A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
top level Index Page provides links to other Index Pages
containing information about designs of various types
made from pleated paper. 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.
Pleated designs can be uni-directional or b-directional. Both kinds of designs are included on this page.
Information about pleated designs folded from napkins can be found on the Napkin and Serviette Folding Page.
Troublewit - 1676 onwards
The earliest known mention of Troublewit is in the book 'Sports and Pastimes: or, Sport for the City, and Pastime for the Country; With a touch of Hocus Pocus, or Leger-demain: Fitted for the delight and recreation of Youth' which was printed by H. B. for John Clark, at the Bible and Harp in West-Smithfield, London in 1676.
Paper Alphabets - 1863 onwards
There is a bi-directionally pleated design for 'La Chaise de la princesse' in 'Travaux Recreatifs Pour les Enfants de 4 a 10 Ans' by Marie Koenig, which was published by Librairie Hachette et Cie in Paris in 1898. The author says that the design was folded in front of her by all the children of the 'premiere class de l'ecole maternelle du boulevarde de Belleville, Paris'.