Writings of a Fiber Artist and Lace-Maker


I am a Fiber Artist and Shuttle-Tatted Lace designer. My Fiber Art designs are handmade and original, created in my home studio on a northeastern Washington mountaintop. I am the mother to two sweet kitties, a silly dog, and guinea pigs named Verna and Millie.

This is my little space in the world to talk about the joys of my work, rustic mountain living with my sweetheart, and the people and activities that amuse me.

Live, Love, Tat!

My life 2.0



It’s been a long time, I know. All of you know it takes a lot to draw me away from what makes me…me. A life of lace-making, designing, drawing and exploring the natural world. I found out what it takes to do that last year. I have always shared small details of my personal life so you can get to know me beyond being an artist. It almost feels like an obligation, albeit minor, to explain where I went, why I haven’t been here and why I am back. I think mostly because from here on I want to share my new life with you and my new life is very different now. Without a simple explanation it may actually seem like I was abducted by aliens and plopped back down on the planet a year later in a different life altogether. That is not a distant analogy.

Here is the short and simple answer for my absence…I was divorced at the beginning of the year. At the end of the year, I moved my fur babies and Snappy Tatter 2300 miles away to a cabin on a mountaintop in Washington to live with my sweetheart. So life seemed to be stagnant, move forward extremely fast, screeched to a halt, take an about-face and fly the other direction until it just started to cruise along comfortably again. And here I am.

I have still worked, I have still drawn and done some minor things to keep busy. I have taken lots of photographs to fill my beloved “inspiration” folder on my computer. I have kept my eyes open and my mind ready. But in order to keep my internal scales balanced I had to move some things around. Snappy Tatter as a business stopped in time. I had to be okay with that. My business is not what makes me thrive…my art makes me thrive. And that stays with me in the workings of my mind even when it is not being expressed.

Snappy Tatter is back. I am back. As all the repercussions of my relatively simple divorce fell into place I realized for the first time in my years…I can go ANYWHERE.

There is a meme online that says something like…she thought she could, so she did. That was my life last year. The man I fell in love with was miles from me in an opposite kind of life that I was in. I was in the greater Pittsburgh area…very metropolitan, full of culture and easy access to everything you can think of from every ethnic restaurant to healthcare. He was on a small mountain on the border of Canada in northeast Washington living a simplified, rustic life that required hard work and was about a half hour from the smallest of towns. Our connection was, you guessed it, the internet, the phone, Skype, texting.

When we couldn’t bear to be apart any longer, he came to be with me in PA while I searched for a new home in the countryside. I kept coming up empty with options as time was ticking away inside a house I had up for sale. SHE THOUGHT SHE COULD, SO SHE DID. I moved. Away from the state I grew up in to here…a place I could only dream of being.

My Life 2.0

Snappy Tatter is open again. I have a small area to work in with my drafting table and desk. I am still sorting through alllllll of my threads, findings, beads, paperwork, boxes, photos, pencils, tablets…it goes on and on. Much of my “things” are stored in a room above the porch that is uninsulated so we have enough room in this A-frame cabin with our two cats, dog, and the guinea pig. Yes, I have a dog now. My life is unbelievable now. So incredibly different. I am different. I wanted you to know…I had to unravel everything a bit to knit my life back stronger and better for me.

So there will be new work galleries coming soon of what I have done over last year for a handful of faithful customers (thank you for your patience, Heidi). There will be photos of my new work space, maybe a few of the lazy furbabies, this wee cabin, a couple of my Love including a drawing of his handsome face, and many of the vast acres upon acres of God’s land I am now blessed to live in. Life has changed…so will Snappy Tatter. That is truly what it means to be an artist…as life changes…so does the work. And how you feel about it. Welcome everyone, into my new life.

Live, Love, Tat!



The picture above…that is part of the drive that gets us to our home. It was taken when I got here in the fall last year. We have about a mile of undocumented drive we have to travel to get in here.

Dreamer photos

The Dreamer embroidery framing is finally finished. Goodness gracious that was a process. I tried a couple different frames, different styles of matting, glass and acrylic glazing…I finally came up with this simple silver frame that has enough depth it could be used in a shadowbox manner. I found fantastic 8-ply heavyweight archival matting that is perfect. So no matter how hard I try…I cannot seem to get my Dreamer fiber painting to have a crisp photo for Etsy. The detail photos are all crisp, the color perfect, and I am happy with them but the framed one will not translate to a crisp photo. The actual photo in my computer is perfect and needed little editing. So I am posting the photo here for a reference for potential patrons. Click on the photo to be taken to the actual Snappy Tatter listing. Enjoy!


Live, Love, Tat!


Spring has Sprung!

Spring has sprung in Snappy Tatter-land. After an exceptionally cold winter here in western Pennsylvania by blooming Daffodils and crocuses are a welcome sight. There have been many changes in the Kohr household over the past few months which have pulled me away from Snappy Tatter-land more than I want. Today I thought I would showcase a few of the Etsy shop listings that are spring themed in honor of the beautiful bright blue day outside. Enjoy!

~Leaf Garland~

listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/94545995

~Petite Summer Gala~


~Hot Pink Frilly Fleur~



~Diana Butterfly Stickpin~

available in 35 different colors and several styles of beading…



~Daisy Chain~




Happy spring everyone, Live, Love, Tat!


Winter is coming to a close…hopefully

As winter comes to a close, I start to think about spring blooms and blossoms. I look for the Daffodil shoots, Forsythia buds and tiny crocuses that are always the first to bloom. But I still am making snow for customers all year long. I just enjoy it more when it is 70 and sunny out. Ha ha. Here are some of the satin ornaments that are for sale and ready to ship in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter:

~Snowball No.6~


~Snowball No.28~


~Snowball No.10~


Have a lovely day wherever you are!

Live, Love, Tat!


Fine Art America prints

You can find prints of my Electric Rose stitched painting and drawing of my Lily here in my second shop on Fine Art America. <a href=”http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/floral+art/prints&#8221; style=”font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;”>floral art prints for sale</a>


dreamercopyrightSnappy Tatter shop listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/217104312

I happy to introduce one of my latest fiber art designs, Dreamer. The original thought in my mind was different than the outcome, which frequently happens in my work as it evolves. The conception changes as I work with the colors and texture. I change my decisions as to where it is going based on what I am feeling and seeing. My palette of colors was chosen and the linen pressed and stretched to a frame creating a canvas for me to work on. The colors were grouped in families; warm grays, browns, mauve, grapes, reds, oranges, and a family of contrasts in chartreuse. I used what is available here from my huge stock of threads, mostly cotton floss but also pearl cotton, rayon and metallic threads. All the thread was cut into usable lengths and tied to cards for organization. All the skeins of thread were kept in small packages that were secured to a large ring. The organization it takes to start any of my projects usually takes a couple of hours itself.

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This embroidery began with a drawing of the face in graphite. The face I drew was shortened as I stitched and the expression slightly altered to convey more contentment and appear more realistic.


I started to take progress photos of the stitching of the “hair” after the face was completed. I worked on this for an hour or two at a time. Every time I stepped away I saw how the colors needed worked and re-worked to create a blended effect. There are approximately 34 colors in this work. I have to use my threads to blend much as a painter blends their paint. Shades, tones and tints. The process was interesting for me. I have never created something like this before. It was neat to continually add more color, more depth to the design. The slide show below shows some of the progression of stitching. The colors are off because I took the photos under various lighting with my camera or phone.

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The result of my stitching and stitching was heavy layers of the cotton floss and the design became raised from the linen. Incredible texture was created due to the process I was using to paint the linen; Add a new color, work it into the previous layer, add low lights, work the previous layer into the new one and add highlights, repeat. Hours went by. The images in the slide show below show the depth and texture of Dreamer.

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After the hair was completed…or more accurately, I stopped nitpicking and reworking the design, I added the chartreuse to the spaces between the curls making my choice of colors “pop” even more vibrantly. In the final hours of work, I added pearl cotton, rayon and metallic threads for spark throughout the hair. But the icing on the cake was the brilliant Swarovski crystals that were added and the tiny little pop-up PIXIE butterflies that flutter about the curls. The PIXIEs are shuttle tatted with the finest cordonnet and wee silver-lined glass beads are tatted into the wings. The are hand sewn in and stiffened to remain 3-D. I created a swirl of shimmer radiating from the face to the tips of the flaming hair. In the next set of detail pics you can see the raised butterflies, Swarovski crystals and the chartreuse that peeks through the curls.

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I framed the work myself. I chose a simple silver metal frame and double mat in white and an ivory that matches the linen.

P1180778finalDreamer is now available for sale in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. You can find the listing and full description here. I am also joining another venue called fineartamerica to sell prints of this and other embroideries. When I have my account up and running, I will post here so you can stop by and tell me what you think! I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about what a Snappy Tatter does when she is not tatting! Comments are encouraged!

Live, Love, Tat!


2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 49,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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New banner!

New winter shop and website banner! Click here. I am optimistically waiting for the flakes to fall around here!

New Snappy Tatter Snowflake styles available!

It’s that time of year folks. There is snow flurrying outside my western Pennsylvania home as I write this! I have 10 Ornament styles that are custom made in my shop now. I plan to have more soon. The following Snappy Tatter designs can be made in two different sizes and several colors. Click each flake picture to be taken to my Etsy shop listing with more pictures and full descriptions including available sizes and colors.

Burst Flake

Burst Flake

Flurry Flake

Flurry Flake


Frilly Flake


Glow Flake


Medallion No.1

Pop Flake

Pop Flake


Puff Flake


Star Flake

Twirly Flake

Twirly Flake

All of these designs are listed with a quantity of 3 most of the time. Larger quantities can be made but will take additional time, just ask. New ideas are popping up in my head all the time so hopefully I will have some new designs listed soon. I thought, since snow is falling outside my window today, I would take the time to showcase all of the Flakes I have available for custom tatting. I also have a couple of Ice Crystals and Snowballs available too. Visit this shop section, Tatted Ornaments, to find both the made to order and read to ship ornaments that are currently ready for this season.

~One-of-a-Kind Ice Crystals and Snowballs~

More J Kohr Couture watches…wearable and functional fiber art.

I have truly enjoyed making watches over the past year and a half. Sweet, functional time pieces of wearable fiber art, all have been decadent tributes to nature with the exception of Watch V, which is my own contemporary cuff. You can find photos all of the watches I have made so far in the gallery to the left. And you can find any that are available for sale in my shop, here. Currently there are 3 for sale, IV, VII and VIII. Each one is so different with a different color scheme and varying textures. Here are photos of the 3 newest ones, the first of which has sold.

~Garden Watch VI~

~Garden Watch VII~

Find more photos and full description here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/198283484

~Garden Watch VIII~

Find more photos and full description here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/205830506

I hope to be starting another one soon. They take a considerable amount of time to tat the components and finish into the final design. A base layer of tatting is created often with beading tatted into the band. Vines, flowers, leaves and butterflies are either tatted separately and hand sewn into the band or they are tatted into the band with the watchface attached. Glass beading, crystal pearls and Swarovski elements are then added. The bands are constructed in different manners depending on each design. I use ribbon as a base so the work will not stretch over time. Frequently I brush the Stainless faces so the warm metal below shows through. It tends to make the watchface blend with the tatting better. Small parts of the design are attached to some of the faces by an industrial resin making the design more playful and like a garden. I’ve been trying to stay close to 6″ long and add a 2″ chain for a fit from 6-8″ which should fit most everyone. I hope you have enjoyed my latest watches.

Garden watches can be custom made upon request.

Live, Love, Tat!


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