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!
Hello Peeps. I will have to keep my chatting to a minimum because there is so much work waiting for me upstairs. I thought I would drop in and share a few new items that are going to the New Castle Arts on the Riverwalk Festival on July 11th and 12th. Everything that is ready made in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, will be going with me as well. Here is a gallery of new items that are packed and ready to go!
Always a fan fave, this version is made in dark charcoal cordonnet and embellished with turquoise colored glass, Sterling spacers and silver-lined gunmetal Czech pressed glass.
A new dramatic Couture collar that is embellished with Czech glass in shades of blue and black and has a medallion in cobalt blue and black. It is 18″ long and ruffles elegantly around your neck.
Originally made in navy and mocha for my mother, I re-visited the pattern creating all white lace this time. The beading is perfect Swarovski crystal pearls and silver-lined clear Czech glass. Sterling accents and picot edged ribbon add to the elegance of this design.
~Pink Sweetie Mini Box~
I will come up with an adorable name for this small box that is a little less than 2″ across. The components are a Daisy, PIXIE butterfly and an Aspen leaf that are embellished with Mill Hill beads and Swarovski Crystal Pearls in silver and white. The garden is mounted on a softly colored damask upholstery fabric and trimmed with handmade cable with a metallic thread running through it. All of my small boxes are lined with matching felt. Everything but the metal box is handmade in these little fiber art designs.
~The Rosebud Blackwork Box~
A 3″x3″ metal box that is fully lined with deep red felt. The components are a Victorian Red Rosebud with a frilly center that surrounds a large Swarovski Crystal Pearl, evergreen Holly leaves and Blackwork embroidery of original design embellished with more pearls. Mounted on Damask Aida cloth that has a brilliant shine, this contemporary design is completely handmade, as well.
Hope you enjoyed the gallery. I’m off to finish more work which I will post soon.
This is where I will be this coming weekend peeps! All work that is available in my shop that is not Made to Order will be there with me. So you can actually see it in 3-D reality and touch it too. And if you really like it you can take it home with you for the fee on the tag plus a little tax so the misers of the State can get their share. 😀 All Made to order listings will remain in my shop and be available to purchase through the event. Ready made items will not be available online from Friday to some time on Sunday after I recuperate from all the excitement.
And I have great news: I will be able to take credit cards on the spot thanks to Intuit’s GoPayment app! Yahoo! I hope to see my local peeps there. And if you are the adventurous type and would like to come for the event, I can recommend a nice hotel for you to stay in. Happy Holiday shopping you crazy people!
Howdy all! Here’s the latest Snappy Tatter promotion for the month of September! Enjoy Free Shipping on everything until the next e-Newsletter by entering the code “SNAPPYSHIPPING” in the coupon box during checkout in my Etsy Store. Ask me for free shipping if you would like to purchase outside of my shop through email, blog or facebook. Read the September e-Newsletter in full…
The August earring bonus continues in my Etsy Shop, Snappy Tatter. I will make a set of Drip, Drop, Rush or PIXIE Butterfly earrings for each item purchased from my Fiber Art section. Find pictures of the qualifying earrings and Fiber Art in this post.This bonus is only available for a few more days!
I recently updated my Fiber Art listings paying particular attention to the accuracy of the detailed descriptions and photos. Here are a few of the newest photos for some of my Garden boxes: (click the pics for full descriptions, pricing and more photos)
The Crystal PIXIE Garden Party
Black and Gold Abagail Butterfly
The Cobalt Butterflies Rejoice
side view of the pop up butterflies and texture
inside is fully hand lined with evergreen felt
One of my favorite Butterfly Gardens!
detail view of beading and Pop up Tangerine PIXIE Butterflies
fully lined hinged metal box
I hope you all enjoyed this small gallery. I will be adding these photos to the Fiber Art category at the left. Next post will be about the making of my latest Couture design, Teeny Tat Chic.
I spent a little time today rearranging the sections in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. A couple of my sections were getting really full with listings. and since I am only allowed 10 sections I have to juggle my listings at times.
The newest layout for my Categories goes like this: (click the heading to be taken to the entire shop section)
Tatted Birch Leaf pendent in a rich evergreen color. I just got the color in and love how deep it is. I think it will make a striking Gala necklace at some point. I am currently working on a Gala for the Spring that uses a lighter leafier green and the blossoms are shades of peach, lilac, lavender and purple. I truly enjoy making organic designs of flowers and leaves. This Leaf is suspended with Sterling on supple brown Italian leather.
I added an olive colored leaf and deep Terra Cotta Diana butterfly to a Sterling brooch to make the next design. She has reddish purple glass beading in her wings and a metallic purple Czech glass bead in her center. The Beads in the leaf are matte and have a greenish brown color that I like. It looks less “glam” and more natural. Diana has been stiffened to curve her wings and antennae. Mounted on off-white fabric with batting behind it, Diana and her leaf are securely glued to the brooch base and the prongs are clamped to add more security.
Mounted on a 3″x3″ metal box, an orange and salmon Sophie buzzes out of clusters of Teeny Tat flowers and fly-stitched leaves. She has a little beading in her wings in a matching pink color and a Swarovski crystal sparkling in the center of her body. I made her with the finest cordonnet to make her as small as possible. Her colors remind me of orange creamsicles or yogurt. The background is a white on white floral cotton. The handmade light silver cable has a metallic thread spun into it for a delicate glitter around the edges of the garden. The 2″ deep interior is fully lined with fuchsia felt. Sophie’s Garden is gentle and feminine to me.
This is The Orange Blossom. A mini keepsake that only measures 2″ across. I made a multi-layer flower I call “Frilly Fleur” in shades of light and harvest orange…I felt the creamsicle effect again. The flower itself took over two hours to carefully graduate the chains and make sure the picots were uniform throughout. I mounted the flower on cream colored linen and sewed glass beading in clear yellow, cream, and silver-lined clear in a radiating pattern. The center is an orange Cat’s Eye bead. The handmade cable edge was made with two shades of soft green and the interior was fully lined with matching felt. Orange Blossom. Yummy.
And another mini keepsake…Butterscotch Blaze. Butterscotch because that is the name of the fantastic saturated yellow thread and Blaze because it just seems to be on fire! My lovely tatted Double Flutter PIXIE butterfly has glass beading tatted into the wings and a small round Red Bamboo Coral bead in the center. The Teeny Tat flower is gold and Terra Cotta colored with a red crystal and tiny leaves below it. The cotton fabric the garden is mounted on is absolutely gorgeous saturated shades from green to Carnelian red, red hot orange and deep yellow. There are gold swirls and lines embossed on the fabric. Ooooo…I just LOVE the color!
My love affair with small boxes continues to evolve as I explore the endless ways to embellish them. I have tons of fabrics to choose from, 3 styles of metal boxes, literally hundreds of threads, thousands of beads, crystals, shell, pearls, Sterling and glass, and mountains of ideas.
I usually begin by creating tatted elements that go together but in the case of this rectangular box I began with the fabric and embroidery.
The Poetry of the Garden
Crewel is one of my favorite forms of embroidery. I learned from a nationally renowned teacher when I was a member of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. Not only do I like that the style is less rigid than other forms of embroidery but there is flexibility in the fabric and thread choices and endless styles of stitches to choose from. I basically used a free style of satin and long and short stitch for this design. I very faintly drew with a pencil a light design of the stems and where the flower and buds would go. I find if I don’t do this I will work right off the area I am limited to or will not make use of my space as well as I could have. A piece I am designing right now is less sketched out…we will see where that goes.
The stem was worked first, not only in the chartreuse I had chosen but a warm gray to tone down the green and make the stem recede more and add dimension. The leaves are mainly satin stitched and I tried to keep in mind that the light is coming from the upper left corner. So colors on the surfaces of leaves, buds and flowers needed to be brighter on the edges that face this direction. I use a horizontal long and short stitch for the buds allowing me to wrap the deeper colors around the bottom and light on top.
I like the natural greens and spicy flowers on the buttery colored fabric. The grays match the warm poetic writing in the background and I don’t actually know what it says. I didn’t stop to read the fabric. I liked the appearance and nostalgic feel.
The large blossom is several shades from pale peach to orange, rust and brick. I kept adding stitches, painting the flower into the fabric. The floss gives a wonderful sheen and like most crewel-work the entire garden is raised and has a lot of visual texture.
And how to finish my work? With sweet little 3-D PIXIE butterflies, of course! I chose a nice dark turquoise for contrast and stitched the little tatted buggers to be flitting around the garden. Ahhhh…the poetry of it all. Edged in matching satin cord that is doubled and fully lined with Victorian red felt this 4 1/4″ x 3 1/8″ hinged box was finished. I haggled through a few days trying to decide the name and finally it came to me…The Poetry of the Garden. Find this treasure and many others in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter
In an ongoing effort to streamline my Blog and make it easily read and hopefully…interesting, I have listed all of the Fiber Art Boxes that I have photos of in a simple catalog to the left. I will add to it as I have more photos and post an update here. Many are now listed for sale in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter http://snappytatter.etsy.com. Thanks! Enjoy! Jennifer