Scherenschnitte, which literally means "scissors cutting," is a lovely old Swiss-German folk art tradition. Pronounced share-en-schnit-ta, this venerable technique was introduced to colonial America by the Pennsylvania Dutch, who applied it in intricate and symmetrical designs on marriage and birth certificates, silhouettes, valentines, and love letters.
Now Paper Cutting Old & New makes this ancient craft come alive, with easy step-by-step instructions and complete full-sized patterns for snipping your own framed treasures, holiday ornaments, unique cards, scrapbook pages, and much more. Add a touch of old-fashioned elegance to your art with easy-to-follow instructions for false-grain painting that will turn even the plainest frame into a conversation piece.
"Paper Cutting Old & New is a wonderful addition to the dissemination of the Pennsylvania German culture. This publication successfully introduces in a clear and concise manner an important piece of history to the modern crafter who wishes to be a part of a long running tradition."
-- Jennifer Royer, Museum Curator
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Carole Behrer has been interested in folk art for most of her life. She was introduced to the art of Theorem painting, Scherenschnitte and false-graining by her mother, Jane Davies, who lived and worked at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Carole has been creating Scherenschnitte for over 19 years, and Theorem painting for 17. She has lived with her husband John at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summitt, MO, for over 23 years, and they have three children. Cccarole has been a juried member of BOMH since 1995, and was selected as one of Early American Life's 200 Best Craftsmen.
Suzanne McNeill is often known as a Trendsetter for arts and cratts. Dedicated to hands-on creativity, she constantly tests, experiments and invents something new and exciting. Suzanne is the woman behind Design Originals, a publishing cmpany dedicated to all things fun and creative. She is a designer, artist, columnist, TV personality, publisher, art instructor, author and lover of everything hands-on. She was the 2011 winner of the Craft and Hobby Association's Industry Achievment Award .