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: Here’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/
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.
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!
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.
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.
One small mint green PIXIE butterfly enjoys this garden with a wee silver lined rocaille in its center.
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!
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.)
Let me tell you, some of my favorite creations are in my Snappy Couture line of jewelry. One-of-a-kind, and very labor intensive, these designs allow me to let my creativity out to push the limits of lace-making. When I was a little girl I wanted to be an architect, interior designer or a clothing designer…or a zookeeper (until I found out you don’t get to just play with the animals). To me, creating wearable works of art satisfies both the artistic designer and the analytical engineer in me, effective use of both sides of my brain!
There are over 25 different pieces of Snappy Couture all over the world. And the collection is continuously being added to. One Snappy Tatter follower requested a smaller version of the Full Bloom bouquet necklace that was more affordable for her.
I worked within her budget and was able to design a smaller rose bouquet using the same colors, smaller flowers and tighter Aspen leaves instead of the Oak that are in the original. The leaves are tatted together for a super durable base. The flowers are hand sewn into the design. I love the 3-D pop up effect of my roses! At her request, I added ivory Swarovski pearls instead of gold ones and finished the necklace with Sterling Silver jewelry components and ivory ribbon. The beading is minimal. There are only a few matte green/bronze seeds down the center veins of the leaves. Petite Full bloom is one of those designs that only needs a little embellishment because the lacework is the showstopper!
I will be back soon with a showcase and chat about the Garden Watch I made that didn’t even make it to my Etsy shop! A dear friend of mine snapped it up at it’s premier!
Live, Love, Tat!
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!
Thank you everyone! XO!
Live, Love, Tat!
Hi there WordPress peeps! Below is the holiday edition of the Snappy Tatter e-Newsletter including the latest sales and coupon codes. Please forgive any format bloops…I copied and pasted from the actual email and sometimes the formatting does not translate.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Greetings from Snappy Tatter! Before the holiday turkey is mutilated and all you crazy peeps get in line to shop at 3 am, I thought I would send out a quick snappy Tatter-land update.From today until Monday, December 2nd, my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, will have FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on all purchases. Just use coupon code “SNAPPYTHANKSGIVING“* during checkout. You can use the coupon as many times as you like.
~I can ship domestic packages through Priority Mail up to 12/21 and your package should be received by 12/25.
~For International orders I can ship Priority Mail up to 12/14**.
~If you think a package won’t make it to you in time, I can ship direct to the recipient for you. Make sure you notify me by leaving a message during checkout or send me a convo or email. Otherwise I always ship to the Etsy address provided.
~Finally, I have some seriously beautiful black and white floral Snappy Tatter wrapping paper and red ribbon. I am more than happy to gift wrap! I can use small stickers that are removable so you can take a peek before you give it as a gift, as well!
From 12/1 to 12/20 there will be a FREE PRIORITY MAIL UPGRADE*** on your holiday order. Just write “Free Priority, Please” in message to seller and I will upgrade your shipping at no cost. Note: This promotion does not speed up my actual tatting! 😉
One last and important note: Thank you everyone who came to visit at the Adams Ridge Holiday Show. I had a great time and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Unfortunately, because of a change in my priorities, I will not be attending the Keystone Summit this year. If you would like to see my work in person…you will just have to travel to Snappy Tatter-land! Thanks so much for all of the encouragement and support you all give me throughout the year. I would just not be as Snappy without all of you!
Everyone have safe and wonderful holidays with all of your families and friends. The next newsletter will be out in the New Year. Until then…
Want to purchase outside of Etsy? Send me an email with what you would like to purchase. I accept PayPal, money orders and checks for email sales. My Etsy shop can take all credit cards directly.Are you interested in custom or bridal work? I will be happy to collaborate. *Free shipping is for Domestic shipping only. Please contact me if you would like reduced International shipping for this promotion. SNAPPYTHANKSGIVING can be used as many times as you like. Only one coupon code can be used at a time. Enter Coupon Code in Coupon Code box during Checkout. **As with all International mailings, I cannot guarantee when you will receive your package in a specified time because it depends on the workings of other country’s postal services. ***Free Priority Mail upgrade does not speed up the production of any made to order items. Made to order purchases are created in the order that they are received. This promotion only changes the type of shipping that is chosen from standard First Class to Priority Mail 2-3 day. This promotion is only applied if it is mentioned during the purchasing process. Please contact me with any questions. If you do not use the code or mention it in “message to seller” free shipping or Priority Mail Upgrade will not be applied.
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~
~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!
Hi peeps! The latest Snappy Tatter e-newsletter is out with lots of new info and holiday discounts. If you would like to receive this e-Newsletter via email when it comes out so you can take advantage asap, just send a message to email@example.com. My newsletter comes out every 2-3 months and showcases new work, talks about future plans and contains exclusive discounts that are hard to find!
Here’s the holiday newsletter!