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I am an Artist and Shuttle-Tatted Lace designer. My fiber art designs are handmade and original, created in my home studio. I am a wildflower hunter, tea drinker, and intractable suicide headache survivor, taking life one day at a time.

This is my little space in the world to talk about the joys of designing and creating, my life challenged by a disability, and the people and activities that amuse me.

Live, Love, Tat!

Christmas in July SALE is on!!!

Starting today until the end of the month I have a Christmas in July sale going on in my Etsy shop! You can find all available listings here in the “on sale” section. Below are screenshots of the listings straight from my shop.

Shop early for the holiday season or find early gifts for upcoming office parties or buy the perfect piece of jewelry that you have had your eye on. Only items that come with an option for a different color and are included in the sale in a color other than white, otherwise special requests for custom work will be full price. Feel free to shoot me a message through Etsy, here, Facebook or Instagram if you want more information.

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Earrings BONANZA!

Hi there Peeps! I have been busy in Snappy Tatter-Land again. This time making oodles of earrings that are available now in my Etsy shop. There are new tatting designs, new beading styles, and something for everyone! Here is a gallery of what is new in my shop:


Below you will find an easy and fast direct link under the photo of each of the 22 pairs that are new. As they are sold, the link will go to my shop but not directly to the listing. On the front page of my shop you can find all of what is available (right now over 90 pairs) in my entire earring collection.

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I hope that you see something that you love. I would love to read your comments, too! Next up are more earrings, pendants, one-of-a-kind J Kohr Couture necklaces, and more decorative boxes! I will showcase new work here as it becomes available.

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Bracelets, bracelets, bracelets and NEW Cube Cuff

I was busy making new jewelry when I was struck with pneumonia recently! I was laid up for a couple of weeks but am doing much better now. I am sore from withdrawing from steroids though. My skin feels like it is bruised all over. Anyhoo-I found the time to get down to my huge studio and take pictures of the bracelets I finished a few weeks ago with my new lighting system. My photos are turning out perfectly with little editing needed. It saves so much time to get the photos right the first time.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1042413629

Introducing the NEW Cube Cuff! Shuttle tatted in light blue and a variegated cordonnet that transitions from blues to greens, this design is simple but labor intensive to create. Rings and chains make repeating squares and an outside edge chain adds stability so the shape will be retained perfectly. I also hand beaded rows of tiny green Aurora Borealis coated seed beads between the cubes for a subtle sparkle. Shuttle-tatting is s knotted lace technique that is very durable making this cuff wearable for years. You can find this beautiful cuff in my Etsy shop through the link under the photo.

And there’s more! I completed 5 more bracelets and they are available in my Etsy shop now. First I have a new version of the Chantilly cuff available in charcoal gray with a large Hematite accent bead. Chantilly is one of the first designs I created years ago. It has been sold many times over since the beginning. I wear one in black with no beads.

www.https://www.etsy.com/listing/1041923119

Another early design that I have made over an over is called Effervescence. I made one in soft shell pink with glass beads. I love the color! Delicate looking but every bit as durable as any lacework I make.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1028208008

AND Obsession is the third wide cuff design I created years ago. Currently it is available in 3 listings in my shop. There is a black one with Hematite beading, a charcoal gray one with Hematite tubes shown below and there is a custom listing where you can choose your favorite color and length.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1027959406

I have made a new Halo bracelet with smaller rings and 4mm glass pearls in silver. It’s a modest and simple design. I can totally see a bride or bridesmaid wearing this for the bride’s special day. I always welcome bridal work and have created custom designs for bride’s, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride or groom. I have made ornate sets of jewelry for the whole party and have made simple earrings or a bracelet for a one-of-a-kind accessory.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1041926797

Finally, another new design has been created. I made one in charcoal for my BFF’s birthday. And then I recreated it with fewer beads in go-with-everthing navy. The glass beads are matte with shiny matching seed beads between. It is called “Elegant Infinity” and is based on my simpler Infinity pattern. I have been wanting to expand my bracelet selection lately and adding Cube and Elegant Infinity to my collection of private patterns expands what I have available.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1028210778

That’s it for now! Next I am working on earrings and will post a gallery of what I have made here. I inherited some wonderful gems, crystals and stones from Jay’s sister and am excited to incorporate them into my work for one-of-a-kind creations you won’t find anywhere else!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

New work for sale! I’ve been busy.

Wave bracelet

I recently finished some of my raw lace into jewelry and listed it for sale on Etsy. Above is my new design Halo Wave. The curved bracelet can be worn with the arch facing you or facing away from you. It’s a nice flexible design made from the highest quality cotton tatting cordonnet. Black, charcoal and silver strands of Halo Wave are connected together and hand beaded with silver glass pearls and gunmetal silver-lined Czech glass seed beads.

I also finished 3 new Cocktail rings. Aster in white with yellow Aurora Borealis coated glass beads and a large AB crystal is a new ring design. Aurora Borealis coating adds a beautiful mutilcolor shine to glass beads. It is a double layered cup flower that is small and cute. Mounted permanently on an adjustable base it will fit anyone as all of my Cocktail Rings do.

Two new Flair Cocktail Rings were also finished, one in variegated shades of off white and another in black. The white ring was made from a lightly variegated thread called “mocha latte” and is beaded with cream colored seeds around the edges. Swarovski crystal pearls in white are hand beaded through the rings of the design with a large one for the center. It is mounted permanently on a silver tone adjustable base. The black version has pewter fringe beads tatted around the edge and is embellished with hematite tubes and a blue Czech glass bead center. Mounted on a gunmetal colored adjustable base it is perfect for everyday wear or for you best little black dress.

Two new ready to ship pins are available now as well. The popular Diana 3D stickpin was made in Azalea pink with fine silver lined Czech glass beading in the wingtips. A large pink Swarovski crystal pearl adorns the center. The stickpin she is mounted on is Sterling Silver and 2.75″ long. She is perfect for a jacket, collar, hat, scarf or to add an interesting pop of color to whatever you are wearing. I have a purple Diana stickpin that I frequently wear on my small button up sweaters. She stays 3D forever. I made a new PIXIE butterfly pin too. In heavy weight white tatting cordonnet, I beaded around her entire wings with lavender matte glass beads. The process is tedious as I bring one bead at a time into the lace as the knots are tied. She has a small Swarovski crystal pearl in her center, is stiffened to remain 3D, and is mounted on a small tie tac style gold pin base. Both are fun little flourishes!

Another new design has come to Snappy Tatter-land! Empress is a gorgeous ornate shuttle-tatted cuff that is available in black. I made an orange one for myself too. I wrote about it in yesterday’s post “I forgot the pattern :p”. 35 overlapping rings make the scalloped center. There are 3 more rounds of tatting that are very fine and interesting. You won’t find anything like this anywhere else because I have the secret pattern now. 🙂 Durable, elegant and detailed, it is worthy of royalty!

I am having a great time settling into my new HUGE studio and creating new works again. There is still a lot to do with the house, like hanging pictures and unpacking some non-essential boxes, but we are happy here. The weather is sooooooo much better than Idaho. We don’t go straight from summer to winter and back. Lol. I love having four seasons again. It is warmer here than where I grew up in PA and the growing season is longer. This is great for Jay who is ready to plant his garden! He already has starts of cucumbers, melons and lots of corn. We will be up to our ears in veggies. The guinea piggies will be happy!

I have been struggling with my chronic clusters again but I found a very sympathetic and knowledgeable Neurologist here that understands my plight. He supports my current regimen of shots, oxygen and pills to control attacks and I am truly grateful for that. Outside of working in my new studio, caring for my guinea pigs and doing my nails all the time, I have taken up playing the flute again. I used to play in high school and thought I might enjoy it again. I was right. I am zooming through my beginner’s book and practicing almost daily. Jay gets short concerts on Sundays. He is happy that I am happy.

You can look forward to more new work soon and posts about my life here in our new home.

In the meantime, you can use “SHOPSNAPPYTATTER” as a coupon code for 10% off your purchase in my Etsy shop!

Have a blessed day!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

I forgot the pattern :p

Empress Cuff in my favorite color

Yes, I forgot to write down the pattern. Lol. I create my own designs here in Snappy Tatter-land. I often experiment with new ideas and push myself to create work that is unusual and elegant. I don’t even remember making the bracelet in the picture above. I keep my laceworks in small packages in trays of “to be finished” works. Since we moved this past fall I have been slowly putting my studio together in my new room and I came across my stash of unfinished lacework. I found this pattern and thought, “how lovely…surely I wrote down the pattern as I made it.” Well, I did not. Ugh. :p But I felt it was worth recreating to sell in my Etsy shop so I set about trying to figure out what the h-e-double hockey sticks I had done to create this! Oh boy. With my strongest readers on I flipped and flopped the work back and forth to try to count the knots, figure out where the joins were, and write it all down. Then I grabbed my shuttles and started tatting away, making corrections and timing myself as I went along.

Ultimately, it is not exactly the same as the orange one although it will take a keen eye to see what is different. Nevertheless it is just as elegant and ornate as the original. It took HOURS to create. It may not look like it but there are four rounds to the design. I chose to call it “Empress” because it reminds me of the kind of lace royalty would wear. It is amazingly detailed and was tedious to create. The orange one is for me. It is my favorite color and the perfect shade of orangey-red to me. The black one can be found in this Etsy listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1014202509.

I try to always write my patterns down. I may actually have it somewhere and just didn’t look hard enough. Anyhoo-now it is done and diagrammed for future production. I hope you like it. It is ready to ship in black but I can make it in about 47 different colors.

That’s what’s up in Snappy Tatter-land!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Snappy Spring SALE

Snappy Tatter’s Etsy shop has a sale running now until the end of April! Select items are 20% off and can be found in my Sale section. Would you like a peak at what’s for sale? I got you covered in this post. Below is a gallery of items that are still available for 20% off now.

There is a little bit of everything from my shop in the sale section now. 20% off is the biggest discount I have ever given so take advantage!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

The Queen’s Lace-ta da!

NEW J Kohr Couture cuff…The Queen’s Lace is glamorous luxury jewelry. This elegant cuff is hand beaded with matching Czech glass seed beads, Swarovski Crystal Pearls, Swarovski clear crystals, and Celestial multi-faceted clear crystals. The center pattern is my Infinity bracelet. I added two more rounds of shuttle-tatting to create an ornate design. The seed beads were added as I tatted. A time consuming process of drawing up a bead one at a time between knots. The highest quality crystals and glass pearls were hand sewn securely into the lace after the cuff was created.

I often think of what the design reminds me of while I am creating new lace designs. This cuff is so elegant I could only think it was fit for royalty…thus the name, The Queen’s Lace. This would be perfect for a formal affair. The silver color is easily coordinated with any outfit. I think it would be magnificent for a bride. I do a lot of work for brides each year and they often want matching tatting for their bridesmaids. The base pattern, Infinity, could be a simpler matching option that is perfect for the bridesmaids. I am always happy to collaborate with anyone who is interested in custom work. Just ask! As with all J Kohr Couture designs, this one is one-of-a-kind. The pattern may be recreated but the style of beading is exclusively Couture.

I am in love with this design. A true labor of love, it was well worth the time to create something so elegant and shimmery. Let me know what you think in a comment below. Any questions? visit the link under the main photo for all the information on this cuff.

On another note, I am having a Spring Sale of 20% off select items in my Etsy shop right now. Visit my sale section to find everything from pendants, fiber art, earrings, bracelets and ornaments that have been marked down. Come visit my shop. Mother’s Day is coming and handmade shuttle-tatting makes a perfect and unique gift that is sure to make your Mom feel special!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

A simple wedding for a beautiful romance.

Jay and I married on June 18th of this year! There are so many details to think of when you get married these days. We chose not to fret about too many. It became a question of, “what is most important for this day”? This question was not difficult for me to answer. KEEP. IT. SIMPLE.

  • dress-Ross dress for Less! Yes!
  • shoes-Ross again…it was a jackpot!
  • jewelry-I will make it, of course
  • I also found pretty table decorations!
  • cake-the local store makes a delicious sheet cake-simple
  • clothes for my dashing husband to be
  • venue-something simple, green, and inexpensive
  • Officiant-we needed help here so God stepped in
  • invitations-designed from my own Mandala
  • guests
  • oh and newfound little sister and family from Kansas that I have never met 🙂 (More about that later)

I am disabled. Many of you do not know this or realize the extent of it because I do not focus on it here. Partly because of a neurological disorder and partly because of an anxiety disorder, I have to keep things simple. I have no choice and this, my friends, is a blessing for any bride. Lol. I am always a glass half full, sunny-side up kind of girl. So I prioritized the above list and tackled things one by one.

First we needed a marriage license and an officiant so we could also determine a day. Thank God for tiny towns. As we sat there all excited filling out the paperwork for our license, we asked the kind woman behind the desk if she knows of a non-denominational officiant. Well, it just so happens it was one stop shopping! She would be happy to preside over our simple wedding.

(Officiant Shelly with my husband to be, patiently waiting for me to arrive at the tree we chose.) How much? She didn’t charge anything and that was exactly how much we could pay. (I kid-she was tipped very graciously).

On to the venue…We have a lovely and very green shaded park a couple blocks from our home. It has a pavilion as well. Even though where we live is high desert and gets less than 10″ of rain a year and has 200 sunny days…you never know if THAT day will be the one time it rains. It only sprinkled a little after the ceremony while we were eating cake in the pavillion, which I consider good luck! It just so happened, it is free to use the park and the pavilion if you give them notice. We decided for our modest wedding that cake and coffee would be sufficient and scheduled the wedding in mid afternoon. The kind pastor at the Episcopal church where I attend the local fellowship said it would be no problem for us to borrow a few chairs! So far so good. I do believe that when you are following God’s or your higher power’s will, things come easily. I was grateful for the ease of pulling things together.

Since we have moved here to the middle of Idaho in this wee town of Arco, we have met a few people. Our families were far away in Washington and Pennsylvania and New York and…Kansas where I was originally born and adopted. One thing I really really felt was necessary to make this day complete…I wanted my little sister as my matron of honor. No more than one phone call and her and her husband Larry pulled together plans and funds to get all the way to Idaho with their two beautiful girls in time to attend my wedding. You don’t see him in many photos because he graciously offered to take the pictures that you see and a video of our ceremony. He helped Jay get chairs and the venue set up. He was invaluable when it came to making this day go so smoothly.

In the meantime, Mia, my little sister, and her daughters,Marissa (orange/red dress) and Vanessa (purple dress) helped me with my hair and jewelry and soothed my nerves and shared my joy and excitement.

We were late as we ran to pick up the cake, but I was told that was okay cause I was the bride-lol. As we pulled up and I began to walk to my husband-to-be with my sister by my side and my nieces following, I was just filled with joy. Our ceremony was simple and traditional and afterwards we enjoyed cake on small plates that my nieces had carefully decorated.

It was a beautiful and simple ceremony. I am so happy to be joined with the man I love and admire…for life. <3

My wedding jewelry-a wide bracelet with shimmery beads in all the intersections, a sparkling headband with large Swarovski crystal pearls and Swarovski crystals between them, and earrings to match.

More photos from the day:

Etsy is back online!

My Etsy shop is back online. Visit http://www.snappytatter.etsy.com for ready to ship handmade lacework just in time for the holiday season. I will have made to order listings added as soon as I get the mountain of boxes in my soon to be studio sorted out. Thank you all for your patience while I moved across the US. We are now settled in West Virginia in a sweet new home. Happy shopping with Snappy Tatter and please feel free to ask for custom work during while I get settled!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Moving and Grooving

our new home awaits

We are in the process of moving back east, closer to where I am from. I grew up in northern PA and lived in Pittsburgh for most of my adult life. We found this adorable Cape Cod in WV and will be moving in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, my Etsy shop is in Vacation Mode as most of my tatting and jewelry supplies are packed. Although I am unable to create new work, the work that is available in this shop is already made and can be shipped promptly. Up until a week before we move, I will be able to sell and ship from here.

I also have new work listed for sale. You can find them in the categories on the left side of my page where you can shop. Here are photos of what is new: Flash earrings, Daisy Chain Bracelet, Decadence Cuff, Double Halo Bracelet, Flair Cuff, Shell Pendant, Innocence Choker, Tendril Necklace, Frilly Flourish two-tone Pendant

Feel free to shop to your heart’s delight here in Snappy Tatter-land! I will keep you posted when I move and my Etsy shop is up and running again. In the meantime…packing, packing, packing. Ugh!!!

Live, Love, Tat!

J