We like to move it, move it!

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.

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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.

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The previous version of Flyaway
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The new version of Flyaway Butterfly Gala

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!

Thanks everyone for stopping into Snappy Tatter-land. Feel free to use coupon code “LOVELACE” for free domestic shipping…it’s still active for a limited time!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a Snappy Tatter Bumblebee!

Just a thought…a request from a Snappy Tatter follower…a yellow and black bumblebee! She wanted something more cartoonish. But no matter how hard I try…cartoonish is not in my nature. I thought this guy was pretty silly as is. A couple tweeks to the wing portion of the pattern and I will have a new critter to add to my works. Fun, fun, fun! I think this guy will become a brooch first. Then, who knows where he will pop up! His name is Bumble and he is currently on my drafting table waiting for me to get back to work in my studio. In about another week Snappy Tatter-land will get back to normal. In the meantime, I will be blogging and posting to facebook frequently since I am still post-surgery chair bound and now I am conscious most of the day!

I am thinking a new Give-away contest is coming soon. Thank you, everyone, for your well wishes. My shop will be opening again soon. Stay tuned!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Freshly Tatted!

I have not been on the Blog as much lately…or Facebook, or Twitter. I have actually been working hard on several new pieces of jewelry. This is the latest work in my Etsy shop. Clicking on the image will take you to the listing where you can see more pics and read about the creation and components. Enjoy!

The Debutante

Midnight Glow

Black Elegance with Onyx Pendant

Mocha PIXIE Ring Pendant

Black Daisy with Garnet CZ

The Glimmer Goldie Mum

And my new favorite creation…the Simplicity Choker in Mocha with marbled discs and glass beads.

The tatting itself was a simple pattern of rings and chains with one picot on each side of the ring that overlaps the one picot of the chain. I actually pulled the ring picot through to the other side so it laid down while the picot behind pulls forward a little. After tatting the Simplicity pattern to 13″ I hand sewed Czech glass seed beading in bronze and a fall orange surrounding a 3mm translucent Czech round in light bronze all the way through the pattern. Then I added the top drilled stone discs one by one with Sterling jump rings around the entire edge. I added a little graduation to the center using eyepins and larger Czech glass. The ends are finished in Sterling with a 3″ extender for comfort that has another bronze bead and a disc dangling from the end.  I like to add that little touch to my work. This piece feels more natural and less glitzy than most of my work. I love the marbled discs. I also bought them in clear turquoise and a light red so there will be other works that have them. I am planing to make matching earrings eventually too. I work a lot with black because I love black lace and it goes with everything but I think this dark brown piece will also. Something more natural just in time for fall.