For the past twenty-two years, Dottie Netherton of Edenton has been practicing scherenschnitte, or the art of cutting an image into paper, generally cutting away the background and leaving the shape of the paper to form the desired image. The art, which dates back 1,000 year to China, evolved in Europe, and came to America in the 1700s. The craft was popular in North Carolina's early colonial towns. Netherton originally cut from patterns, but as her skill progressed, she made her own designs, incorporating traditional elements, such as hearts, flowers, birds, and Biblical themes. Her work is sold in about twenty stores from Pennsylvania to Kentucky and beyond.