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

New Snappy Tatter pendants going to the Festival.

Hi Peeps! You can find all of the information for the upcoming Arts Festival in the post below. Here is a quick gallery of all of the newest pendants I have made for the festival. They are not available (yet) in my online shop, Snappy Tatter, which is currently on vacation while I get ready. My made to order listings will be available starting tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope to see many of you at the Festival. Enjoy the gallery!

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If you would like to know pricing or have any of these pendants made just for you, drop me a line!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

New work for the Arts on the Riverwalk Festival!

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!

~Infinity Cuff~

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.

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~Midnight Rhapsody~

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.

~Indulgence~

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.

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~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.

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

Putting my best lace forward…

For those of you who may not know yet, I am in the process of writing a book. I was approached by a UK publishing company over the holidays last year. They needed an author for an introductory book on tatting and they thought Snappy Tatter rocks! Very cool. So step by step I have been going through this process to help them develop a presentation to submit for approval with their editors. Once approved, the writing and pattern designing begins. First I submitted a synopsis of the book and the chapter breakdown as well as a short Snappy Tatter bio. The next task was to create tatted items for photography. I recorded the patterns in both long hand and diagramming and submitted those as well. So now they will put all of this info together and create a brief presentation that is like a section of the actual book to be written.

Since this is to be an introductory book, the small motifs will be the very basic patterns that every tatter learns:

The Flourish bracelet is another simple design that is continuously tatted and requires no tricky techniques. I see similar designs around the web because again, it is a basic design. There are certain concepts in tatting design that have been around so long that they pop up in books and in people’s work all over the world. These are the kinds of patterns I will be introducing in a beginner’s book. (Sorry no leaves or roses or lilies or tatterpillars will be included) 🙂

You can find this bracelet in my online shop, Snappy Tatter, in this listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/55351619 Larger version with heavier thread: https://www.etsy.com/listing/67120112 Black earrings: https://www.etsy.com/listing/67075371 I can make Flourish into a choker as well.

Next I created 3 pairs of Decadence earrings. The colors were chosen by the staff at the publishing company. They have a vision for this presentation. This design developed from my Sweet Decadence necklace which is a very tricky design with what I like to call “non-traditional tatting techniques”. In other words, I made them up.

I beaded each pair differently in a simple hand sewn manner. I believe it is still questionable whether and how much I would be teaching on beading. But for the presentation we wanted everything to be its snappiest. You can find a pair made in a lightly variegated cord called cafe latte in my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101009729 And the Sweet Decadence necklace is in black here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/55908444

Finally, the Chardonnay necklace. This is one of my first designs and has not been recreated in the last couple of years. It’s funny that I now look at it and see it as such a simple concept but when I was designing it, it was difficult. That’s growth and experience, I suppose.

It is embellished simply with Swarovski glass pearls. And I redesigned the connections to be more basic. The original connection at the top of each point was a crossover that gave interest to the pattern but it is another thing I made up to accommodate the design I was looking for. I may remake this and post it in my shop again because it really is a lovely pattern. If anyone would like one, drop me a line and I can tell you about sizing and pricing: jjskohr@embarqmail.com

Well, that’s it for today’s show and tell everyone!

Enjoy your weekend!

Leaf Garland…Channeling my Inner Wood Nymph.

Like all children I had a extensive imagination of what I would be if I were not a little girl. A Mermaid?…to be friends with the sea animals, swim with the sharks, flip and turn through a coral reef as colorful and animated as a lush garden in the breeze? A Fairy with light as a snowflake gossamer wings, tiny, flitting and magical? Or my favorite, a Wood Nymph. A wee, sweet, mysterious woodland Goddess that sleeps in the crooks of trees, hides under colorful mushrooms, is rarely seen and protects all that is beautiful in the forest from the woodland creatures to every blooming flower and unfurling leaf. I wax poetic…

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Channeling my Inner Wood Nymph, I have created a new Couture design called Garland. Made entirely of tatted leaves it is the most natural way to be glamorous. And the perfect accessory if you also happen to be a Wood Nymph. Like me.

This design was difficult to photograph. I needed to wear it to show how it really looked and since each leaf is completely different in design, beading and color, there needed to be many shots the whole way around. I hope that these pics really give the best representation of this work.

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A look at how the Couture Leaf Garland was created

Nine original Snappy Tatter Leaf designs were shuttle tatted together using 100% Egyptian cotton tatting cordonnet in Leaf Green, Dark Leaf Green, Olive and Evergreen.

Beads were chosen in several shades of green to embellish the center veins of each leaf. Czech and Celestial crystal, Mill Hill glass and antique glass, and Czech glass seeds in a multitude of green hues. The large round cup near the lower right side contains lime green, copper-lined Czech glass beads that were sewn throughout for congruency and exceptional but tiny sparkle.

As the beads are sewn into the leaves, the leaves are attached to a shimmery green organdy ribbon that will serve to stabilize the design.

Wee gold Teeny Tat flowers are added for a little embellishment with gold glass bead centers. Then the ribbon is doubled back and attached to the garland. The work is measured and Sterling jewelry components added to create the right length. Finally, all the edges are tucked, pulled, pressed, straightened and slightly stiffened into place. This necklace makes a perfect choker. Especially if you are one who is blessed with a neck that is of the long, feminine variety. But for those who may be missing a vertebrae, like myself, it also looks lovely encircling the base of your neck.

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This is the first of more Garlands to come as the wheels in my head were turning uncontrollably as I tatted and created this design. I plan to have floral Garlands and Butterfly Garlands as well. Because the work is so labor intensive and no pattern for the design was created, Garlands will be part of my one-of-a-kind Couture line.

The listing for Leaf Garland in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/your/listings/94545995

I hope you enjoyed another look into a fresh design from my studio. More Snappy Couture designs can be found here:

Snappy Couture Jewelry

Feedback is welcome and definitely encouraged, especially from all the Wood Nymph’s at heart out there!

Cheers! Jennifer

(I am adding this because someone has asked: All Snappy Couture designs, Snappy Tatter original designs and their names are covered by copyright laws and are not available for reproduction. Blog posts are not intended to be a tutorial for reproduction of my work, just and inside look into the creation of my work-thank you for understanding.)

© 2012 Jennifer Kohr


What I’ve been up to today.

Today has been another busy day here in Snappy Tatter-land. Even with remnants of a migraine I have managed to have a full day from wake up till now. Mac tried to wake me this morning by standing on my husband’s dresser and yelling at me about a half hour before I wanted to get up. Simultaneously, BeBe circled my head and sniffed my face with her tiny wet nose. Grrrrrr. I don’t like to get up earlier than normal under any circumstances let alone by my cats with their slightly empty bellies. Nevertheless, after yelling at them I was awake anyways. While watching the morning shows, Kelly Ripa and Ellen, I sat under my lamps to get my antidepressant fake sunshine for a couple of hours and worked on updating my online shop. See post below.

Up here in my studio I caught up on a few things my migraine kept me from yesterday. I finished two custom pieces of jewelry, made a couple of Teeny Tat notecards to enclose in the orders, stiffened my Mother-in-law’s Faith cross and created a Pawprint necklace for a local Snappy Tatter friend.

This is a navy Debutante Choker that I finished hand sewing beads into this afternoon. It will be on its way to Canada tomorrow. Love those Canadians! This request began with a necklace to match the fancy Drip earrings in the first photo. After much collaboration, my friend in Canada decided upon the Debutante. One of my favorites, indeed. This particular version ended up being rather laborious as the beads were on the shuttle and drawn up one by one as I tied the knots. Basically the chains went like this….knot, knot, unwind shuttle, move 5 beads to the front, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, small picot, knot, unwind the shuttle, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, medium picot, knot, unwind the shuttle, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, long picot, knot, unwind the shuttle, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, medium picot, knot, unwind the shuttle, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, small picot, knot, knot. Ha! I kid you not. That would be one of the scallops in the chain. There are 26. And if you don’t get in a rhythm with this incredibly slow process, you will go bananas. So I have been working on it small portions at a time. The choker will be tied with matching ribbon at the back. 

Later this afternoon, I worked on a Paw Print for a co-worker of my husband’s. A fresh, new Snappy Tatter design. I am toying with whether to put it in my online shop or not. I wouldn’t mind some feedback from everyone. The original prototype was done in black with tiny picots for claws. My customer preferred no picots. I was thinking I would stiffen them and make them pointy.

Later I stiffened the Faith cross below for my Mother-in-law. Made with the most delicate tatting cordonnet in cream with wee, brilliant rocaille beading, it is another original pattern of my own.

This cross also has a frilly Teeny Tat (my name for tiny one ring flowers) in the center. I made two Teeny Tat cards to enclose in each order. I try to keep up with these simple notecards so they are always available to ship with orders. I have a pile of little flowers right now that need to be added to cards. Something I am hoping to do tomorrow. I hand draw stems in various ways on single sided cardstock in pastel colors. I add my web address to the matching envelope flap and enclose the little card in a clear PPO sleeve. I hope that people are sending these all over the world. I would love for someone to come up to me and tell me they received one someday! I sell Teeny Tats in sets on Etsy. They should be back online soon. I will post here when they are back.

That’s it for my day. I am off to change and enjoy dinner at a friend’s house this evening.

Cheers!

Sneak Peek!

A gallery of work that will be going to the Keystone Summit show this week. I will be there Tuesday 12/6 and Friday 12/9 from 10 am till at least 2:30. My Etsy Shop will be back online this coming weekend after everything is wrapped up. This gallery is not everything that will be at my show, just the things I had a chance to snap a picture of this past weekend while working my tail off to prepare!

Adjustable Cocktail Rings!

Bracelets and Cuffs.

25% Off Cocktail Rings…

Barrettes and Sterling Bobby Pins

A few earrings…there are many many more

Necklaces, Statement Necklaces, Couture and Pendants

A partial display of necklaces on top of my sewing table…just figuring out which display pieces will need to travel with me.

Vivien Stick Pin…

Diana Stick Pin…

Pink ribbon Pendant…

A new Rosette Barrette.

Dainty Flake Sterling Bobby Pin…

Dainty Flake Brooch…

More Earrings…

And a new Snowball ornament…

You can contact me at jjskorh@embarqmail.com if you have any questions or requests.

See the posts below for more pics of recent work.

Cheers! Jennifer

Fresh Work going to the Keystone Summit Holiday Show

My latest gallery of work that will be traveling to my show next week. I will be there Tuesday 12/6 and Friday 12/9. If you see something you like, contact me at jjskohr@embarqmail.com to purchase ahead of time. And I will deliver your purchase at my show.

My work is handmade, shuttle-tatted lace that I design and embellish by hand. Read my profile to learn more about me: https://snappytatter.wordpress.com/about-jennifer-kohr/

Tatted Christmas Wreath Pendants with glass beading in various shades of evergreen.

Asymmetrical Flurry in variegated blue with CZ centers and glass beading, Flounce Choker with matte navy pearls on textured lace necklace and matching earrings, and Allure with wood and glass beading, wood focal disc and matching earrings.

Graduated Simplicity Bracelet that tapers on both ends and has Czech glass beading in the center (pics 1 & 2), Embrace Cuff in heavy cordonnet, with cut picot edging and gunmetal components.

And my favorite latest design, Princess…

Each graduated ring in this tatted collar is beaded with silver-lined clear glass for a lovely twinkle. Graduated glass pearls are hand sewn through the entire design. Princess is finished with a round, floral box clasp that is both beautiful and secure.

Want more information on any of this work? Feel free to leave me a message in the comment box below or send me an email. I always respond promptly, no  matter how crazy it is around here ! 😉

Cheers!

Jennifer

Fresh Snow and Thank you Contest Entrants!

Congratulations to Melody, Cat, Sarah H., Jennifer E., Carol, Chitra, Kelley, Jovanka, Dee, Connie C., and Don G.! You have all been entered in my Dainty Flake Earring Give-Away!  The contest is open for a 16 more days! Entering is easy. Any of the following actions will win you at least one entry: Subscribe to my Blog, purchase on Etsy, become a fan on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and/or answer my marketing question.

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