces a 4 pointes'.
This section also explains a way of mounting two windmill bases (one folded from paper half the size of the other) inside each other and that the various rosettes can then be folded from the smaller base.
Rosettes 1, 2 and 3 also feature in 'L'enseignement manuel dans les ecoles du degre primaire (garcons)' by Rene Leblanc, which was published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1895.
The same three designs appear in 'Geometrie, Dessin et Travaux Manuels - Cours Moyen', produced under the direction of M E. Cazes, which was published by Librairie Ch. Delagrave in Paris in 1895.
'Distractions Enfantines' by Marie Koenig, which was published by Librairie Hachette et Cie in Paris in 1910, explains how to make a Jewellery Box covered in simple windmill base decorations and how to develop this decoration into a Golden Frame.
A design called 'Cuadrado Imbricado Roseta' appears in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940