My Etsy shop is back online. Visit http://www.snappytatter.etsy.com for ready to ship handmade lacework just in time for the holiday season. I will have made to order listings added as soon as I get the mountain of boxes in my soon to be studio sorted out. Thank you all for your patience while I moved across the US. We are now settled in West Virginia in a sweet new home. Happy shopping with Snappy Tatter and please feel free to ask for custom work during while I get settled!
Over the years I have frequently had custom requests and requests for bridal work. Here are some of the requests I have had.
One of my favorite customers has requested custom work many times from me. I am always happy to collaborate with her to get her very own unique jewelry. She really liked my Aster pendant and wanted a matching barrette. This is the pendant and what I made to match.
This same customer often asks for full sets with multiple pairs of earrings, a 3″ barrette, necklace and/or pendant, and cocktail ring. This gray, black and white set is based on a necklace with a decorative pendant. I really enjoyed creating this body of work for her.
She also asked for a custom watch design, and I happily obliged.
A customer from Texas found me through my Etsy shop and asked if I might be able to design Apple watch bands. She works as a nurse and wanted bands that were more interesting than what was available that would match her scrubs. After creating the first design, she asked for two more. She supplied the apple watch connections and clasps for me and I tatted them into the lacework.
I created a Couture design called Full Bloom (sold), made of full size roses and deep green leaves. A customer contacted me wanting a small version of the design because she could not afford the original necklace. I keep my prices as low as I can so I rarely have room to discount my work, especially when it comes to my J Kohr Couture line that is so labor intensive. I happily created a small rose with leaves and my customer was very happy. It is the picture below the original, Full Bloom.
One of my other favorite Couture designs, Leaf Garland, was found by a customer who was the mother of the bride in her daughter’s upcoming wedding. She loved the design but needed the colors changed. I do not keep track of my Couture patterns because they are meant to be unique but I did recreate the design pretty closely in black and peach. It was stunning! First picture is Leaf Garland which is available for sale here in my shop. The second picture was my custom request.
Black jewelry for bridal parties seemed to be popular one year. I never know what kind of request I will get and I will spend hours talking to brides about what they want so I can get them the perfect colors, sizes, designs and beading. Both sets are based on the Dainty Flower Bracelet design. Beaded with clear, silver-lined, gunmetal seeds and hematite rounds, this one was very striking.
Another black set I created was beaded with blue seed beads and brilliant black crystals throughout. Not only did it include necklace, earrings and bracelet, but also a bobby pin for the bride’s hair.
For another bridal party, I created 5 of the same kind of bracelet, the Lacey design, in a lightly variegated off white thread. Beaded with glass pearls and clear fringe beads, these bracelets turned out beautiful.
One of the most labor intensive sets of bridal party jewelry was created in sunflower yellow and cream. Two necklaces and one bracelet, each of a different design and matched with a pair of earrings for 3 bridesmaids. It is one of my favorite requests.
Last year, I got married myself and designed my own jewelry. I created and amazing cuff that took forever to create. Every intersection in the cuff is beaded with silver-lined clear seed beads. I also made a head band to wrap around my braided bun. And I made myself earrings to match. I embellished the headband and earrings with Swarovski crystal pearls and Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystals. I felt like a little princess!
Among other works that have been custom requested is this green Infinity Bracelet:
Also, a very petite version of the Summer Gala necklace with a simple flower, butterfly and leaves:
I created a new design all together, called Woven, for someone who sent me a picture of what she was looking for. Long tatted chains woven together create this lovely design:
A friend of mine wanted a design that would allow her to wear her father’s dogtag daily. I know her well and created a simple, bold, design that suited her beautifully edgy personality. I have been trying to recreate the design as a bracelet or maybe a watch band and boy am I struggling. I think I may have to just sit here at my computer and blow up one of the photos and count to figure out how this was made!
Lastly, a customer wanted matching butterfly barrettes for her granddaughters in green. This is what I designed:
I do create a lot of custom work and am always happy to collaborate. Business has been terribly slow but I am not surprised. With the pandemic and so many people struggling with money, buying tatted jewelry and artwork is on the back burner. I understand. But if you are looking for a great custom gift or wedding work, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
New work has been created and is now ready for sale in the category “Currently for Sale” on the left or the right depending on what device you are viewing this with. I have not created my design called “Vine” in a long time and decided to revisit it. In olive and deep red, I think I hit the mark. I altered the pattern to have two leaves before each flower instead of one. The result was a winding vine that retains its shape with red flowers along the way. I have also decided that people seem to request sets of jewelry often so I made Vine earrings to go with the bracelet. The center bead is a rich, garnet red, Swarovski crystal pearl. The beading in the petals of the flowers are Aurora Borealis amber Czech glass drops.
Strand is one of my favorite designs for its simplicity and elegance. Again, I made a set of jewelry this time but it was a pendant and earrings set. Wee blue seed beads with copper centers are woven into the tatting and along the ends before ending in brilliant turquoise colored crystals that I have acquired. Simple, unique, elegant, the pendant is suspended from a simple silver chain. Perfect for day or night, you can find this jewelry set with the other in the new category to the left, right or below (depending on your device-lol).
Finally, as many of you know now, I got married this summer. And I designed all of my jewelry and hair accessory. The above pendant is the design I used for earrings. My husband helped me aptly name it “Scallop”. Possibly because of the scalloped edges, possibly because he used to be a commercial fisherman. Either way, I love the name. There are silver-lined Czech glass seeds tatted into the intersections and a brilliant Swarovski crystal in the center, a Celestial crystal dangles from the bottom, as well. Brilliant but not flashy and very white with the white satin cord necklace…I think the holidays and beyond will suit this pendant well.
Along with tatting and drawing and painting and living, I have been pondering about my site here on wordpress. I own my own domain…that is why you are at http://www.snappytatter.com and not “ww.snappytatter.someplace.com”. And earlier this year I upgraded so you won’t be bothered by ads while I chit chat. Now I am thinking of upgrading further so that this domain will become a place for full service shopping. Right now, you can buy any of the items I have listed one by one but my main shop is still on the Etsy platform (whose practices have become irritating and unhelpful as of late). It costs more money (of course) to turn this into a platform where I chat and you can shop endlessly, so I am giving this serious thought. My question to those of you reading this tonight/day…would you like to shop here along with hearing about my life, projects, and other ideas I may explore? Right now, you can buy things one at a time. An upgrade would mean you get to shop and purchase more than one item. And as always I am available to chat about custom work. It would just be through email, which is actually faster for me. So chime in, please, I would love to know what you think. In the meantime I will do more research on how simple the change is or isn’t.
I will return soon with more new work and more thoughts on upgrading.
Head’s up my peeps! I am offering my Couture items here at a lower price. I am able to do this with less overhead here. What is Couture, you may ask. It’s J Kohr Couture and to me it means a lot of things but mostly, it is my finest work. It is one-of-a kind. It takes hours and often days to handmake and will never be duplicated. It is so unique it cannot be duplicated, as a matter of fact. I am extremely proud of the Couture I have made over the years and ultimately I want it sold here. Here I can talk about it, show progress photos and offer it at a lower price than the ever increasing outside venues. You can find what I am offering at the top of the page to the left or right depending on what device you are using. I can update as more things are added. For now, you can visit Bubbles the fish…
I have not entered an art show of any kind for years. This is our 3rd summer here in Arco and I decided to spread my wings a little and enter 3 of my embroidered paintings into the modest art show. And I WON! Yay!!!! All 3 of my works earned first place in their categories with two of them also winning the Judge’s Choice award. This is so exciting for me!
There will be more embroidered paintings and tatted sculptures coming in the future. I have been working more and am excited to share with you what has been happening around here.
The Dreamer embroidery framing is finally finished. Goodness gracious that was a process. I tried a couple different frames, different styles of matting, glass and acrylic glazing…I finally came up with this simple silver frame that has enough depth it could be used in a shadowbox manner. I found fantastic 8-ply heavyweight archival matting that is perfect. So no matter how hard I try…I cannot seem to get my Dreamer fiber painting to have a crisp photo for Etsy. The detail photos are all crisp, the color perfect, and I am happy with them but the framed one will not translate to a crisp photo. The actual photo in my computer is perfect and needed little editing. So I am posting the photo here for a reference for potential patrons. Click on the photo to be taken to the actual Snappy Tatter listing. Enjoy!
I happy to introduce one of my latest fiber art designs, Dreamer. The original thought in my mind was different than the outcome, which frequently happens in my work as it evolves. The conception changes as I work with the colors and texture. I change my decisions as to where it is going based on what I am feeling and seeing. My palette of colors was chosen and the linen pressed and stretched to a frame creating a canvas for me to work on. The colors were grouped in families; warm grays, browns, mauve, grapes, reds, oranges, and a family of contrasts in chartreuse. I used what is available here from my huge stock of threads, mostly cotton floss but also pearl cotton, rayon and metallic threads. All the thread was cut into usable lengths and tied to cards for organization. All the skeins of thread were kept in small packages that were secured to a large ring. The organization it takes to start any of my projects usually takes a couple of hours itself.
This embroidery began with a drawing of the face in graphite. The face I drew was shortened as I stitched and the expression slightly altered to convey more contentment and appear more realistic.
I started to take progress photos of the stitching of the “hair” after the face was completed. I worked on this for an hour or two at a time. Every time I stepped away I saw how the colors needed worked and re-worked to create a blended effect. There are approximately 34 colors in this work. I have to use my threads to blend much as a painter blends their paint. Shades, tones and tints. The process was interesting for me. I have never created something like this before. It was neat to continually add more color, more depth to the design. The slide show below shows some of the progression of stitching. The colors are off because I took the photos under various lighting with my camera or phone.
The result of my stitching and stitching was heavy layers of the cotton floss and the design became raised from the linen. Incredible texture was created due to the process I was using to paint the linen; Add a new color, work it into the previous layer, add low lights, work the previous layer into the new one and add highlights, repeat. Hours went by. The images in the slide show below show the depth and texture of Dreamer.
After the hair was completed…or more accurately, I stopped nitpicking and reworking the design, I added the chartreuse to the spaces between the curls making my choice of colors “pop” even more vibrantly. In the final hours of work, I added pearl cotton, rayon and metallic threads for spark throughout the hair. But the icing on the cake was the brilliant Swarovski crystals that were added and the tiny little pop-up PIXIE butterflies that flutter about the curls. The PIXIEs are shuttle tatted with the finest cordonnet and wee silver-lined glass beads are tatted into the wings. The are hand sewn in and stiffened to remain 3-D. I created a swirl of shimmer radiating from the face to the tips of the flaming hair. In the next set of detail pics you can see the raised butterflies, Swarovski crystals and the chartreuse that peeks through the curls.
I framed the work myself. I chose a simple silver metal frame and double mat in white and an ivory that matches the linen.
Dreamer is now available for sale in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. You can find the listing and full description here. I am also joining another venue called fineartamerica to sell prints of this and other embroideries. When I have my account up and running, I will post here so you can stop by and tell me what you think! I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about what a Snappy Tatter does when she is not tatting! Comments are encouraged!
My second fish is swimming into Snappy Tatter-land! In lilac and peach with berry colored seeds and silver lined gold glass for a “pop”…this brilliant little fish turned out perfect! Fishy Fishy has perfect Swarovski crystals embedded in the tail and front fin. The rocailles that make the gold stripe along her back have a square hole making them more sparkly than regular round beads. I have made long Strand earrings that match, too!
Fishy Fishy is listed on Etsy in my JKohr Couture section of my Etsy shop.
More work and news is coming to Snappy Tatter-land soon. I did not get into the magazine that had messaged me. That is fine. Although the Editor loved my work, the publisher was not as interested. The jewelry designers in the magazine are fabulous but the work is more traditional than my handmade lace. Still, it is nice to be noticed and she did ask me to submit pieces in the future if I am interested.
I am getting through the most difficult part of the year with my chronic illness a little easier because of the nerve blocks I get. So that is good news. I hope I can stay on top of Snappy Tatter things better. I just try to take it day by day. God gives me what I need and I try to be as helpful to my fellows as possible! Everything works out better when I live that way!
All of you know it takes a lot to draw me away from what makes me…me. A life of lace-making, designing, drawing and exploring the natural world. I found out what it takes to do that last year. I have always shared small details of my personal life so you can get to know me beyond being an artist. It almost feels like an obligation, albeit minor, to explain where I went, why I haven’t been here and why I am back. I think mostly because from here on I want to share my new life with you and my new life is very different now. Without a simple explanation it may actually seem like I was abducted by aliens and plopped back down on the planet a year later in a different life altogether. That is not a distant analogy.
Here is the short and simple answer for my absence…I was divorced at the beginning of the year. At the end of the year, I moved my fur babies and Snappy Tatter 2300 miles away to a cabin on a mountaintop in Washington to live with my sweetheart. So life seemed to be stagnant, move forward extremely fast, screeched to a halt, take an about-face and fly the other direction until it just started to cruise along comfortably again. And here I am.
I have still worked, I have still drawn and done some minor things to keep busy. I have taken lots of photographs to fill my beloved “inspiration” folder on my computer. I have kept my eyes open and my mind ready. But in order to keep my internal scales balanced I had to move some things around. Snappy Tatter as a business stopped in time. I had to be okay with that. My business is not what makes me thrive…my art makes me thrive. And that stays with me in the workings of my mind even when it is not being expressed.
Snappy Tatter is back. I am back. As all the repercussions of my relatively simple divorce fell into place I realized for the first time in my years…I can go ANYWHERE.
There is a meme online that says something like…she thought she could, so she did. That was my life last year. The man I fell in love with was miles from me in an opposite kind of life that I was in. I was in the greater Pittsburgh area…very metropolitan, full of culture and easy access to everything you can think of from every ethnic restaurant to healthcare. He was on a small mountain on the border of Canada in northeast Washington living a simplified, rustic life that required hard work and was about a half hour from the smallest of towns. Our connection was, you guessed it, the internet, the phone, Skype, texting.
When we couldn’t bear to be apart any longer, he came to be with me in PA while I searched for a new home in the countryside. I kept coming up empty with options as time was ticking away inside a house I had up for sale. SHE THOUGHT SHE COULD, SO SHE DID. I moved. Away from the state I grew up in to here…a place I could only dream of being.
My Life 2.0
Snappy Tatter is open again. I have a small area to work in with my drafting table and desk. I am still sorting through alllllll of my threads, findings, beads, paperwork, boxes, photos, pencils, tablets…it goes on and on. Much of my “things” are stored in a room above the porch that is uninsulated so we have enough room in this A-frame cabin with our two cats, dog, and the guinea pig. Yes, I have a dog now. My life is unbelievable now. So incredibly different. I am different. I wanted you to know…I had to unravel everything a bit to knit my life back stronger and better for me.
So there will be new work galleries coming soon of what I have done over last year for a handful of faithful customers (thank you for your patience, Heidi). There will be photos of my new work space, maybe a few of the lazy furbabies, this wee cabin, a couple of my Love including a drawing of his handsome face, and many of the vast acres upon acres of God’s land I am now blessed to live in. Life has changed…so will Snappy Tatter. That is truly what it means to be an artist…as life changes…so does the work. And how you feel about it. Welcome everyone, into my new life.
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!