Scherenschnitte: designs and techniques for the traditional craft of papercutting
As a child did you ever fold a piece of paper and cut out several paper dolls, then unfold them and string them out? If so, you've been introduced to scherenschnitte, even if you still can't pronounce it (scheren=shears; schnitte=snip or cut). This traditional handicraft has produced works of unsurpassed intricacy by cutting figures from folded paper. It's one of the most portable of crafts -- all you need is scissors, a craft knife, a pencil, and paper. The creations you can make feature scenes that can be romantic, realistic, or fantastic, featuring animals, plants, and people in extravagant variety. The basics of cutting are quickly learned. So are such techniques as folded cutwork, free-form or open cutting, cutting with a border, using a craft knife, positive-negative cutwork, cutting colored paper, and using scherenschnitte to decorate eggs.