Newest addition to the Garden Watch collection!

I recently bought several bold watch faces to work with. This is my newest one-of-a-kind design, Garden Watch VI. It began like this before everything was sewn together and finished into a professional J Kohr Couture design.

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I photo my work before and after. The before photo gives me a reference of where I want to put the components before they are permanently secured so I can avoid any Oops.

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For this watch I shuttle-tatted a simple double row of large rings in cream. I’ve learned that the base tatting does not need to be too ornate because it will be covered with flowers, leaves, vines and butterflies. I edge the tatting with a heavier cordonnet in olive and fudge brown working 3mm light copper colored Czech glass beads into the edge. The base tatting for this design is very firm and measures about 5.5″ long. I’ve learned to make my watches and bracelets shorter to accommodate small wrists because chain can be used for length but you cannot easily remove tatting to shorten it.

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I had a design in mind when I worked this lace and it developed perfectly. I wanted warm colors and earthy tones so I used cream, olive, fudge brown and dark Terra Cotta red. The beading is all Czech glass, a pressed glass with exceptional quality. I use Czech glass frequently for its consistency in size, shape and coloring. The large rounds and small round edge beads are Preciosa Czech glass in copper luster. The seeds and fringe beads are shades of dark gold, olive and pewter with a few that are emerald green or a little purple for interest.

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The leaves are a pattern I call Aspen. I name all of my leaf patterns by the shape of a real leaf that they mimic. Sometimes I have a leaf shape in mind before I design it as with Maple, Oak and Dandelion. And sometimes I look for the leaf name (with Google search) after the design has been made as in Birch and Aspen. The small leaves are simple one ring “Teeny Tats” with beads around the edges. The Teeny Tat flowers are both beaded and un-beaded and consist of one or two rings.

One large flower overlaps the watch face. It is a small, many-petaled flower that I have named Aster and is a new design. Edged in glass with a large round in its center, it is a firm design that was permanently adhered to the face.

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All of the tatting in this design except on small leaf is tacked down to prevent pop up. I wanted a clean and firm design. There is olive green organdy ribbon running through the band adding shimmer and contrast between the tatting and the cream grosgrain ribbon everything is mounted on. The tatting is handsewn to the ribbon and the ends are finished with metal ribbon ends that have a great olive color. I added a swivel clasp for ease when clasping the watch and a 2.5″ Sterling Silver chain so this watch will comfortably fit most wrists from 6.25″ to 8.5″.

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The steel plated Quartz face was lightly buffed to removed the shiny shininess and reveal a little of the warm copper underneath. The back is accessible to change the battery but I place a brand new battery in my watch faces so hopefully this will not be needed for a long time. The Garden Watch VI is available in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, now.  My next watch is already in the works and the style is more of a modern cuff. This is the raw lace which took several hours to design and shuttle-tat.

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The face for this one is a bold rectangle design. Hopefully I will have it finished by the end of next week. We’ll see. It’s always so busy in Snappy Tatter-land!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

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WIP Wednesday…Snappy Tatter Fiber Art

I often see my fellow artists and artisans posting photos on Facebook on Wednesdays for “WIP” or “Work in Progress” Wednesday. I thought I would give a peek into a piece I have been working on for the last year. My passion is my fiber art. Whether is is wearable Couture, framed or small box sculptures it is what makes my heart sing and brings satisfaction to my life. Here are 3 pics of work that is part way through. The embroidery is finished as far as I know but I have other elements I am in the process of adding. The next photos will hopefully be when this piece is finally finished. The face was drawn first and then I painted the design onto evenweave fabric with a large palette of colors in cotton, rayon and various metallic threads.

This is what a Snappy Tatter does when she is not tatting!

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This is unnamed for now. Thoughts of titles are floating around but I will wait until the final stitches are laid and more elements are added to make that commitment.

This is my WIP right now. There are other things…a new watch is in the works and a smaller embroidery needs framed and two Couture designs are being worked on. Hopefully I will have pics of those things very soon as well as this finished design.

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

A little bit of custom work…

I always enjoy collaborating with customers to get the colors, size and style they would like from my wearable work. This request was for a dainty little floral design with a teeny butterfly on board and matching butterfly earrings. My tiny PIXIE butterfly earrings are the simplest design with the cutest appeal. I created an even teenier version to rest on this boysenberry colored flower that is surrounded by a few simple leaves creating a nice asymmetrical design. The pearl centers are Swarovski crystal pearls. The cable necklace is handmade and the jewelry components are all Sterling silver and silver plated.

Thought you might like a peek into what I worked on today. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind Snappy Tatter creation!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Happy Birthday to me…a new watch for myself!

Sunday is the beginning of my 41st year on this planet! In keeping with Snappy Tatter tradition I made myself a gift, a new watch in a contemporary style. All of my watches have been a floral garden style so far. You can view all of them in the Garden Watch Gallery. Last year I made myself the very first Garden Watch for my birthday. I still wear it but wanted something for winter that was less floral. After hours of tatting, this is the design that emerged…

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I began with a base of thick black tatting that wrapped around the face on both sides. I always design my watches in a way that the back can be accessed to change the battery. I was able to tat in a way that made the center band flat around the wrist and turn 90 degrees around the face so it surrounds the watch. I even made sure that a tatted ring fit perfectly around the pin that sets the time.

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Next I worked with two shades of a charcoal color and created the wide band of rings that are intertwined in Celtic tatting fashion. The outer chains and rings connect the two inner rounds. The inner round is passed above and below the second round and secured with the last round. Everyone understand that? 🙂 Just trust me when I say it took planning and lots of time to work those rounds.

If you look closely, you might be able to see what I am talking about.

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Another important aspect of this design is the way I tapered at each end. I have tiny wrists so there is only about 2.25″ of tatting on each side of the watch. I did not want the band to be square on the ends. I wanted it to taper so it will lay flat and be a snug fit.

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After hours of tatting and a little Hematite  and silver-lined, Czech glass beading, I felt there was something missing. Of course! I just had to add small, glittery PIXIE butterflies to each side of the face!!! Still in shades of gray, the little buggers blend in until you look closely.

LOVE IT!!!

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The finishing is pretty intense. I recently purchased 20mm grosgrain ribbon in neutral colors with the specific intent of creating more watches. The reason I use the ribbon as a base is because tatting will inherently stretch and the ribbon will not. I want the tatting to stay stable, particularly if someone is going to buy the watch or like me, wear it everyday. The jewelry components are Sterling plated brass, a magnetic clasp and a short black plated aluminum chain for security.

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My finishing process is incredibly thorough. I try to go above and beyond with all of my work so the wear-ability is strengthened and the piece requires little care.  This is another reason for me to make things for myself on occasion. I can wear things day in and day out and then decide how durable it is and what I need to do to keep it looking as “just made” as possible. This watch would have been priced at $145 but it is mine…don’t worry peeps…there will always be more to come in Snappy Tatter-land. I have 10 new watch faces to play with. Rock on!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

The Snappy Tatted Watch © 2014 Jennifer Kohr

(All Snappy Couture designs, Snappy Tatter original designs and their names are covered by copyright laws and are not available for reproduction. My blog posts are not intended to be a tutorial for reproduction of my work,  just an inside look into the process of creating my work. Thank you for understanding and not attempting to reproduce my designs.)

Garden Watch IV

My newest edition to my Garden Watch collection is now available in my Etsy Shop! Garden Watch IV is a study in modern colors and muted tones.

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The center of the tatted base is my Halo design in medium charcoal gray. The outer edge is similar to the interior of my Obsession design. Small Hematite rounds are tatted into the edge.

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I chose to tat the vine in silver instead of a shade of green to keep the design muted and modern. I added shades of green Czech glass along the vine with small olive leaves to match. I added more beading than I originally intended but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Once I start working…I just keep going until it feels complete!

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I tacked down the vine and leaves down so there is not as much “pop-up” in this band and it is more stream-lined.

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The Teeny Tat flowers are in a blush color and peach embellished with Hematite rounds. They are soft little additions that are barely noticeable once you spy the single lemon yellow PIXIE butterfly!

The entire band is hand sewn to silver satin ribbon. The way I create my watches makes it possible to access the back to change the battery. The Quartz watch face is simple and contemporary. The Jewelry components are Sterling Silver and Sterling plated.

The entire band plus the clasp measures 6.5″ long and 0.75″ wide. Before it is sold I will adjust the hardware at the ends for a perfect fit from 6.25″-7.5″. The listing has sizing instructions. The first three watches I have made can be viewed in my new “Garden Watch Gallery“.  Garden Watch IV can be found in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. All Garden Watches are part of Snappy Couture, a one-of-a-kind fiber art collection of jewelry.

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

The Garden Watch © 2013 Jennifer Kohr

(All Snappy Couture designs, Snappy Tatter original designs and their names are covered by copyright laws and are not available for reproduction. My blog posts are not intended to be a tutorial for reproduction of my work,  just an inside look into the process of creating my work. Thank you for understanding and not attempting to reproduce my designs.)

New Snappy Tatter Guardian Angels!

Lately I have been working with a lot of white. What normally happens in Snappy Tatter-land is that I will tat items over several days and store them individually in small bags until I am ready to finish them. I am usually working on one large project and several small pieces are made when I need a break or have limited time. Usually these items are worked in the different colors of thread that is already on my 12+ shuttles to use up the remaining thread. Everything goes to my studio and is stored in trays.

I remove the contents of the bags one by one and sew beading into the tatting, hide the tails and add stiffener if needed. Then jewelry is finished by adding bails, chains and clasps, earring findings or bracelet ends. Some items are mounted on cocktail ring, barrette, bobby pin or brooch bases with industrial glue and left to rest and cure for at least two days.

Fiber art elements remain bagged until I they are needed for a small box, embroidery or a framed design. Time spent making small designs that will be used later is recorded in a small journal or added on a small piece of paper to the bag so my pricing is accurate.

I think I had a lot of white on my shuttles from the tatting blizzard of 2013. (This blizzard starts every year around October and ends the second week of December as everyone scrambles to order Snappy Tatter snow for their gifts and tree). So several white items were recently listed in my shop including a new design called, Little Guardian Angel.

I actually created this design last year and wear a pendant that is charcoal and black.

I have been blessed to have had several angels in my life that have helped me through some very difficult times. I believe everyone has angels that assist them when life gets unbearable or things seem insurmountable. Sometimes we don’t realize they were there until the dust has settled. Some people don’t ever realize they are there. These are just my feelings. I seem to have morphed into a spiritual person the last year and a half. A beautiful thing to me, as I have grown to be a stronger woman than I was before.

The first Little Guardian Angel sold within hours of being listed in my shop, the medium one with the Aurora Borealis beading. The smaller one made in fine size 80 cordonnet is still available. You can find the listing in Snappy Tatter with more photos and a full description here. Both angels are embellished with a Swarovski Crystal pearl, a pewter bail, picot edged ribbon and a floral box clasp. I can make these angels in a variety of 37 different colors.

I also created two new pendants: a super large Flair with a glass pearl center and a Dainty with silver-lined Czech glass beading and a large Swarovski Crystal pearl center. You can click the links above to find more pics and descriptions.

By this time of year, I have created a lot of white items to fill customer’s orders, I still have a lot of white on my shuttles and there is a blanket of white outside my western Pennsylvania home. So in January I get excited about working with color again and had a wonderful opportunity to do so while I created a Garden Watch  for super fan Heidi O!

I am still cheered by the colorful Christmas tree that I refuse to take down. 😀

No more white for awhile! I will be posting about the new Garden Watch soon!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

A new garden watch!

This past birthday…the big 4-0…I made myself a special Snappy Tatter treat! A Garden Watch. I had been wanting to create a tatted watch band for quite some time but it was part of a long laundry list of creative ideas. I finally decided to tackle this project for two reasons: 1. I wanted a really cool gift for myself and 2. I wanted to know how durable I could make a watch so I could feel confident in its wear-ability and begin to sell them in my online shop. This is the first watch I made: P1130108Here’s a link to the original post explaining my process with more photos of this work: https://snappytatter.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/the-garden-watch/

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After wearing my watch daily for several months, I was confident that I had constructed a design that passed Snappy Tatter’s strict standards of quality and durability. So I decided to make a new one and I found a gorgeous bronze face to work with.

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For this watch, I began by tatting a double row of larger rings with a light mocha brown cordonnet anchoring the face into the band. I added an edge that criss-crossed over itself in darker mocha brown and fudge. I was lovin’ it already!

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The vine that travels down both sides of the band was in a variegated cord of blues and greens. I chose to use variegated mostly because I could not decide which colors I wanted most. I also added green “iris” Czech pressed glass beading as I tatted. The iris refers to the multicolor metallic effect that is in the beads. They are not solid colors but a rich variation of greens, blues, purples and bronze.

The vining is also attached to the watch face. The small leaves and vine are additionally sewn into the band by hand in a way that allows the leaves to pop up naturally.

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To finish the tatting I added lovely little Teeny Tat flowers in a light golden yellow. Swarovski crystal pearls in copper sit in the center of each flower.

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One small mint green PIXIE butterfly enjoys this garden with a wee silver lined rocaille in its center.

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Finally, the entire band is hand sewn to wide, evergreen-colored, organdy ribbon. As with my first watch, it is secured in a way that still allows access to the back to change the battery. Sterling ends and clasp finish this piece.

Time-consuming? Yes! Well worth the time? YES! There are definitely more Garden watches in my future!!!

You may be wondering why this is not listed in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. That would be because it didn’t make it past the first hour of it’s debut at the most recent holiday show I attended. It caught everyone’s eye. Including my dear friend, Vicki, who couldn’t resist and snapped it up! I even adjust the clasp and length to accommodate her wee wrist.

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

The Garden Watch © 2013 Jennifer Kohr

(All Snappy Couture designs, Snappy Tatter original designs and their names are covered by copyright laws and are not available for reproduction. My blog posts are not intended to be a tutorial for reproduction of my work,  just an inside look into the process of creating my work. Thank you for understanding and not attempting to reproduce my work.)