The Big “Name that Flower” Give-away!

Hello Peeps! I’ve missed you all so now it’s give-away time!

While I have been “taking it easy”, I have created a new flower. Yay! As most of you know or have realized by now, I love designing flowers and flora and their associated fauna, (mostly insects) and this one needs a name. This give-away is easy to enter and fun to boot! The question is: what flower does this design remind you of?  This flower is circular with many overlapping petals and could be considered a little trumpeted. Think 3-D, pop-up and large. Think of the flowers in your gardens that are big and showy. If you are not a gardener, botanist or floral decorator, 😉  share this contest with your friends and family and see what they come up with for flower names. Many of you are international Snappy Tatter fans or from different parts of the US than western Pennsylvania so think of flowers that are native to your area. I am eager to see what you have out there!

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Here are the “Name that Flower” Give-away rules:

~Send me your flower name that you think best represents this design. If you can find a link to a great picture that would be very helpful. I would like a common name, not a Latin name (unless there is only a Latin name, in which case I will come up with a nickname).

~The winner will be the person whose flower name I have chosen.

~In the event that more than one person has entered the same name, I will award the prize to the person who FIRST sent in the name. Thank goodness everything is time stamped these days! It could be down to seconds, ladies!

~You may enter more than one name. Entering the same name more than one time will not increase your chances, it will just take up your precious time.

~I have patterns for a Mum, Dandelion, Marigold, Rose, Lily, Pansy, and Daisy so those names cannot be entered.

~Enter by posting a commenting below or on this post on Facebook or you can send me a Tweet or what is now becoming sooooo yesterday…you can actually send me an email at jjskohr@embarqmail.com.

The Prize? How about a custom Flower Bobby for yourself! Yay!

Here are more photos for you to use as a reference:

You will be the first kid on the block to be wearing this exclusive Snappy Tatter design and you can have it in your favorite colors. It pops up just a little so you can nestle it sweetly in your hair. The flower measures 2″ across and has a decorative glass pearl at its center. I have silver bobbies with white, pink, cream and silver pearls. The metal bobby pin measures 1.50″ long and is short enough to embellish shorter hair. These are the colors of cordonnet the winner can choose from for their bobby so you can start thinking about what you will choose!

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Keep it for yourself or give it to someone special. It will come in a gift box wrapped in lovely Snappy Tatter floral paper with a red ribbon accent.

The black and silver bobby shown is for me but I will make one to go in my shop soon. I will time myself now that I have the pattern so I can get an accurate price. I am thinking the price will be between $28-$35 but don’t hold me to that. It takes a lot of time to work out a pattern and this may not take as much time as I think now that I have the numbers to go by. And no, I am not selling the pattern. Sorry ladies, maybe later this year!

This Give-away will end at noon (12 pm EST) July 31st and the winner will be announced shortly after. The newly named flower bobby will ship in 2-3 weeks!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Questions? Drop me a line…jjskohr@embarqmail.com

All rights reserved, please.

Flower design © 2013 Jennifer Kohr

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.)

Snappy Tatter Gallery Updates

I spent the majority of my day here in Snappy Tatter-land updating my categories and galleries to include my newest work. Time to get your coffee or your tea and relax while you spend a little time perusing Snappy Tatter updates. This counts as “me time” for those of you who need a flimsy excuse. 🙂

New pics are added to the following categories:

Tatted Brooches-PIXIE Butterfly Stickpin, Mum Brooch and Diana Butterfly Stickpins

Tatted Earring Gallery-Bounce, Grace, Wisp, Flair, Flash Drip

Tatted Pendant Gallery-Dainty, Flair, Gerber, Majestic Dragonfly, Sara butterfly

Snappy Couture Jewelry-Leaf Garland, Teeny Tat Chic

Tatted Barrettes and Bobbies-Daisy Bobbies

Gallery of Tatted Snow-Snowball No.20, Janette’s Ice Crystal gallery, and Ice Crystals No. 31, 33 and 35

Gallery of Mini Fiber Art Boxes-Purple Berry Frilly Fleur and Hot Pink Frilly Fleur and a new pic of Sunshine Flutter

Gallery of Fiber Art Boxes-updated pics of: Dandelion Fluff, Pansy Paradise, Abagail, and Sophie’s Garden

Framed Work-Peach Tranquility, Buttercup’s Garden and Follow Me

MOD-new bracelets including the Double MOD that I wear

Enchanted-more pics

And brand new categories have been added:

Halo

Dainty, Flair Flowers and Flurry

and The Sophisticate

That is my latest update for Snappy Tatter-land. Follow me on my Facebook Page  or Twitter to be the first to catch all new listings in my Etsy Shop when they come out!

Cheers!

Jennifer

Struck Gold! New Tatted jewelry with Gold components.

My newest additions to my Etsy Shop are here, making use of the new gold plated pin bases I have in my stock. The Glimmer Goldie Mum Brooch is MTO (Made to Order) right now. The one in these pics is on its way to a repeat customer in NY that wanted the brooch for her coat.

(click the pics to be taken to more photos and a full description)

And not only do I have lovely, shiny, gold pin bases in my stash, I also have a stunning variety of Swarovski pearls in lots of colors. This dark gold one was perfect to go with the creamy PIXIE butterfly and gold stickpin.

That is what I have finished currently. I am working on my new rose patterns for a Couture design, a delicate Grace bracelet, a multicolored Mum, Dainty Flake earrings and more Teeny Tat stationery. Oh, and I am crocheting a winter poncho for myself.

It does not get boring around here!

Cheers!

Jennifer

The making of a Couture necklace…Teeny Tat Chic

Introducing my latest Snappy Couture design…Teeny Tat Chic.

I had an idea of tons of brilliant, beaded flowers in a long strand with random beading throughout. Something modern and delicate in appeal with multiple colors blending together to make one lovely strand. Little did I know how amazingly labor intensive this was going to be!

I began by choosing some of my favorite colors for the cordonnet; salmon, peach, Victorian red, grey, charcoal and black. As I went though my beads I found I had many coordinating colors and styles in my stash. The beading includes; 2 and 3mm Hematite rounds, red Mountain Jade, Czech pressed glass in garnet and AB coated pink, Celestial crystal rondelles in dark and bright red, glass fringe beads in black and AB coated amber, and wee seed beads in pewter, AB coated pink, orange-red, clear, dark berry and purple, plus silver-lined gunmetal, clear, bright red and gold. And I may have missed a couple!

some of the beads used in this design

I beaded each individual strand with over 100 beads wound on my shuttle for each of the six strands. As I worked, I unwound  the shuttle, pulled up beads to my working hand and rewound the shuttle. I did this over and over, which is the main reason I had no idea it was going to take so long to make! I added large beads surrounded by seeds knotted in place between each tiny flower. The Teeny Tat flowers are all 8 picot rings with a shimmery seed bead in each picot. Every strand has 10-12 tiny flowers with beads knotted into the cord between. I hope all of that makes sense!

detail of Teeny Tat Chic

All strands are tatted together by large rings at the beginning so I was able to hang the work from a hook on my drafting table.

the strand hanging-the tail ends will be sewn in later

Next I wound the strands together two at a time and then loosely braided the three combined strands.

I took all six of the free ends and rewound them onto shuttles so I could tat connected rings on the end to make the braiding permanent.

I hand sewed all the loose tails back into the end rings.

Using smooth Sterling plated ribbon ends, chain and a lobster clasp I was able to turn this unique chain of Teeny Tat flowers and over 700 beads into an Opera length twisted necklace.

This Snappy Couture design was created over several days. It is a one-of-a-kind necklace that I couldn’t replicate exactly if I wanted to!

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Me modeling Teeny Tat Chic in a little black dress with a plunge neckline

After all of the work, the beading, the tatting and the finishing, I am very happy with the result of a chic and feminine necklace that measures an elegant 24.5″ long.

You can find it in my Snappy Couture section of my online shop. My Couture line is some of my most labor intensive one-of-a-kind work. Some pieces are elegantly glamorous and some designs are tributes to nature with leaves, flowers and butterflies combined into wearable art.

The direct link to Teeny Tat Chic with more pics and specifications: here.

I am already thinking of another Teeny Tat Chic in shades of brown with turquoise and blue beading. Maybe in a shorter length.
But right now I am working on another Couture design that will have my new Rose pattern in it. Should be stunning!

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my process!

Cheers!

Jennifer

Teeny Tat Chic © 2012 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.)

Fresh Photos of Fiber Art!

The August earring bonus continues in my Etsy Shop, Snappy Tatter. I will make a set of Drip, Drop, Rush or PIXIE Butterfly earrings for each item purchased from my Fiber Art section. Find pictures of the qualifying earrings and Fiber Art in this post.This bonus is only available for a few more days!

I recently updated my Fiber Art listings paying particular attention to the accuracy of the detailed descriptions and photos. Here are a few of the newest photos for some of my Garden boxes: (click the pics for full descriptions, pricing and more photos)

Sunshine Flutter

The Crystal PIXIE Garden Party

close up!

Black and Gold Abagail Butterfly

Sophie’s Garden

side view

The Cobalt Butterflies Rejoice

detail view

side view of the pop up butterflies and texture

inside is fully hand lined with evergreen felt

One of my favorite Butterfly Gardens!

Pansy Paradise

detail view of beading and Pop up Tangerine PIXIE Butterflies

fully lined hinged metal box

I hope you all enjoyed this small gallery. I will be adding these photos to the Fiber Art category at the left. Next post will be about the making of my latest Couture design, Teeny Tat Chic.

Cheers!

Jennifer

New Work in Snappy Tatter-land!

A new gallery of fresh work available in my Etsy Shop, Snappy Tatter.

(click to see more pics and item descriptions)

PIXIES!

Triple row Embrace Cuff

Brilliance Choker

Daisy Bobby

MOD Pendant

New! Vogue Necklace

New! Lure Cocktail Ring

Cheers!

Jennifer

~Original Snappy Tatter designs are protected. Thank you for not duplicating my work.~

All rights reserved. ©2012 Jennifer Kohr

Spreading the Love…Etsy artists I am in love with.

I haven’t updated the “Sites I Enjoy” category in awhile. So I thought I would take this lazy Sunday morning to add some more sites that are truly interesting to me. I am constantly looking around Etsy for exceptional talent and skill in the artistic and craft realm and there is tons of it! Etsy is a wonderful online market that allows small-time artists and artisans, like myself, to market themselves to the entire world. I have sold my work to every continent, except Antarctica of course!

So-for your enjoyment I bring to you a few more of the Etsy artists that I have fallen in love with:

strangeling

  from Jasmine Becket-Griffith

I love the richly saturated colors and whimsical nature of Jasmine’s work. Dreamy but also amazingly intense, her creations draw you in and make you want to embrace her characters and fall into their world.

Halcyon Mermaid butterfly big eye lowbrow fantasy art print by Jasmine Becket-Griffith 12x16 BIG

Halcyon Mermaid

obsoleteworld

from Jeannie Paske

Thought provoking and emotional, Jeannie’s work pulls at my heart strings and touches me in a way that makes me feel like she has known me and is creating a piece just for me.

The Brilliant Hush Of Conclusion

The Brilliant Hush Of Conclusion

Botanical Creations

from Kathryn Sherwood

I added real, pressed, Queen Anne’s Lace flowers behind glass doorknobs to my studio cabinet. And I enjoy every day I see the frozen flowers that add a special touch to the room where my own creativity blooms.

Fall, Winter and Christmas . Womans, teenager, girl  ... Ruby red  wild pressed daisy pendant/necklace.

Pressed Daisy Pendant

 

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Needle felted creatures by Kasey Sorsby

Kasey creates stunningly amazing goblins, dragons and fantasy creatures that are so beautifully made you feel they are about to stand up and say something to you. They touch the whimsical part of me that grew up loving fantasy creatures. And the highly saturated coloring is truly candy for my eyes.

Custom Made  for you ooak Needle Felt Fantasy Goblin Wool Fiber Art Doll Soft Sculpture  Made to order

Fantasy Goblin

I hope these shops enrich your life and expand your mind. When I have time after my December show, I am hoping to have these artists as guests here on my Blog so we all can learn a little more about them.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Jennifer

Maple Gala and upcoming Give-Away news!

It has been a soggy, gloomy, chilly last five days here in western Pennsylvania. I know I need to switch to making snowflakes for the upcoming holiday season but I can’t seem to get away from my delicious autumn colors. I have to get it together and get a business plan in place again. I have been accepted back into the December show I was in last year for two days instead of one. I’m going to need lots of work to show! Continue reading

Thinking ahead…time for Leaves and Snowflakes

I have been diligently tatting here in my home studio. Adding fresh fall and winter designs to my Etsy shop. I haven’t been blogging as much as tatting and having company here.

My father came last weekend with Squirt’s (the water dragon) new home which I have taken photos of  and plan to post about soon.

My husband has finished hand making a large wooden cooking spoon and I will be dedicating a post to him and his spoon making talent soon as well.

Also-I will be having another guest artist that I think everyone will enjoy. I have to get her questions out and the post formatted so hopefully I can introduce you to her by next week.

For some reason my regular life just seems so busy. I am going somewhere most days and weekends are full of company, family and gardening. I guess being busy is not a bad thing but I like life to go slooooow. Days are whizzing by. I have also been overwhelmed with Etsy’s new change to relevance being the default search for the site. I have had to go through all 166 listings and change tags, titles and descriptions to make myself more relevant to this search option. Frankly, it’s a little depressing that I am not as relevant as before. Sniff. So that has made me crazy busy. And just crazy.

I did notice that my pages in my menu to the left for Cocktail rings, Brooches and Barrettes disappeared and I have returned them to the top of the menu today. I probably had some intention of moving them and then life just carried me away before I finished. That seems to be the theme in my life lately. I am floating around like an Autumn leaf.

Speaking of which, here is my latest work, please click on the photo for more description and photos on my Etsy site:

Snappy Tatter

Maple Pendant in Variegation

For this Maple leaf I tatted with gold colored silver-lined seeds all around the edge and a mixture of gold and green down the stem. Tatting and beading in this manner is slow but so worth the time. The leaf edges seem dipped in gold.

Birch Leaf Earrings

My original Birch Leaf pattern with glass rocailles tatted all around the edges. They have a natural look to them that I am really enjoying. I used the finest cordonnet, size 80, and made the pattern a little smaller to get 1.25″ long earrings.

A New PIXIE Butterfly Pin

Heavy black cordonnet embellished with silver lined gold glass in the wings and a brilliant Swarovski Bi-cone crystal in the center. This little bugger will join my other PIXIE Pins I have listed.

And the Snow machine has started as I am recreating some of my patterns from last year to figure out time and consequently price. I have a lot of satin balls to cover and hope to start designing some new flakes when we go for another cabin vacation in October.

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And I got new adjustable ring bases in.  Antique bronze and Platinum coated metal  that adjusts from 6.25 to 8. These will be replacing the agate base rings that I have now because they are adjustable. I am pleased with the quality and look of these ring bases. I have been hesitant to add adjustable bands because I could not find a quality or look I liked. So now my current Cocktail Rings with the Agate Stone Base on Etsy are 25% off. There are only five left and you can find them here.

First, I made one for myself because frankly… I just wanted one.

Silver 8-petal Flair flower with clear glass beading tatted around the edge that has Aurora Borealis coating (a permanent clear, multicolor effect). Very pale mint green beads around the large white glass pearl and Turquoise rondelles that have been coated with a very shiny resin around the center. I love it and it will go with a lot of my turquoise and black and green clothes….and brown, red, orange….

The Dare Cocktail Ring

This is the first time this ring style has been on Etsy. It has sold at shows and at the Blue Heron Art Gallery and is one of my favorite ring designs because I have long thin fingers. Black cordonnet with gold and grape colored glass beading tatted into the design. Deep purple crystals and a large light bronze Czech glass round embellish the center.

Flair Cocktail Ring

The original 6-petal Flair flower design embellished with dark pewter glass around the edges and Hematite through the center on a Platinum coated band. It has a nice weight to it with the Hematite stones.

And a new one…The Cosmos Cocktail Ring

This new design is four graduated layers of beaded tatting in 6 petals. Reminds me of the simple Cosmos flower. A frilly purple Teeny Tat embellishes the center with a large jet black Crystal. I’m liking it. It looks very wide on my hand but my hands are very very small.

I hope everyone has enjoyed my babbling and gallery of new work. I will be adding to the menu to the left as I have time and posting more about Snappy Tatter-land when I can.

Cheers everyone!

Jennifer