It has been more than a year since I was last on this site. Unfortunately life caught up with me for a while. Now I'm back and happy to see some familiar names and as always wonderful and creative projects.
Last January I started learning Scherenschnitte and Wycinanki from a book I got for Christmas. After three months I have gone from beginner to advanced, that is how easy this paper cutting craft is! Here are some of the recent cutting I have done.
This piece 8 x 8 inches and was a challenge. From the center tulips it develops into four trees with a sun or moon atop. Around the inside middle are geese and dripping from the tree branches are a series od connected hearts. One of the things I love about Scherenschnitte is that when looking closely at the lace you start to see that it is made up of flowers and animal images. This image is from a set of patterns called "Sheer Pleasure" by Alison Cosgrove Tanner.
This is one of the most challenging cuttings and one of my favorites. This pattern is part of the "Shear Pleasure" patterns. It is so delicate that at first I had to enlarge the pattern to cut it. I found that by enlarging the pattern it helped to know where the "hardest" parts of the pattern were before trying at the original pattern size. Most of the patterns took three tries to master. The cutting is 5.5 x 4.25 inches. Under each swan is a lacy pattern made of tiny swans! It would make a beautiful Valentine.
This monster is from the book "Pennsylvania Dutch Halloween Scherenschnitte" by Peter Fritsch. This is great book for people who love Halloween. Each cutting comes with a poem the original entry is displayed in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect with an English translation. The monster is a hill that the children are walking on. If you look carefully the children form the monsters ears!
This circle is from the pattern called "Wycinanki" by Susanne R. Cook-Greuter. The flowers are carnations surrounded by lacy flowers and leaves. This cutting is 8 inches in diameter.
So far I have cut 99 different patterns in the last three months and there are many more patterns out there to cut. I hope that this inspires you to try this ancient form of paper crafting.
Thanks for looking, I appreciate any comments.