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.)

Updated Pendant Gallery!

I have been spending some time ignoring the winter blah’s by updating my galleries. The Pendant Gallery is now up to date. (I think)

New Additions:
Fleur
Guardian Angel
Simplicity Ring
Fans
Hope Cross
New Photos:
17+ Dainty pendants
Flair
Rosette w/PIXIE butterfly
Brilliance
Pitter Patter
Tagalong
Daisy
Maple Leaf
Majestic Dragonfly

Enjoy!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

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: http://snappytatter.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.)

The emergence of Gloria

A new butterfly has arrived in Snappy Tatter-land!

Everybody, meet Gloria. Gloria, meet everybody!

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Gloria is double winged and embellished with a single Czech glass bead at her center.  She balances on a 2.75″ Sterling stickpin, perfect for hats, coats, sweaters and scarves.

I have an amazing white version of her that is lined with gold beading. She is part of an embroidered garden that is very close to being finished. I will post photos of Gloria’s garden soon.

The listing for the Gloria Butterfly stickpin with full details is found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/172163387

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Getting to that Red Carpet!

I entered a contest for jewelry designers last week. My effort is to get my work noticed by the panel of celebrity judges to fulfill my dream of “Snappy Tatter on the Red Carpet”. I entered my Couture necklace “Full Bloom” trying to knock the socks of off, well, everybody. I also entered a small wreath pendant from 2011 thinking that since the theme is “holiday necklaces”, the Wreath may get more votes. The unfortunate part is that the voting is based on appearance alone. No one knows my work is tatting or that it is the result of tying knots for many many hours. They just see the finished piece. Turns out both of these very different designs are getting attention. Yay!

I need the help of all my supporters and followers, fans, family and peeps! The more 5 star votes I get from the general public the more likely my work will make the final judging round in front of the professional panel of designers. I could win money but more importantly, I could win recognition.

Voting is free. You do not need to sign up for anything or enter any information. Just visit http://www.andthedesignwinneris.com and click the stars on Full Bloom and the Wreath on pages 2 and 3 of the gallery.  You can only vote once for each entry. Every vote is so important. There are some beautiful designs in the galleries that I am competing with. All of you know that I put my heart and soul into my work, that my designs are original and take a considerable amount of time to create and that I am living my dream one knot at a time! I thank you all so very much for your support!

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Thank you everyone! XO!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Snappy Tatter style…new Couture and snowflakes

Hi all! To say I am busy right now would be a ridiculous understatement. I am in that clerical/business management phase that I have to go through in preparation for a holiday show. Everything that has been packed away has to be brought out and evaluated: signage, table decor, displays, boxes, bags, labels, pamphlets… Today I will be mostly working on inventory and display as well as finishing about a dozen pairs of earrings. I also have made snowflakes and a garden watch and all of these items need photographed. In the meantime I wanted to share with you some of my most recent works but I don’t have much time to chat about them. I will make sure I come back and tell you more about the process and elements that went into making them after the dust settles. Enjoy!

~Petite Full Bloom Rose Gala~

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~Vixen Collar~

~Pink Dianthus Gala~

~New, original, Snowflakes and Medallion~

That’s it for now. Time to get into that studio and start sorting it all out. I will be working late tonight and tomorrow for that matter but it is all worth it when I feel prepared and can be at my best. I can’t wait to meet new peeps and explain my work. If you are in the area, come visit! Information is in the post below. I will (hopefully) be posting more pics later of work you will see at the show.

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Golden Bridal Jewelry

As I have said before, I love working for brides! From my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, I have designed more jewelry for brides and their bridal parties this year than any other. This set turned out to be particularly spectacular. The bride’s request was 3 jewelry sets for her bridesmaids in a golden yellow and creamy ecru. I added ivory glass beading and ivory Swarovski pearls to turn it into some serious lace jewelry with Sterling Silver jewelry components. I gave the bride many options as she wanted every piece of jewelry to be different. She chose designs that coordinated perfectly. She has a very good eye.

First I made a MOD cuff and Decadence earrings. Small gold Swarovski pearls were added to the center motif as well.

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The second set was the Flirtation bib necklace and Indulgence earrings. The thread colors were dark gold, medium gold and ecru.

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The third set, a Flair Trio bib necklace and Bounce earrings. All designed to coordinate with the other two sets.

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I love this work. It is so richly colored, warm and unique.

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You can find more galleries of my work at the left.

Direct links to various listings, some ready made and some custom order:

MOD cuff: https://www.etsy.com/listing/120326996

https://www.etsy.com/listing/102527398

https://www.etsy.com/listing/29213852

Decadence earrings: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101009729

https://www.etsy.com/listing/159171158

https://www.etsy.com/listing/159173716

Flirtation Bib Necklace: https://www.etsy.com/listing/88802740

https://www.etsy.com/listing/101892466

Indulgence earrings: https://www.etsy.com/listing/64581666

Flair Bib Necklace: https://www.etsy.com/listing/115710751

Bounce earrings: https://www.etsy.com/listing/110530404

https://www.etsy.com/listing/101965050

I am happy to collaborate on custom work. Drop me a line through my shop, through comments, Facebook or my email: jjskohr@embarqmail.com!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer