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Episode 534

By folding and cutting origami paper, master paper cutter Olga Ponce Furginson produces beautiful Hawaiian Quilt patterns from which she spins off small paper cuttings suitable for framing. These paper works of art may become part of a wall display, make lovely hand-made gift to give, or they may be used for book covers.

scissors (small, pointed)
craft knife (with pointed blade for the intricate areas)
origami paper, 9 3/4" square (use different colors for cut and background)


  1. Fold the paper as shown in Figures 1, 2, and 3.
  2. Staple pattern to the folded paper where you see this line"-".
  3. Cut out the pattern.
  4. Paste your paper cut on a contrast color.
Guest Olga Ponce Furginson may be contacted at the address, phone or fax number listed below.

Hawaiian quilt patterns and traditional paper cutting patterns
Olga Ponce Furginson Studio
2298 Rose Ave. #114
Signal Hill, CA 90806
Phone: 562-997-9053
Fax: 562-997-9842

At the 1998 Santa Fe Doll Art show, held annually, Carol's cameras were able to capture an incredible array of wonderful, one-of-a-kind dolls from innumerable talented artists. With a spokesperson like Jean Wiley, founder of the event, and doll artists like Nancy Wiley, Peter Coe, Marilyn Huston, Charles Batte, and Sheryl Williams, this event continues to be a showcase for spectacular handmade dolls.

For further information about artists featured at the 1998 or for additional details of upcoming shows, please contact:

Santa Fe Doll Art
124 Alma Rd.
Bournemouth, Dorset
BH9 1AL England
Phone/Fax: 011-44-1202-567159

On the show, Carol showed a book that is written for children but is so charming in its presentation, concept and contents that Carol feels it is not only a wonderful book for its target audience, but is worth the attention of adults as well. Kids Knitting is exactly what the title implies: There are many pictures of children - both boys and girls - knitting, and many more pictures of the items they have knit. Step-by-step diagrams accompany easy-to-understand directions. Best of all, the projects are not only realistically easy, but made up in such wonderful colors and used in such creative ways (an afghan for a llama?) that they do NOT look like "Knitting 101."

An added bonus: Along with directions on how to knit, the book includes directions for making your own knitting needles.

  1. Cut a 1/2" dowel into two 14" lengths.
  2. Insert one end of dowel into a pencil sharpener and sharpen to a point. With an emery board or fine sandpaper, smooth off the point so it is rounded rather than sharp.
  3. The other ends of the needles can be wrapped with rubber bands to keep any knitting from sliding off. The book, however, suggested making balls of wildly colored polymer clay, then pushing the end of the needle into the ball and, after baking, gluing ball to end to hold it in place.
Carol also tried using bamboo skewers as needles. Though they are much smaller in circumference, they worked beautifully. Again, the points need to be dulled with an emery board or sandpaper.

Knitted Hat
From a pattern for a knitted ball that a viewer sent to Carol in the 1970s, Carol knit a hat using four-ply yarn and No. 10 needles. The dowel needles, although a size or two smaller, could also be used.

  1. Cast on 28 stitches.
  2. Row 1: Knit all 28 stitches. Turn.
  3. Row 2: Knit to within 8 sts. of the end (20 sts). Turn work and knit back to beginning of row. Turn.
  4. Row 3: Knit to within 6 sts of the end (22 sts). Turn work and knit back to beginning of row. Turn.
  5. Row 4: Knit to within 4 sts. of the end (24 sts). Turn work and knit back to beginning of row. Turn.
  6. Continue in this manner until you are once again knitting all 28 sts. Repeat pattern ten times. Cast off leaving a long thread of yarn. Fold knitted piece in half and sew the two ends together to form the hat. Done!

  • Add a pom-pom or tassel to the top of the hat.
  • Alternate colors every group of rows or make every grouping a different color.
  • Cast on many more than 28 sts. so you have a longer hat and turn back a brim.

    Knitted Ball
    A ball can be made following the same basic idea but this time you will turn back before coming to the end of the row on BOTH ends of the needle. The actual numbers would be as follows:

    1. Cast on 298 sts. Knit across one row and turn.
    2. Knit 20 sts. Turn.
    3. Knit 12 sts. Turn.
    4. Knit 14 sts. Turn.
    5. Knit 16 sts. Turn.
    6. Continue in this manner, increasing by two the number of sts. you knit in each row until you are again knitting across all 28 sts. This completes one section. Continue knitting until you have ten such sections before binding off. To make a multicolored ball, change the color yarn for each section.
    Kids Knitting: Projects for Kids of All Ages - book by Melanie Falick
    (ISBN #1885183763)
    Artisan Books (Division of Workman Publishing Co., Inc.)
    708 Broadway
    New York, NY 10003
    Toll-free: 800-722-7202 - Order
    Phone: 212-254-5900
    Web site:

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    Updated 5/1/00