Saturday, February 20, 2010

I Heart Schnitzels

Last Thursday, my friend, Amanda, and I signed up to take a German paper cutting class called "scherenschnitte."  It means "scissor cuts" in German.  Neither of us could pronounce this, so we decided to refer to the class as schnitzeling.  (Yes, I know that schnitzel is a sausage, but it's the closest we could come to pronouncing the word.)

So on Thursday, we found ourselves trekking across NC State's godforsaken campus, full of pot holes and road construction, to the Pullen Arts Center (we made it there after two or three attempts despite using a GPS).  The class, however, was worth the trouble.  Our instructor was very knowledgeable and friendly.  She provided us with special scissors for cutting, different weights of cutting paper, a light table, and a packet of templates to try.  We had two hours to cut and snip to our heart's content.  Amanda and I both tried the hardest patterns the instructor had to offer.  I figured, if I'm taking the class, I want to be able to show I learned something.

Here the are the patterns we tried:

Scherenschnitte Class

My Scherenschnitte

Amanda's Scherenschnitte

Amanda's Scherenschnitte
And here are the results:

Voila!  My ScherenschnitteVoila!  Amanda's Scherenschnitte
With a little extra time at the end of class, I decided to try and create some of my own miniature schitznels.  They didn't turn out as well as I had liked, but it gave me ideas for the future...

Scherenschnitte Bonanza

Although scherenschnitte can be killer on your hands (those scissors are just so small), I can see myself trying it again the future.  Einen schönen Tag noch!

I Heart Scherenschnitte

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."
- George Bernard Shaw


  1. I think it is safe to say that we did the best in the class. I can't wait to try it again! I think I see a schnitzeling afternoon at my house in the near future and we can try the other patterns and make some of our own. You in?

  2. Sure. I actually schnitzeled today, too. I'm working on an underwater schnitzel scene.

  3. Definitely the kind of think that keeps naproxen sodium on the generic market.

  4. Your schnitzels are a million times more pretty than the chicken variety!



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