Snappy Couture…Petite Full Bloom, the love child of Full Bloom and Aspen

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!

Here’s the original Full Bloom! You can cast your vote for this design and help me win an online contest here (2nd page): http://www.andthedesignwinneris.com

Full Bloom

Full Bloom

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!

Jennifer

Getting to that Red Carpet!

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!

Full Bloom

Full Bloom

Wreath

Wreath

Thank you everyone! XO!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Holiday updates, Weekend sale, Free Shipping and mailing upgrade!

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.

And for everyone that just can’t resist the urge for that last minute online shopping and are worried about time, here’s what I can do for you:
~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…

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer Kohr
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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.

Snappy Tatter style…new Couture and snowflakes

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~

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~Vixen Collar~

~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!

Jennifer

Latest Snappy Tatter discounts for you!

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 jjskohr@embarqmail.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!

Greetings everyone! Well, camping season is officially over here in Snappy Tatter-land. Booooo. We eeked out one more trip this past weekend and it was almost too chilly at 50 degrees during the day and 40’s at night. Almost. And yes, we were in a tent! And no, there was no heater! As the year winds down, business winds up in Snappy Tatter-land with the holiday season fast approaching. Enclosed in this e-Newsletter are future ST plans and recent works as well as the much coveted exclusive discounts for my followers. Continue reading

New niece and new Snappy Couture!

First, I have to share a photo of the newest member of my family. Meet Lindi Faith, my youngest niece! Shown here with me only 9 days old. Such a tiny tiny baby and so perfect, the little one brought on that weepy delighted feeling you get when holding something so precious! lindi

Also new is my latest Snappy Couture design, Aspen Trio.  Although it is not as beautiful and precious as my niece, it deserves a shout out as well.

Aspen Trio is 3 small leaves tatted together to form a contemporary design. This is a new leaf design that I had not yet used in my work. The leaf is smaller, and more compact. I don’t like to monkey around with variegated threads much unless it is for leaves which always turn out very cool looking. I think variegation takes away from the design of tatted lace with little exception. So my multicolor threads are all in shades of greens and autumn colors. I picked up this color last year and this is my first time using it. It is called “herbal garden”. I love how all three leaves transition in almost the same manner. I added jewel tone Czech glass beading at all of the connections, overlapped the leaves and added hand sewn, olive, Swarovski Crystal pearls down the center veins. I love the end result and you can find the listing in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165355669

On one of our camping trips this summer, I spent some time re-designing my Maple leaf pattern. I think the result is more proportionally accurate. It is modeled after an actual leaf I plucked off a nearby tree. I came home, and once again using a variegated cordonnet, created this simple Maple leaf pendant with a wood disc back, Bordeaux Swarovski crystal pearl embellishment and chocolate brown ribbon necklace. A simple tribute to my favorite season. Autumn in western Pennsylvania is stunning!

Recently I did a little work for a charity providing a Pitter Patter necklace for a raffle for the Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas. I also made this necklace for the Butler county Humane Society fundraiser last year. Being an animal lover, I enjoy contributing to the fundraising efforts of rescue organizations.

I made the necklace in charcoal thinking it would attract more people than straight black or white. Plus, when I think of a Schnauzer, I think of the salt and pepper “old man” appearance of their coats.

You can find the Pitter Patter listing in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130442097

There are several colors I can make it in and if you have something specific in mind, I may be able to accommodate you. Just drop me a line. I love to do custom work. In fact, most of my work from July this year till now has been custom or bridal! Hmmm.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

🙂

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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Snappy Couture “Angel”

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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.

Here’s what the Dirty Dainty looked like before my attempts to clean it: P1110466

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

The Garden Watch.

Well Happy Birthday to me! This past March 23rd marked the beginning of my 40th year on this earth and I thought I would make myself something special to commemorate the occasion. I have been wanting to work with watches for awhile. There are always so many ideas on my list. So I decided to treat myself to a functional piece of fiber art. I did not take photos as I worked like I do with some of my more expansive projects but I have loads of pics of the finished work. I will instead explain the steps it took to create my new watch while I show the photo galleries.

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This began with a silver grey base of tight, small, tatted rings that were connected across both the width and length. It is a split ring pattern I call Pulse. On both sides of the watch face are additional tatted rings that connect Sterling jumprings to the watch. The grey tatting stops at the face, splits to attach to the face and then continues under the watch to attach at the other side and continue on around the wrist. Sound tricky? Yeah, a wee bit. 🙂

I added a ruffle to the edge using half of my Daisy Chain pattern which is a continuous pattern of flower petals. Dark gold seed beads were tatted into medium charcoal cord. Already I was feeling something glamorous but organic developing. After I was finished with the first side, I decided to hold off on the second side until I worked more. Ultimately, I liked the ruffle around my wrist but did not want to detract from the floral vine too much so I left the other side straight. I am a huge fan of ruffles and lace, go figure.

Next I added the olive green vine. With heavier size 10 cordonnet, I used my vine pattern to create the design. I tatted connections into the gray bracelet pattern through the leaves and the turns of the vine. This watch base was becoming very sturdy and much of the stretch was reducing with added layers making it very important that it was the appropriate length from the beginning.

To further anchor the vine, I whip-stitched a light mocha cord around it and through the original bracelet base. I chose the light mocha to subdue the olive color a little making the work more earthy.

Next the sweet little size 80 Teeny Tat flowers are added. Each is individually hand sewn into the work with a brilliant Swarovski crystal sewn into the center. The colors are some of my most favorite, salmon, brick, peach and very light orange. These little delights cup up around the crystals. Love, love, love it!

Now that most of the fiber artwork is finished (and days have passed), I needed to create a base that was durable, firm, and easily cared for. I needed to finish the watch in a way that it could be worn for a very long time. I want it to wear like steel. I began by attaching the silver Pulse base to the back cover of the watch with permanent resin. I can actually pull the back free with the bracelet attached to change the battery if need be. Small green leaves were permanently secured to the watch face, further securing it. And leaves were added to the sides creating a cup around the entire watch. I was able to remove some of the Sterling jumprings so the remaining rings were more discreet.

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The final finishing was attaching the base ribbon and hardware. I used olive organdy ribbon to show some sparkle through the design. And under the the olive is a more substantial ribbon of shiny silver to make the tatted silver rings “pop”. The ribbons were discreetly stitched to the tatting. Sterling and gunmetal jewelry components completed the watch. I love my watch and I wear it all the time!

There you have it. My favorite new creation, the Garden Watch. It took many days to develop and finish and was well worth the time. I hope you have enjoyed my new work!

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.)

A few of my favorite things…Threads!

One of my favorite things in my stash of supplies is my threads. I use the highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton tatting cordonnet in all of my work. My brand of choice is Lizbeth which has been expanded to include all of the sizes I use from 10 to 80 and comes in a crazy multitude of colors.

I also use Majestic and DMC for my size 80. For those of you that don’t know, the higher the number the finer the cordonnet. So size 80 is really close to the same size as sewing thread. The Lark’s Head knots are miniscule and almost undetectable without a sharp pair of eyes (or a microscope). I love to use cordonnet this fine because it creates the tiniest work but is still firm because of the quality.  A lot of my fiber art works have wee size 80 components. The Sophie butterfly on this garden box is made from two of my favorite shades of Lizbeth size 80 cordonnet, salmon pink and light orange. This little box is 3″ x 3″ and 2″ deep. You can find more fiber art creations in the galleries to the left and many for sale in my shop, Snappy Tatter, here.

Sophie's Garden

Sophie’s Garden

I also have Omega, Flora and Altin Basak which I use on a limited basis because it is softer and ends up creating lace this is not as firm as Lizbeth. When I began tatting I thought that I would start with a lower priced cordonnet not knowing that using the best cord makes a huge impact on your finished work. Now I work with the best so my designs retain their shape and need little care. Snowflakes are in Hakelgarn. It has outstanding body so Flakes are firm. Plus it comes in a larger ball to accommodate the many many Flakes I make each year!

My favorite colors are warm. Reds, gold, oranges and yellows are a treat for my eyes. I like the earthy colors too and warmer shades of blue in turquoise and teal. And salmon pink, peach and tangerine are just gorgeous to me as well as saturated royal colors like purple and cobalt. Here is a peek into my thread drawer which just keeps getting fuller and fuller.

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Size 10 is on the left and the wee balls of 70 and 80 are on the right. The variegated threads I use are mostly leafy or autumn colors because they make fantastic leaves. I do have a couple variegated blues for snowflakes and a black and white “zebra” variegated which is cool but rarely used. I prefer not to work in variegated colors much because I think the transitioning colors detract from design of the lace itself. This is just my feelings on the matter. Many people enjoy using variegated threads. It is fun to watch them transition as you stitch.

With the winter months comes my annual Snappy Tatter evaluation where I review all listings for content, photos, correct pricing and shipping information. Because Etsy now allows me to have listing variations so people can choose different sizes and colors, I have added many new options to my “made to order” (MTO) work. Below is the color cards I have created so buyers can select their color from my stash. It is all the Lizbeth , Majestic and DMC colors. I have numbered them so there is no question which color a person chooses. Size 10 are on top, then 20 and the bottom are my size 70-80 colors.

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The shades are a bit out of order because when I get a new color I have to add it where there is space. Below are all of my size 20 variegated colors. Yummy!

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You can see how many of these shades can make fabulous leaves!

The soft white variegated makes beautiful jewelry designs. The bracelet below is a lovely example of what  happens when you tat with such a muted variegated. It has an antique feel to it.

MOD Cuff in creamy white with Czech glass and glass pearls

MOD Cuff in creamy white with Czech glass and glass pearls

I order my threads two or three times a year and keep adding to my stash as they keep developing more lovely colors. Much of my contemporary work is in neutrals like black and charcoal and ecru but a gorgeous array of colors are essential for my fiber art, Gala Couture and floral works.

I hope you have enjoyed my first issue of  “a few of my favorite things”. Which is your favorite color?

Have a great day!

Jennifer