I am a Fiber 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 cluster headache survivor, taking life one day at a time.
This is my little space in the world to talk about the joys of my work, my life challenged by a disability, and the people and activities that amuse me.
Some of you may know that when I am not tatting, I draw. Drawing is relaxing to me. I found a great feature in my Corel digital drawing software that allows me to make Mandalas. I figured, as much as people like to fill these in with color, is about how much I enjoy drawing them myself. Late at night, when I feel like doing something relaxing, I set up my software and draw on my laptop while we watch The Walking Dead or The 100…
These designs are from my brain to my computer to the Artisan’s Corner Shoppe, in Blackfoot, and also to my Etsy shop. You can download larger versions without the watermark by purchasing any of them in the Printables to Color section. I would love to know what everyone thinks. Leave a comment below!
Artisan’s Corner Shoppe has been making a move over the last month…across the street! I re-joined the group of local artists and artisans this past Thursday. I am very excited at the larger space and new ideas that the very sharp, Jennifer Moon, is presenting. She works hard to make the shop possible in quaint, up-and-coming, Blackfoot, Idaho. I can’t wait to see things fill out as the other members bring their work in to display. These are just a few snaps I took before leaving. My paintings will be joining the display this coming Tuesday.
Along with changes at Artisan Corner Shoppe, there have been changes here at home where we welcome late spring weather, graciously. Jay has been avidly gardening a large 30′ x 30′ plot on our half acre. I have been working on a smaller flower garden and have plans to prune the overgrown honeysuckle and lilac. It is amazing how different everything looks compared to when we purchased this house and land last year around this time! The lawn is actually a green lawn! We spend a lot of times in the mountains and have purchased a small camper so we can make overnight stays comfortable.
Adorable, right? This photo is from Mosquito Flat Reservoir.
Another change in Snappy Tatter-land was the re-working of one of my Couture designs. As you know, my Couture work is one-of-a-kind, wearable, fiber art that takes hours and days to design and create. Sometimes, something I have created just doesn’t sit right with me. That is true of Flyaway Butterfly Gala. I did not like the way the center butterfly sat. It didn’t look attractive to me and I felt I could do better. So I dismantled it some time ago with the intention of reworking that center piece. FINALLY, I got to it with everything that has been going on in the last couple of years. Yes, it can take me that long to get to something now. Between moving, living, my neurological condition, and the things that make up daily life, it took me time to get back to Flyaway. But, I am grateful I did. I love what developed so much more than what it was. By now I have more butterfly patterns under my wing (so to speak) so I chose Gloria to take up the space of the butterfly I did not prefer. She is 3-D, which I love, and is a magnificent crescendo in this modern display of natural delights.
I love this so much more!!! In the new version of Flyaway, a Vivien Butterfly tags along at the bottom giving the bib necklace a better “plunge” look and the extra PIXIE butterfly was added at the top to attach around the neck, mirroring the other side. Instead of stabilizing the work with trimmed and sealed organza on the backside, I added flesh tone rings where stability was needed. The butterflies are more transparent and look bolder. Flyaway is on display in Blackfoot or available in my Etsy shop in the J Kohr Couture section! I would love to hear what you have to say about the Flyaway transformation. Please feel free to comment below!
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My second fish is swimming into Snappy Tatter-land! In lilac and peach with berry colored seeds and silver lined gold glass for a “pop”…this brilliant little fish turned out perfect! Fishy Fishy has perfect Swarovski crystals embedded in the tail and front fin. The rocailles that make the gold stripe along her back have a square hole making them more sparkly than regular round beads. I have made long Strand earrings that match, too!
You can find this on display down at the Artisan Corner Shoppe in Blackfoot where I am doing very well as an artisan. Much of my expensive showy work is selling and it is the slow season! I am very happy to have found a brick and mortar shop that is a good fit for Snappy Tatter. What I really want to do is one-of-a-kind and glammed up…really special work that sings to me, my nature, and is an expression of what’s in my heart. I feel like it is appreciated here in Idaho!
Fishy Fishy is listed on Etsy in my JKohr Couture section as well.
More work and news is coming to Snappy Tatter-land soon. I did not get into the magazine that had messaged me. That is fine. Although the Editor loved my work, the publisher was not as interested. The jewelry designers in the magazine are fabulous but the work is more traditional than my handmade lace. Still, it is nice to be noticed and she did ask me to submit pieces in the future if I am interested.
I am getting through the most difficult part of the year with my chronic illness a little easier because of the nerve blocks I get. So that is good news. I hope I can stay on top of Snappy Tatter things better. I just try to take it day by day. God gives me what I need and I try to be as helpful to my fellows as possible! Everything works out better when I live that way!
I live in an area where outdoor life is the center of everything. Not only is the culture
farm oriented…but hunting, hiking, fishing are all activities that make up the lives of the people of Idaho. I love to fish although I am not very skilled at it. my partner was an Alaska commercial fisherman for much of his younger life which, if you watch any cable television, is a hard life that forges tough men. Tis true. 🙂
I get all kinds of natural designs on my mind from time to time. It started with the obvious, butterflies and flowers and developed later into
tatterpillars (giggle), lots of various leaf designs and now…fish. Bubbles is my newest original Snappy Tatter creation. I spent many hours designing different tails before I ventured into creating an actual fish so there will be more coming in various shapes and sizes.
Not only is Bubbles available in my Etsy shop through this listing, he can be visited in person at Artisan’s Corner Shoppe in Blackfoot. He is a one-of-a-kind Fish so if he sells online or in person, he will not be available again. But a new Fish will be spawned soon, just stay tuned to my Etsy shop and Snappy Tatter-land!
Valentine’s Day is coming and I have been thinking of Heart’s. One of my very first necklace designs years ago was called “Heart’s Desire”. It was a white string of hearts with wee periwinkle seed beads tatted into it. It was the first item of mine to sell when I joined the Blue Heron Gallery. It sold for a mere $20, I believe, before I was paying myself a livable wage and taking things like hours of tatting, packaging, travel and materials into consideration. Silly business expenses. Lol.
Years later, I was going to recreate the necklace as I only created it that one time but I altered it slightly and decked it out in brilliant multicolor beading instead…and now “Heart String” has been born. Using heavier weight cordonnet and beading as I go, this is a sturdy work. My friend and Artisan Corner Shoppe owner, Jennifer Moon, pointed out that it looks a little like a string of owls, as well. Now I have to design an owl…lol. That goes on the to-do list.
I also created a pair of earrings called “Valentine“. I will be recreating those in the future in different variations. Heart String will remain one-of-a-kind, belonging to my J Kohr Couture collection because the beading was quite intense and took hours.
Valentine and Heart String are both now down in Blackfoot, Idaho on display.
Even if I am not chosen for the magazine…it is very exciting that I was handpicked by an editor. The magazine, that I do not want to name yet, is absolutely amazing. So this is just very exciting for this small town tatter. All of the pieces above are still for sale but have been pulled from the shop in Blackfoot so that I can promptly ship them. If they are purchased through my Etsy shop there will be a wait time to receive the items so they can be shipped to the publisher, photographed and returned to me. Very exciting, peeps! Fingers crossed and prayers of thanks up!
It’s been raining since Thursday… the solar panels are starving and I haven’t been able to use my laptop, for fear of draining my batteries beyond recovery. Sometimes I think I have watched enough water fall from the sky to wash the world away.
No matter. I have been writing letters. Yes, those letters, the ones I’ll be mailing copies of, to the dozen brave first customers who came to my ETSY shop over the past two weeks.
But there have been other letters, besides. Friends, and strangers, will also be getting something in the post from me this February. It’s International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) and, for 28 days, hundreds of people have pledged to write a letter (postcard, gift card…) a day. You can write to people you know, or you can pick some lucky ducky from the list of addresses submitted to the InCoWriMo page.