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The Wilton Historical Society hosts a Valentine’s Day card-making workshop in Scherenschnitte for children

Scherenschnitte Valentine’s Day card making workshop for children on Saturday 5 February from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Wilton Historical Society

According to Quiet Valley Historical Farm in Stroudsburg, PA, “Scherenschnitte (pronounced something like Sharon-Sh-knit-a) is the German and Pennsylvania tradition of cutting paper. Traditionally, these paper designs were made by folding the paper and cutting it to create a continuous design similar to childhood crafts of making paper snowflakes or paper dolls that hold hands.

On Saturday, February 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Wilton Historical will be offering a Valentine’s Day card-making workshop for children, featuring scherenschnitte and its popular designs of hearts and flowers. The workshop will be led by museum educator Catherine Lipper, who will talk about the history and customs of Valentine’s Day and its growing popularity during the Victorian era, and, of course, the scherenschnitte. Children will make their own heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cards and sugar cookies with scherenschnitte-inspired decoration. Soft!

Suggested for ages 6 to 10. Members: $ 10 per child; Non-members $ 15 per child.

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Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton CT 06897 www.wiltonhistorical.org

Did you know?

“In the beginning, scherenschnitte were often used as decorative pieces for birth certificates, love letters and marriage certificates. These tended to incorporate flowers, birds, and hearts. As paper was originally expensive, old letters or newspapers were often used. It offers a unique glimpse into the lives of the people who made them. In Victorian times, the scherenschnitte was used to make shelf paper for cupboards, cake doilies or table decorations.

Scherenschnitte can also create a picture or tell a story. For the Germans, many cutouts of images were based on folk tales. These images typically featured people and activities, which has a lot in common with the French tradition of silhouette cuts. The silhouettes, white images on black paper, were often inexpensive forms of artwork. They were much cheaper than the paintings. – Historic Quiet Valley Farm, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania