Program Meeting
Saturday, January 22, 1-3pm
On Zoom
Look for Zoom link on Friday, January 21!
Valentine open
The Victorian Puzzle Purse Valentine
wth Connie Stricks
Join us for our first meeting of 2022!


Our 2022 programs will again focus on fabulous foldable structures. First up is The Victorian Puzzle Purse Valentine, taught by Connie Stricks and just in time for February 14!


Puzzle purses are origami-style foldables that became popular for sending love notes in the 18-19th centuries. During the Victorian period they were used as baptismal certificates as well as valentines and could contain anything from a lock of hair to a poem or message of love.


We will learn how to create puzzle purses and make small boxes to hold them based on a design by Cheryl Moote. There will not be time to embellish your puzzle purses at the meeting – they require time to decorate because there are so many surfaces, and you won’t want to rush it! – but Connie will share her embellished examples to provide lots of inspiration.


9” and 12” square pieces of paper* (2-3 of each would be good)
12” square or 11×14” sheet of Strathmore 80 lb. drawing paper*
Rulers – several
Cutting mat with grid
X-acto or utility knife and blades
Bone/Teflon folder*
MacTac* or double stick tape
Pencil and eraser


3” wide ruler is useful for constructing this foldable and box
Metal Edges*


*Available at Paper Birches. See Instruction pdf for suggested papers.  Box Diagram available here.
Paper Birches will be open on January 12 and 19, noon-2pm if you wish to buy paper or tools. There may also be some sheets of donated paper available.