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

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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

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Full Bloom, wearable roses…a vision fulfilled

Snappy Couture~Full Bloom

One of the things I love most about being an artist is watching my concepts come to fruition through hours of designing and focused work. When we were on our October cabin vacation, I took the opportunity to design a three dimensional rose, an idea that had been in my mind for quite some time. I produced several styles while perfecting the shape eventually coming up with the roses that are in this design, adequately named Full Bloom.

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Full Bloom has been an amazing project. These Victorian Red roses are continuously shuttle-tatted as 2 or 3 connected parts each with 2 or 3 rounds of long picots, short and long chains, rings and lock stitches. The leaves are my skinny Oak design in dark leaf green.

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The highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton cordonnet was used for this work producing very firm components with rich color and beautiful sheen. The components are tatted together and hand sewn together discreetly through the back side.

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P1110812A clear stiffener was added to the interior of the roses and back of the twisted stems of the leaves so the design is firm and stable. Matte gold Swarovski glass pearls are hand sewn into the centers. Shimmery organdy ribbon with gold jewelry components completes the necklace.

This is a one-of-a-kind Snappy Couture design. Snappy Couture is my high-end, high-fashion, line of fiber art jewelry. My most elaborate and glamorous designs are in this collection. All are one-of-a-kind.

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P1110795In the future I would like to create more of this work. It is labor intensive and requires much of my time so new pieces only come out a couple of times a year. In the new year I plan to work on more framed and wearable fiber art. I am also going to learn a new form of lace-making which I hope to incorporate into my collections.

I loved making this design. It will debut at the show I am attending tomorrow and Wednesday and then will be listed in my Etsy shop. Like all of my Snappy Couture designs, it saddens me a little to see it go but makes me feel overjoyed when someone enjoys my work enough to bring it home.

Jennifer

All rights reserved. Full Bloom, Rose and Oak leaf designs. © 2012 Jennifer Kohr

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.)

The jewelry a Snappy Tatter wears…

I rarely have time to make myself my own jewelry. After years of designing, you would think I would have a mountain of work. Not so, my friends. I do have a few pieces that I wear constantly or on special occasions. I am never an excessive person by any means and the designs I have made for myself have been out of necessity or as a personal birthday gift.

So here’s my gallery of what I wear along with links to current listings that are similar in my Etsy shop:

One of the first designs I created was a dragonfly. This is my Majestic Dragonfly pendant in red with glass beading and Sterling:

A Dragonfly in Teal and Black in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/75376343

I wear the first asymmetrical Simplicity necklace I ever made. Rings graduate to the center where a round silver pendant hangs and then stay the same smaller size around the other side. The asymmetrical necklaces I make now have a more extreme graduation and dramatic difference in the sides.

These black Simplicity bracelets are graduated and made in the same style: https://www.etsy.com/listing/69208773 & https://www.etsy.com/listing/68985842

Simple Drip earrings in black and pewter that I wear anywhere, anytime.

Tons of different Drips can be found here: Rings, Earrings and Pins

I have had the original Embrace Bracelet for years and wear it with everything. The magnetic clasp is ridiculously strong!

A larger, bolder, silver version in my shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/97073293

I have a black version of my Gerber Daisy with a large CZ in the center, silver-lined glass and twisted tube beads. I couldn’t resist keeping it when I made it! If I remake it I will use a slightly heavier cord next time.

The Gerber Daisies and the Sunflower in my shop: Lilac Gerber Daisy & Pink Gerber daisy & Sunflower

And I had to make myself a Dandelion! This one has bright yellow beading through out its fluffy layers. People look closely at it and remark, “is that a…dandelion?”.  The bail and chain were removed so I could clean it. That will be shown in a later post about tatted lace care.

A similar pattern, the Mum Cocktail Ring: https://www.etsy.com/listing/85644340

The first Enchanted pattern I made was for myself for a special night out. With Hematite beading, shell discs and dangling Hematite tubes, I get so many compliments when I wear this.

I have an Enchanted Necklace available in the Snappy Couture collection of my Etsy shop that is in silver cord with tons of Sterling and pewter glass beading: https://www.etsy.com/listing/65462323

After making dozens of fancy Cocktail Rings, I bought adjustable bases and made myself one to go with a blouse that has turquoise in it. The matching earrings are a newer design that, like my Cocktail Rings, are simple in concept and time-consuming in the execution.

I have many different styles of tatted and beaded Cocktail Rings in this shop section: Rings, Earrings and Pins

My Diana Butterfly goes everywhere with me. She rests on my blouses, coats and sweaters. And She gets so many compliments from people that don’t realize she is a handmade, tatted lace butterfly!

In my Etsy Shop I have a purple Diana Stickpin, a custom color Diana with wings that are fully beaded around the entire edge and many other styles of butterfly pins in this shop section: Tatted Butterfly Jewelry

For last year’s art show in May I wore a rusty orange top and wanted a fancier piece to show off. This design was inspired by my Flurry design which is multiple frilly Dainty Flakes tatted together and heavily beaded. In one of my favorite color combos of dark Terra Cotta, light copper, dark gold, ivory and gold, this design blends well with my warm skin tone. Everyone at my show that year loved this set.

Flurry necklaces can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/80591879 & https://www.etsy.com/listing/85900983

And lastly, my favorite work, the double MOD cuff and matching earrings. Embellished with Hematite beads and gunmetal bead caps, I wear this daily with everything. It feels like a bold, strong statement and it’s right up my alley.

There are many MOD style items in my shop including earrings, pendants and bracelets. The MOD Bracelet in cream: https://www.etsy.com/listing/102527398

Oh! And I can’t forget the Daisy Bobby for my hair!

More Bobbies and Barrettes: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SnappyTatter?section_id=10229099

So that’s what I wear when I actually leave the house!

Cheers!

Jennifer

Leaf Garland…Channeling my Inner Wood Nymph.

Like all children I had a extensive imagination of what I would be if I were not a little girl. A Mermaid?…to be friends with the sea animals, swim with the sharks, flip and turn through a coral reef as colorful and animated as a lush garden in the breeze? A Fairy with light as a snowflake gossamer wings, tiny, flitting and magical? Or my favorite, a Wood Nymph. A wee, sweet, mysterious woodland Goddess that sleeps in the crooks of trees, hides under colorful mushrooms, is rarely seen and protects all that is beautiful in the forest from the woodland creatures to every blooming flower and unfurling leaf. I wax poetic…

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Channeling my Inner Wood Nymph, I have created a new Couture design called Garland. Made entirely of tatted leaves it is the most natural way to be glamorous. And the perfect accessory if you also happen to be a Wood Nymph. Like me.

This design was difficult to photograph. I needed to wear it to show how it really looked and since each leaf is completely different in design, beading and color, there needed to be many shots the whole way around. I hope that these pics really give the best representation of this work.

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A look at how the Couture Leaf Garland was created

Nine original Snappy Tatter Leaf designs were shuttle tatted together using 100% Egyptian cotton tatting cordonnet in Leaf Green, Dark Leaf Green, Olive and Evergreen.

Beads were chosen in several shades of green to embellish the center veins of each leaf. Czech and Celestial crystal, Mill Hill glass and antique glass, and Czech glass seeds in a multitude of green hues. The large round cup near the lower right side contains lime green, copper-lined Czech glass beads that were sewn throughout for congruency and exceptional but tiny sparkle.

As the beads are sewn into the leaves, the leaves are attached to a shimmery green organdy ribbon that will serve to stabilize the design.

Wee gold Teeny Tat flowers are added for a little embellishment with gold glass bead centers. Then the ribbon is doubled back and attached to the garland. The work is measured and Sterling jewelry components added to create the right length. Finally, all the edges are tucked, pulled, pressed, straightened and slightly stiffened into place. This necklace makes a perfect choker. Especially if you are one who is blessed with a neck that is of the long, feminine variety. But for those who may be missing a vertebrae, like myself, it also looks lovely encircling the base of your neck.

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This is the first of more Garlands to come as the wheels in my head were turning uncontrollably as I tatted and created this design. I plan to have floral Garlands and Butterfly Garlands as well. Because the work is so labor intensive and no pattern for the design was created, Garlands will be part of my one-of-a-kind Couture line.

The listing for Leaf Garland in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/your/listings/94545995

I hope you enjoyed another look into a fresh design from my studio. More Snappy Couture designs can be found here:

Snappy Couture Jewelry

Feedback is welcome and definitely encouraged, especially from all the Wood Nymph’s at heart out there!

Cheers! Jennifer

(I am adding this because someone has asked: All Snappy Couture designs, Snappy Tatter original designs and their names are covered by copyright laws and are not available for reproduction. Blog posts are not intended to be a tutorial for reproduction of my work, just and inside look into the creation of my work-thank you for understanding.)

© 2012 Jennifer Kohr


What I’ve been up to today.

Today has been another busy day here in Snappy Tatter-land. Even with remnants of a migraine I have managed to have a full day from wake up till now. Mac tried to wake me this morning by standing on my husband’s dresser and yelling at me about a half hour before I wanted to get up. Simultaneously, BeBe circled my head and sniffed my face with her tiny wet nose. Grrrrrr. I don’t like to get up earlier than normal under any circumstances let alone by my cats with their slightly empty bellies. Nevertheless, after yelling at them I was awake anyways. While watching the morning shows, Kelly Ripa and Ellen, I sat under my lamps to get my antidepressant fake sunshine for a couple of hours and worked on updating my online shop. See post below.

Up here in my studio I caught up on a few things my migraine kept me from yesterday. I finished two custom pieces of jewelry, made a couple of Teeny Tat notecards to enclose in the orders, stiffened my Mother-in-law’s Faith cross and created a Pawprint necklace for a local Snappy Tatter friend.

This is a navy Debutante Choker that I finished hand sewing beads into this afternoon. It will be on its way to Canada tomorrow. Love those Canadians! This request began with a necklace to match the fancy Drip earrings in the first photo. After much collaboration, my friend in Canada decided upon the Debutante. One of my favorites, indeed. This particular version ended up being rather laborious as the beads were on the shuttle and drawn up one by one as I tied the knots. Basically the chains went like this….knot, knot, unwind shuttle, move 5 beads to the front, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, small picot, knot, unwind the shuttle, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, medium picot, knot, unwind the shuttle, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, long picot, knot, unwind the shuttle, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, medium picot, knot, unwind the shuttle, draw a bead up, rewind the shuttle a little, small picot, knot, knot. Ha! I kid you not. That would be one of the scallops in the chain. There are 26. And if you don’t get in a rhythm with this incredibly slow process, you will go bananas. So I have been working on it small portions at a time. The choker will be tied with matching ribbon at the back. 

Later this afternoon, I worked on a Paw Print for a co-worker of my husband’s. A fresh, new Snappy Tatter design. I am toying with whether to put it in my online shop or not. I wouldn’t mind some feedback from everyone. The original prototype was done in black with tiny picots for claws. My customer preferred no picots. I was thinking I would stiffen them and make them pointy.

Later I stiffened the Faith cross below for my Mother-in-law. Made with the most delicate tatting cordonnet in cream with wee, brilliant rocaille beading, it is another original pattern of my own.

This cross also has a frilly Teeny Tat (my name for tiny one ring flowers) in the center. I made two Teeny Tat cards to enclose in each order. I try to keep up with these simple notecards so they are always available to ship with orders. I have a pile of little flowers right now that need to be added to cards. Something I am hoping to do tomorrow. I hand draw stems in various ways on single sided cardstock in pastel colors. I add my web address to the matching envelope flap and enclose the little card in a clear PPO sleeve. I hope that people are sending these all over the world. I would love for someone to come up to me and tell me they received one someday! I sell Teeny Tats in sets on Etsy. They should be back online soon. I will post here when they are back.

That’s it for my day. I am off to change and enjoy dinner at a friend’s house this evening.

Cheers!

Fresh Work going to the Keystone Summit Holiday Show

My latest gallery of work that will be traveling to my show next week. I will be there Tuesday 12/6 and Friday 12/9. If you see something you like, contact me at jjskohr@embarqmail.com to purchase ahead of time. And I will deliver your purchase at my show.

My work is handmade, shuttle-tatted lace that I design and embellish by hand. Read my profile to learn more about me: https://snappytatter.wordpress.com/about-jennifer-kohr/

Tatted Christmas Wreath Pendants with glass beading in various shades of evergreen.

Asymmetrical Flurry in variegated blue with CZ centers and glass beading, Flounce Choker with matte navy pearls on textured lace necklace and matching earrings, and Allure with wood and glass beading, wood focal disc and matching earrings.

Graduated Simplicity Bracelet that tapers on both ends and has Czech glass beading in the center (pics 1 & 2), Embrace Cuff in heavy cordonnet, with cut picot edging and gunmetal components.

And my favorite latest design, Princess…

Each graduated ring in this tatted collar is beaded with silver-lined clear glass for a lovely twinkle. Graduated glass pearls are hand sewn through the entire design. Princess is finished with a round, floral box clasp that is both beautiful and secure.

Want more information on any of this work? Feel free to leave me a message in the comment box below or send me an email. I always respond promptly, no  matter how crazy it is around here ! 😉

Cheers!

Jennifer