Border Collie

I am posting every day throughout World Origami Days 2015. For day 2, the model is a Border Collie by Quentin Trollip. Border Collies are traditional working dogs, which is why they make good farm pets and sheep dogs.

It’s easy to see why Border Collies are such popular dogs. They are one of the more intelligent breeds, they are playful, energetic and generally very pretty. They have a shiny black & white coat and are well proportioned.

Trollip’s model reflects this, right down to the pose he suggests for the model. Or, at least it does when he folds it! This is my first attempt at this model and although I’m generally happy with it, there are a few things I need to work on before I’m completely satisfied. The head is too big, the eyes are too small and the tail is a bit thick. I will remake this and see if I can improve that.

Diagrams for this can be found in Trollip’s book Origami Sequence, available from Origami Shop. It’s a high intermediate to complex model, so although it’s not easy, it is fairly accessible for most people to make. In his notes that accompany the diagrams in the book, Trollip notes that the folding sequence is logical, without many really unusual folds. He says that most types of paper can be used for this design – even kami, and acceptable results can be achieved even with thicker paper types. I’m not sure I’d agree with this. I folded this one out of 24cm kami, and the model gets quite thick towards the end. This definitely hinders shaping the final model and I would recommend something thinner to get pleasing curves in the body shape. It also means that shaping will take longer, extending the half an hour Trollip says is needed for this model.

Difficulty: high intermediate to complex
Paper: black and white square. At least 20cm. Kami will do, but thinner paper is recommended.
Time to fold: about half an hour, plus shaping.