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More than models

Learning to fold specific models is fine for conventions, but I'm here to teach tried-and-true technique and theory so you can understand tessellations on a deeper level.

Once you understand tessellations you'll be able to reverse engineer them from photos, recognize which ones will be harder or easier to fold, and start designing your own patterns.

I emphasize folding twist-based tessellations directly from a grid - no precreasing or difficult collapse needed!

Even while teaching specific models, I always point out global patterns that help with folding many tessellations.

I offer a variety of training formats from individual tutoring to live courses to self-study, over a range of tessellation skill levels from absolute beginner to designer.

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Gathering Folds Courses

For a structured environment to level up your skills and a community to share the journey.

Suitable for all levels, organized in ascending level of difficulty.

Tessellation Foundations

Recorded, Free

~10 hours of recorded lessons

  • Learn to fold square, triangle, and 45 degree grids
  • Learn common patterns folded only on grid lines
  • Learn to cut hexagons from squares and rectangles
  • Learn to fold any odd division on any grid type
  • Learn to recognize and fold single twists



Basic Twists Bootcamp

Recorded, Live Office Hours

10 recorded lessons, monthly office hours

  • Learn to fold the 8 basic twists with simple practice tessellations
  • Learn the 7 simplest tilings and how to fold in them
  • Get your questions answered in live office hour sessions
  • Join a community of like-minded folders
  • Learn to fold tessellations on your own from crease patterns

Tessellation Academy

Monthly Membership

2 tutorials + live workshop each month

  • Learn basic and advanced twists
  • Learn basic and advanced tilings 
  • Study a new topic each month - how to use certain twists, possibilities in a tiling, symmetry choices, etc.
  • Learn design principles for a wide variety of structures
  • Get your questions answered in monthly live workshops

Tess. Starter Sequence

Recorded, Live Office Hours

50 lessons, monthly office hours

  • Learn gridding, basic twists, and basic structures for folding origami tessellations
  • Build a strong foundation with a thorough curriculum
  • Learn to identify the key features and symmetries of a crease pattern
  • Get your questions answered in live office hours
  • Join an encouraging community of tessellation folders

Tessellations By Tiles

Recorded, Live Office Hours

24 core workshops, monthly office hours

  • Learn to fold and design tessellations on 20 tiling patterns
  • Learn the design choices needed to apply symmetries to tilings in multiple ways
  • Gain access to a library of over 150 tessellations of varying levels
  • Learn to reverse engineer tessellations from photos
  • Join an encouraging community of tessellation folders

Project Planning Masterclass

Recorded, Yearly Live Updates

Included in Tessellation Garden (below)

  • Learn how to plan your tessellation project - centering, borders, paper choice, number of grid spacings, etc.
  • Learn how to customize your grid to your pattern
  • Learn how to fold each style of customized grids



Advanced Twist Techniques

Recorded, Yearly Live Updates

  • Learn to fold a variety of advanced twists
  • Learn where each kind of twist can be used
  • Learn to expand symmetries with design equations
  • Get the tools to design with advanced twists
  • Gain access to a library of 60+ crease patterns using these techniques

Smocked Stocking Stitch-A-Long


Using fabric to decorate with tessellations

  • Learn what supplies are needed for a smocking project
  • Learn to prepare your fabric and use a pattern template
  • Learn to stitch your smocking pattern
  • Learn to finish your smocking project as a Christmas stocking




Advent of Tess: enjoy a free series of 25 short tessellation lessons

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Summer of Twists: learn to fold 30 twists used in origami tessellations

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One-on-one Tutoring

For immediate feedback and a customized training plan to reach the tessellation of your dreams.

Suitable for any level of tessellation folder.

Learn the Foundations of Tessellations in 8 projects and grid tutorials

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Patterns and Products

Buy all my 430+ origami tessellation crease patterns in one place, updates included.

Single payment of $194

Buy the Advent of Tess and Summer of Twists ebooks as well as individual patterns.

Starting at $4

Buy individual fabric smocking patterns and pattern packs.

Starting at $4

Buy a paper pack with all the tools you need to fold tessellations.

$118 plus shipping

Buy my favorite paper - Skytone - in multiple colors in my favorite size - 19"x12.5"

$30 plus shipping

Purchase framed tessellations and other finished products.

Starting at $47

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