I forgot the pattern :p

Empress Cuff in my favorite color

Yes, I forgot to write down the pattern. Lol. I create my own designs here in Snappy Tatter-land. I often experiment with new ideas and push myself to create work that is unusual and elegant. I don’t even remember making the bracelet in the picture above. I keep my laceworks in small packages in trays of “to be finished” works. Since we moved this past fall I have been slowly putting my studio together in my new room and I came across my stash of unfinished lacework. I found this pattern and thought, “how lovely…surely I wrote down the pattern as I made it.” Well, I did not. Ugh. :p But I felt it was worth recreating to sell in my Etsy shop so I set about trying to figure out what the h-e-double hockey sticks I had done to create this! Oh boy. With my strongest readers on I flipped and flopped the work back and forth to try to count the knots, figure out where the joins were, and write it all down. Then I grabbed my shuttles and started tatting away, making corrections and timing myself as I went along.

Ultimately, it is not exactly the same as the orange one although it will take a keen eye to see what is different. Nevertheless it is just as elegant and ornate as the original. It took HOURS to create. It may not look like it but there are four rounds to the design. I chose to call it “Empress” because it reminds me of the kind of lace royalty would wear. It is amazingly detailed and was tedious to create. The orange one is for me. It is my favorite color and the perfect shade of orangey-red to me. The black one can be found in this Etsy listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1014202509.

I try to always write my patterns down. I may actually have it somewhere and just didn’t look hard enough. Anyhoo-now it is done and diagrammed for future production. I hope you like it. It is ready to ship in black but I can make it in about 47 different colors.

That’s what’s up in Snappy Tatter-land!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Fresh work with a feminine style

While I wait for my sister-in-law to send me some great pics of our camping trip together I thought I would share some new work that is listed in my Etsy shop.

Apparently I was feeling very girly when I created these things as they are super feminine styles. Sometimes my work is glamorous, sometimes hardcore. My work changes with my mood and with the seasons. I am realizing more and more that I create in a variety of styles from whimsical to earthy to modern chic.

Many people don’t realize that I started as an artist that worked in Portraiture, Expressionism and Surrealism. Prismacolor pencils and charcoal were my favorite mediums although I frequently worked with pen and ink and graphite. Eventually I would like to photograph my work which is now very very old and create a gallery here. A lot of it is intense, strange and sometimes disturbing. It’s another dynamic to my brain that most don’t know about. I have a capacity, to this day, to be able to draw things exactly as I see them. Although I don’t draw for pleasure much anymore, I do work my ideas out in sketches before I begin creating a pattern and then diagram the finished design. My pattern book looks like it is filled with hieroglyphics! My embroidery is also drawn before it is created. Anyhoo-I digress.

Here is my newest work. Click the photos to be taken to full descriptions, price and photos. As always, anyone who would like to purchase directly through email or PayPal can drop me a line at jjskohr@embarmail.com.

Flair II Choker

Flair Earrings in Baby Pink

Sara Butterfly Pendant in Azalea Pink

MOD Cuff in creamy white with Czech glass and glass pearls

I got a new Obsession…

Obsession was one of my first original Snappy Tatter designs and still one of my favorites. Designed while we were hiking the Laurel Highlands, this time consuming and very dense pattern makes a fabulous cuff. I have sold it several times and my mother-in-law wears a black one. Currently, I have a silver one and a larger black one for sale on Etsy.

The pattern came from  an idea that was not working out the way I had planned. It was the beginning of my attempts to design my own patterns and I was still getting used to the turns and twists that have to be negotiated as you try to work something out in tatted lace. Ultimately, this pattern became a striking cuff that needs little embellishment, just a line of beads through the center. http://www.etsy.com/listing/64736242

http://www.etsy.com/listing/43567025

The Obsession lace already takes several hours to complete but one of these days I am going to go all out and totally deck it out with stones and beads and gems. Snappy Couture-it will be fabulous!

In the meantime, my newest version in the center photo has larger rings and longer chains making it one of the widest cuffs I have made at 2.5″ across. It has been beaded through the middle with Hematite and black Czech crystal.

I will add this to my gallery to the left.

We are having rainy day after rainy day here in western PA. And though it is doing wonders for all of my perennials….soggy days can bring the blues. I am remedying that with tatting various flowers over and over.

I will be at the New Castle Riverwalk Arts Festival this May 28th, my first outdoor show. And I would like to have many many things that scream “spring is here!!!!” So lots of flowers, leaves, butterflies, dragonflies. I think this will be fun. And it is in the neighborhood of the gallery I used to belong to so I am hoping to see many of my fellow artist friends. I will have the hubbs with me…he’s so good to me! So-hopefully I can get him to take lots of photos.

Good night all!

Jennifer

Oh! And Yay USA!!!!!