Parchment Craft – How to Cut Crosses and Picot Edges

CUTTING CROSSES

Practise make perfect!

Make a group of four holes using a 4 Needle tool or Quad tool, always approach the far side holes in the group of four, put your scissor tips into the holes lower and twist the scissor points to the left and snip.

 

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CUT THE FIRST PAIR OF HOLES:

Approach the hole so that when you cut the tooth or V will point to the centre of the group of four holes.

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CUT THE SECOND PAIR OF HOLES:

Turn the parchment one quarter turn and approach the next set of two holes in the same way so that the tooth or V points to the centre of four holes.

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CUT THE THIRD PAIR OF HOLES:

Turn the parchment one quarter turn and approach the next set of two holes in the same way.

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CUT THE FINAL PAIR OF HOLES:

Turn the parchment one quarter turn and cut the last pair of holes in the same way. Remove any tag still hanging by rubbing gently with your finger.

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This method should give you a neat cross shape, it is always difficult at first, but once you have practised for a while it becomes easier and the cross will look neater.

 

CUTTING A PICOT EDGE

You will need Perga cutters or Parchment Scissors, parchment paper and a twin needle tool (this one is Bold).  All instructions are for the right handed.

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Instructions:
Perforate with the twin needle tool, neat evenly spaced holes. Snipping in the same way as cutting crosses. Place the very tips of the points of the cutters/ scissors into the first two holes.

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Lower the cutters / scissors so that they are almost parallel to the parchment and keeping the cutters pointing straight (at a right angle to the perforations) twist slightly to the left (anti-clockwise) and snip.

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Always move the parchment around to make the snipping easier. You should end up with neat little V shaped teeth along the edge. Hope this is helpful – just keep practising.

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