The Cranes Released

Our school auction was this past weekend. Rooms full of flowering branches and origami cranes. I must say, it looked really beautiful in its simplicity. (Many of those cranes have been hanging in my studio for a few weeks and I was kind of sad to see them go.) The multi-colored ones pictured above were the 1000 cranes folded by Ian’s 2nd grade class, and were hung from branches on either side of the stage. (We’re planning to give a strand of cranes to each of the kids, the rest for the teacher.) The 3 silent auction rooms were designated by color, the 1st one was white, 2nd was pink, and the 3rd was blue. We folded monochromatic cranes and made simple arrangements in single colors to coordinate and designate which area was which.


Being involved in school events like this every year remind me of how much energy it takes from a school’s community to pull it off. Of course its the kids we are really doing all this for, but I love the parents I am surrounded by, and really enjoy getting to know new ones every year, so much positive energy. It makes all the hard work so much more fun.

  • Erin | house on hill road

    March 17, 2010 at 5:08 am

    great work on that auction, blair!
    and i can’t wait to see your hills and hollers. you finished that one pretty dang fast!

  • jen j-m

    March 17, 2010 at 5:14 am

    gorgeous, gorgeous. perfect. filing this idea away for future auctions…

  • wishes, true and kind

    March 17, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Those cranes are wonderful — very eye-catching! It looks like it was a wonderful event!

  • mommycoddle

    March 17, 2010 at 6:23 am

    blair it looks amazing. i wish i could have seen it in person.
    enjoy your slow knitting. i’ve been doing a lot of that lately, too. 🙂

  • Karen at sew and sow life

    March 17, 2010 at 6:32 am

    i am a devotee of folded cranes, and have written about them a few times over at my place. i have one, hung with beads, hanging from my rearview mirror, reminding me to *breathe* when i drive. also have a mobile, floating on a branch at our place in VT.
    yours are stunning, in their number and color!
    very, very beautiful.

  • Pam

    March 17, 2010 at 7:28 am

    beautiful cranes; well done! enjoy a relaxing week.

  • Molly Irwin

    March 17, 2010 at 7:30 am

    what a dramatic backdrop for a fundraiser. They look stunning.

  • Lynn in Tucson

    March 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Just stunning, Blair. Nice job!
    My yoga studio has a beaded string of cranes hanging in the window and I keep meaning to make one for the house. I’ll have to get the kid on that.
    (My Abby folded mini turtles last night. Maybe she and Emma could have an exchange.)

  • Rachael

    March 17, 2010 at 9:15 am

    not usually a fan of origami, but LOVE the white birds with the white branches! what a beautiful show piece…i can’t wait to show some of my brides!

  • blair/wisecraft

    March 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Its so fun to watch them get the hang of it, yes? Perhaps a summer exchange?

  • Wendy

    March 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    How beautiful–and what a lot of hard work! can’t wait to see the quilt!

  • Allison

    March 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    It’s quite stunning. Wow, I can’t even imagine all that folding, so impressive.

  • House Numbers

    March 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I have always had a thing for cranes. they’re just beautiful!


    March 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Wow! They look amazing, looks like all of your folding paid off!

  • Anne

    March 18, 2010 at 4:00 am

    They look absolutely fabulous! Well done to all.

  • hillary

    March 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    these are so awesome. love all the colors!

  • Olugbemisola (Mrs. Pilkington)

    March 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    just breathtaking! my daughter just did some origami frogs with her art teacher, and she’s hooked. i know what you mean about school community…and the need for some slow knitting. enjoy.

  • shanna murray

    March 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Blair, this is stunning. What a lot of hard work, it must be so gratifying to be surrounded by such a dedicated community. I remember what great energy there was at their school, you could feel the love walking through those halls. Wish I could have seen these in person. Well done! Glad to hear you’ve slowed the pace and are tucking in a bit to recuperate. xo

  • Lilly Higgins

    March 19, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Wow! This is amazing! It’s brilliant to have so many kids involved too, I actually still haven’t got the hang of making these things. They look fantastic, I’d love a chandelier style structure of these on the ceiling in my living room! Well done everyone involved x

  • Alicia A.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    BEA-utiful, Blair!

  • Sammie

    March 29, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Wow! These look amazing…how did you get the cranes into a chain? I would love to do this for my bedroom- just moved house and my room is plain white =(
    TIA xxx

  • blair/wisecraft

    March 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Thank you Sammie! I kept meaning to talk about how I made them into a chain… I used a clear sequin to space each one out a little on the monofilament. Just used a needle that would fit through the sequin, threaded the monofilament through once, then looped back around and came through the hole again, then stuck the needle straight up through the crane (sorry crane!), and the crane rested on the sequin. Once I got the hang of it, it went very fast.

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