Spring has Sprung!

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!

~Leaf Garland~

listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/94545995

~Petite Summer Gala~

https://www.etsy.com/listing/193362215

~Hot Pink Frilly Fleur~

https://www.etsy.com/listing/106186728

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~Diana Butterfly Stickpin~

available in 35 different colors and several styles of beading…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/101468338

https://www.etsy.com/listing/75276378

~Daisy Chain~

https://www.etsy.com/listing/83649458

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Happy spring everyone, Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

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More J Kohr Couture watches…wearable and functional fiber art.

I have truly enjoyed making watches over the past year and a half. Sweet, functional time pieces of wearable fiber art, all have been decadent tributes to nature with the exception of Watch V, which is my own contemporary cuff. You can find photos all of the watches I have made so far in the gallery to the left. And you can find any that are available for sale in my shop, here. Currently there are 3 for sale, IV, VII and VIII. Each one is so different with a different color scheme and varying textures. Here are photos of the 3 newest ones, the first of which has sold.

~Garden Watch VI~

~Garden Watch VII~

Find more photos and full description here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/198283484

~Garden Watch VIII~

Find more photos and full description here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/205830506

I hope to be starting another one soon. They take a considerable amount of time to tat the components and finish into the final design. A base layer of tatting is created often with beading tatted into the band. Vines, flowers, leaves and butterflies are either tatted separately and hand sewn into the band or they are tatted into the band with the watchface attached. Glass beading, crystal pearls and Swarovski elements are then added. The bands are constructed in different manners depending on each design. I use ribbon as a base so the work will not stretch over time. Frequently I brush the Stainless faces so the warm metal below shows through. It tends to make the watchface blend with the tatting better. Small parts of the design are attached to some of the faces by an industrial resin making the design more playful and like a garden. I’ve been trying to stay close to 6″ long and add a 2″ chain for a fit from 6-8″ which should fit most everyone. I hope you have enjoyed my latest watches.

Garden watches can be custom made upon request.

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Upcoming ArtFest work!

The New Castle Arts festival is quickly approaching. On July 11th and 12th I will be displaying all of my work for 30,000+ people to see. The energy is always exciting but the work involved to prepare is intense. I am in the process of evaluating what I already have and what else I need to have to create a full display that showcases my abilities. As promised, I am displaying work here that will go to the festival and will not be listed in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, unless it comes back with me. For newcomers that are exploring my website for the first time, all of my work is handmade, shuttle-tatted lace. I am a professional fiber artist and tatted lace designer. My patterns are original in design and embellishment.

Mark you calendars peeps and come see me! Here are a few of the designs you will see:

~NEW! The Fearless Grace Cuff~

This wide lace cuff was going to be a watch band but I fell in love with the look and decided to create a bracelet. Part of my new “Simply Lace” collection, there was no need for beads, crystals or pearls to make this design spectacular! Shuttle-tatted with black 100% Egyptian cotton cordonnet and finished with a Sterling toggle clasp, it measures 6.5″ long x 2.5″ wide.

~Pulse~

This is an older design revisited. The tatting is dense and tight. The lace is slightly raised and nearly opaque in charcoal gray. I will not be recreating this pattern in this manner again as it ended up more complicated than the original Pulse design. Because it is one-of-a-kind, it will become part of my J Kohr Couture collection. It is finished with patterned ribbon ends, a magnetic clasp and a short, gunmetal colored, security chain. It measures 7″ long x 0.75″ wide.

~Leaf Trio~

Two small Aspen leaves with a larger Birch leaf in between, this small bracelet was an experiment to see what a row of tatted leaves would look like as a bracelet. Shuttle-tatted in medium charcoal gray and embellished with pewter Czech Glass, this bracelet blends contemporary with organic design. The leaf designs are my own and were my first attempt to make realistic appearing leaves. Tweaked over time, the leaf patterns were finalized a couple of years ago. Measuring 5.75″ long and 1.25″ at its widest point, this bracelet will be perfect for a slender wrist. The jewelry components are gunmetal plated including the hook and eye clasp.

~The Debutante~

A fan favorite classic design, this version was tatted in cream cordonnet and finished with gold plated jewelry components. A single, matching, Swarovski crystal pearls drops from the center of this frilly design. Gold beads and beadcaps create an elegant look. Meant to be a choker, the Debutante measures 13″ long by 0.50″ wide and has a 2″ gold chain extension for a perfect fit. I always add a little bead at the end of the extension chain…I think it finishes the necklace perfectly. I did not take pictures of me modeling the next two necklaces…I am suffering through allergies and looked a little rough yesterday. And I am always my own model cause I work for peanuts. Ha ha!

~Halo~

One of my favorite combinations of colors is any shade of blue/green and brown. This simple necklace was tatted in fudge brown and hand-beaded in turquoise colored Howlite. Each bead has fluted or flower gunmetal beadcaps on each end and a large flat disc hangs from the center of crossed picots. I love the colors and the brown veins on the beads.

I hope you have enjoyed the gallery. I was able to spend a little more time chatting while I wait for my allergy meds to work so I can go garden on this nice day. I will be back soon with two new outstanding Couture pieces you won’t want to miss. Have a lovely day everyone!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

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

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.)

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.)

Adams Ridge Holiday Show

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.

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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!

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

Tat Fact #5 The Dirty Dainty…making your whites brighter!

Snappy Tatter lace-work comes in a variety of colors. I try to steer clear of white for everyday jewelry unless it is requested because whites will discolor from the oils and cells from your skin. I think white is fabulous for small work that can easily be cleaned like a Dainty Flake Pendant P1110479 or for earrings that are not close to your skin.P1110487 I enjoy using white and light colors in my Couture designs, like the Winter Gala shown here, because they are not meant to be worn frequently and with proper storage, stay clean for a long time.  wingala1

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The Angel Couture is backed with sheer gold organdy for a shimmery natural effect and to protect the white lace from your skin.

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Designs like Chardonnay, Princess and Chantilly are stunning in shades of white.

To me, keeping these gorgeous pieces of jewelry looking new should be simple. Spot cleaning is all that is usually necessary but there is a tip that can help prevent the need to clean:

Keep your hands and skin clean and dry!

Easy Peasy. Try to avoid moisturizers on skin that will be showcasing your glamorous jewelry. Moisture will make it easier for skin to stain the fiber. There are a couple of things I have tried and found success with when it comes to cleaning your whites and light colors. I will use the “dirty Dainty” as an example. I had made a little snowflake and found a dark fiber trapped in the knots so, to me, it was unusable. So I abused it. I put a little dusty dirt on my fingers and rubbed it on half and touched my oily, makeup-laden, face and rubbed that on part of the Dainty Flake as well. Then I let it sit around for months. Seriously. I forgot about it on purpose.

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When I found the dirty Dainty a few months later, it looked filthy. Ew! Determined to bring this Flake back to it’s original non-color I first worked with Hydrogen Peroxide. Nothing special. The same stuff you get at the drugstore for a dollar that most everyone has in their medicine cabinet. Hydrogen Peroxide has gentle bleaching properties. I saturated a Q-tip (a cotton ball for larger areas) and gently rubbed the stains, moistening the area with the H2O2. I let it sit for a few minutes, repeated the gentle rubbing and rinsed well with cool water. A little stain remained but the Dainty had become mostly white. The top right ring was still dark and I knew that was where I had applied the skin oil/makeup from my face. So I chose Rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip rubbed into the fibers in the same manner as the Peroxide. P1140609

Voila! A crisp white Snowflake. No editing needed for this photo! The background was pretty dirty too, so I switched to a darker cloth that gives better contrast.  I think the Flake may be whiter than it was originally! And now I can’t find the dark fiber that was tangled in the knot.

I suggest Hydrogen Peroxide for most stains and dirt. Rubbing alcohol seemed to work well with the greasy stain. I would also use rubbing alcohol around metal jewelry components and beads because of its ability to evaporate quickly. That way your Sterling or gold is not exposed to moisture for a prolonged period which can cause it to oxidize.

These suggestions are only meant for my own handmade lace jewelry. Other tatters may have different suggestions for their tatting. I would contact the designer to find out what they recommend. I send simple information on TLC (tatted lace care) with every order from my Etsy shop. And I am always available to answer questions just send me a message!

I hope this is informative and helps ease the minds of my peeps who enjoy buying light-colored tatted jewelry.

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

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