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


New Catalog in the left column

In an ongoing effort to streamline my Blog and make it easily read and hopefully…interesting, I have listed all of the Fiber Art Boxes that I have photos of in a simple catalog to the left. I will add to it as I have more photos and post an update here. Many are now listed for sale in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter  http://snappytatter.etsy.com. Thanks! Enjoy! Jennifer

Enter the Dragonflies…

I love the Dragonflies that float around my house. Living next to a stream brings all kinds of wildlife out of the woodwork…literally. We love our house and our land. And after the birches and maples fill in their leaves we enjoy a sweet little cubby on a dead end street in a quaint little town.

When we first moved here I noticed the delicate, flitting dragonflies that would land on the porch, the grill, the chairs, the sides of the house. I was beginning on my own as an independent artist and wanted to tat a lace Dragonfly…a Majestic Dragonfly as it came to be named. So like most things that become my muse, I studied them. I took photos and found more on the internet to try to get the most accurate Dragonfly design that I could. Turns out they come in all kinds of colors from very bright red to black to almost see through. Very cool. The wingspan is the same width as the length of the body. There are never (that I have found) obvious or long antennae as there are with butterflies and moths and the wings are split, actually tapering closer to the body. When they rest, the wings can lay flat or be raised. Sometimes the wings match the body and sometimes they are contrasting. Sometimes they are very bright and sometimes just black. Many colors are iridescent, shifting with the sunlight.

So many attempts were made to come up with a replica of the dragonfly that felt alive to me. The twisted body that formed was an accident but I use this style of tatting in both the Dragonfly bodies and the stems of leaves and some butterfly bodies. I just vary the numbers of stitches. At first I would try to stiffen the bodies perfectly straight but then I realized when the body just naturally lilted to the side it appeared more whimsical. Wings in various lengths and widths were tatted until finally I realized in the photos the length of the bodies were almost always congruent with the wingspan. As I adjusted the proportions repeatedly, I went from a very plain dragonfly, to one with a bead at its center further giving the impression of the fat body they have that tapers to a tail. My hubbs became my creative consultant around this time and gave me opinion after opinion and finally…voila. Dragonfly. In celebration of spring that is now here…and my anticipation of incoming Majestic Dragonflies…here is my tatted gallery of the glorious bug.

A new pendant on Etsy…http://www.etsy.com/listing/71089551

My personal Butterfly Garden

This work of Fiber Art is simply named “Butterfly Garden”. It is an indulgence I created for myself a couple of years ago. I decided to do a study in shades of white and neutrals.  Very difficult to photograph, I finally produced photos that are true to color.

The result is butterflies and flowers on a modern background of finely embroidered visual texture. Metallic vines and leaves cross the background adding more depth.

In the end I used shades of white, ecru, taupe, tan and nude. The large butterfly is shuttle-tatted  in several rounds with shades of ecru and taupe pearl cotton, used for it’s beautiful sheen.  The background is hand embroidered on 28ct linen. The many tatted flowers are sequined and beaded.  Wee tatted butterflies overlap onto the brushed metal frame. This piece measures 5 x 7.

This work required a lot of planning and time to design. I researched the perfect stitches, made tons of tiny tatted things, many of which I have used in other work. I chose the perfect color palette and threads in silk, cotton, pearl cotton, metals and nylon. Glass beads  and sequins to match. I just keep working and working until it all looks complete and even more pleasing than my original visualization.  Something special for myself.  The only place this can be seen is in my home. I hope you enjoy the Butterfly Garden.

I think I am still full….

Thanksgiving is now days behind us but I swear I still feel full from turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce…
I got on my elliptical for the first time in months to try to whittle my thighs back into a reasonable size :o)

The Keystone Summit is coming fast. In one week I will be at my husband’s industrial park displaying my fiber art and jewelry for a festive holiday sale. I will be one of 6 artisans there talking about my craft for the day. It’s crunch time. A LOT of work still needs to be finished, photographed, cataloged and priced. This piece is just one of several metal embellished keepsake boxes I will have there.

FlutterBlush Daydream. The leaves and butterflies are tatted along with the teeny flowers in the right hand corner. The Mum in the center is ribbon embroidery. Various sizes of silk ribbon were used as well as a very cool specialty cord that is a pink mesh tube. The center of the flowers are embellished with faux pearls. Tiny seed beads in matte pink and silver lined pink are stitched around the bottom of the scene. The fabric is a pale blue damask Aida.  Handmade cable in two shades of green border the garden and the entire inside is lined with deep red felt. The metal box is approximately 4″ x 3 1/4″ and has a hinged lid. FlutterBlush Daydream. A daydream for the two PIXIE butterflies that are enjoying this blossom…this little treasure will be at the Keystone Summit on the 7th.

I will have more photos of my work as I begin to record the pieces that are going to the Summit.

Tatting makes me happy…and keeps me out of trouble

As the title says…I have been a happy and good girl today. I have not been able to create as much as I would like over the last couple of days due to other responsibilities…household chores, bills and errands. All legit. I ran around like a maniac yesterday and was too wiped out to tat in the evening. I have to be VERY tired not to tat. Sometimes I think I tat in my sleep because I wake up and look in my sewing box and find little things I have made and forgot about…and it’s only been a day. Here are a few things that I have made this week so far. All are going to the Keystone Summit in December.

Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia mini-box. A Flair blossom that has silver lined clear seed beads tatted into an edge of graduated picots. The seeds are between the petals and the glass 32-facet black crystals that surround the 6mm Sterling bead in the center. The Dahlia is mounted on red velvet surrounded by a black pearl cotton handmade cable. Lined with black felt this tiny treasure measures 1 1/2″ in diameter.

Dainty Flake Keepsake

I make Dainty Flakes all the time. They become ornaments, pendants, earrings, applique and now…Dainty adorns a box. Crisp in white with AB (a permanent clear rainbow coating) glass seed beads between the rings and a large Sterling bead in the center…this is Christmas encapsulated on a teeny 1 1/2″ box. Mounted on deep red fabric and surrounded with white satin cord, this little box is lined with bright red felt.

Pansy Paradise

This Pansy is a new addition to my designs. Adorning a 4 1/2 x 3″ metal box, this is the fantasy land for the Pansy. Teeny PIXIE butterflies and buds of lilac and buttery yellow swirl around one of my favorite flowers. More photos and details can be found at the left within a few days.

Summer Bloom

Finally a name….I made this several days ago but have been struggling with a name. The colors are so saturated and the garden is “popped up”. Usually, while I work a name comes to me that feels befitting of that piece. So now I introduce “Summer Bloom”. Because this garden feels like it is in full force, radiant with fresh full blossoms full of color and life. The colors are deeply saturated and the garden is delightfully “popped up”. Glass pearls shine in the centers of the multi-chain rich purple blossoms. All the tiny frilly flowers that surround them have coordinating glass beads in the centers as well. Everything has been hand-sewn to a deep green background that has small leaf impressions on it. The golden PIXIE butterfly has brilliant gold beads tatted into the wings and center. Purple, lilac, lemon yellow, gold, cherry red and berry are the colors of this garden. It is surrounded by a handmade cable of purple and magenta and fully lined with purple felt. All flowers and the little PIXIE butterfly are 3-D on this 3″ x 3″ metal box that is 2″ deep. This fresh keepsake will be going to the Keystone Summit in December for display and sale.

Keystone Summit

This tiny Delight…an as of yet un-named butterfly garden box, will premier at the Keystone Summit on December 7th at my husbands industrial park. I will be one of a handful of artists displaying my work for sale and I am super excited. I am busy doing what I love best…tatting and designing. I take my lace-making to a new level by adding teeny beaded flowers and tatted leaves to the top of a tiny little metal box. The background is a fabric with a black and white floral base. The tiny flowers and leaves are tatted as well as the lilac PIXIE butterfly that hovers over them. The butterfly is slightly stiffened to be permanently 3-D. The cording around the garden is handmade in complimentary colored floss. The interior is lined with lavender felt. The entire metal box is 1 1/2″ in diameter. I feel so happy when I create things that are so delightful. Keeps me out of trouble and keeps a spring in my step.

later…I think I will call this “Lavender Love” .