Envelope and Letterfolding Links

ELFA member Paula Versnick’s ELFA pages– perhaps the best overall site on ELFA, complete with a link to the ancient ghh.com site, and a somewhat grumpy, but not wholly unwarranted, swipe at it for my incomplete uploading of content from John Cunliffe’s material, now corrected years and years later with help from the list of credits she typed up and posted on her site 🙂

Conservationist Jana Dambrogio’s beautiful site on historical methods of “letterlocking” – folding and wax sealing letters so they could not be surreptitiously opened

A write up on the life, times and folding endeavors of John Cunliffe, who founded the Envelope and Letterfolding Association in 1988, along with Elsje van der Ploeg and Thoki Yenn.

A remembrance of Founding ELFA member and organizer Elsje van der Ploeg by ELFA member Michel Grand, posted to the British Origami Society site.

Elsje van der Ploeg’s whimsical ELFA website. She died in 2014, the site remains up courtesy of the British Origami Society.

Photos of letterfolds by Michel Grand.

An abandoned blog of envelopes and letterfolds sent between Swamynathan and Elsje van der Ploeg.

A dated (I should talk…) site with photos of folded envelopes sent between Envelope and Letterfold Association members.

A wonderful searchable list of origami folds and which books they are published in. There are 880 hits for “letters and envelopes.” However, there no descriptions of the folds other than the name, rarely any photos, never any instructions on how to fold, and many of the publications are obscure pamphlets published for the attendees of special origami.


There very few origami books that feature many envelope or letterfolds. Origami Stationery by Michael LaFosse and Richard LaFosse is one of the only ones I know of that is currently available.

Historical note:

An old version of this page gravely warned that one of the links lead to a slow loading site with “huge” JPEG image files – the whole massive page of huge images added up to a total of a single megabyte. With the best possible connection using a 56K dial up modem, that 1 megabyte web page took a minimum of 2.5 minutes to download.

By 2016, the average webpage ballooned to 3.5 megabytes. 20 years ago, every image was compressed to death to keep the file sizes to an absolute minimum, for faster reading, and for lower costs from web hosts who charged by the megabyte to serve websites to viewers. Today, some websites set videos to autoplay, and can eat up tens of megabytes on the assumption that you have inexpensive, high speed internet connectivity.

The links to Amazon are “affiliate links”. If you buy something from the link I can get a small cut at no cost to you. You can bypass them by just Googling the book rather than clicking on the link. The price is the same either way. 🙂