My newest edition to my Garden Watch collection is now available in my Etsy Shop! Garden Watch IV is a study in modern colors and muted tones.
The center of the tatted base is my Halo design in medium charcoal gray. The outer edge is similar to the interior of my Obsession design. Small Hematite rounds are tatted into the edge.
I chose to tat the vine in silver instead of a shade of green to keep the design muted and modern. I added shades of green Czech glass along the vine with small olive leaves to match. I added more beading than I originally intended but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Once I start working…I just keep going until it feels complete!
I tacked down the vine and leaves down so there is not as much “pop-up” in this band and it is more stream-lined.
The Teeny Tat flowers are in a blush color and peach embellished with Hematite rounds. They are soft little additions that are barely noticeable once you spy the single lemon yellow PIXIE butterfly!
The entire band is hand sewn to silver satin ribbon. The way I create my watches makes it possible to access the back to change the battery. The Quartz watch face is simple and contemporary. The Jewelry components are Sterling Silver and Sterling plated.
The entire band plus the clasp measures 6.5″ long and 0.75″ wide. Before it is sold I will adjust the hardware at the ends for a perfect fit from 6.25″-7.5″. The listing has sizing instructions. The first three watches I have made can be viewed in my new “Garden Watch Gallery“. Garden Watch IV can be found in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. All Garden Watches are part of Snappy Couture, a one-of-a-kind fiber art collection of jewelry.
(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 designs.)
Lately I have been working with a lot of white. What normally happens in Snappy Tatter-land is that I will tat items over several days and store them individually in small bags until I am ready to finish them. I am usually working on one large project and several small pieces are made when I need a break or have limited time. Usually these items are worked in the different colors of thread that is already on my 12+ shuttles to use up the remaining thread. Everything goes to my studio and is stored in trays.
I remove the contents of the bags one by one and sew beading into the tatting, hide the tails and add stiffener if needed. Then jewelry is finished by adding bails, chains and clasps, earring findings or bracelet ends. Some items are mounted on cocktail ring, barrette, bobby pin or brooch bases with industrial glue and left to rest and cure for at least two days.
Fiber art elements remain bagged until I they are needed for a small box, embroidery or a framed design. Time spent making small designs that will be used later is recorded in a small journal or added on a small piece of paper to the bag so my pricing is accurate.
I think I had a lot of white on my shuttles from the tatting blizzard of 2013. (This blizzard starts every year around October and ends the second week of December as everyone scrambles to order Snappy Tatter snow for their gifts and tree). So several white items were recently listed in my shop including a new design called, Little Guardian Angel.
I actually created this design last year and wear a pendant that is charcoal and black.
I have been blessed to have had several angels in my life that have helped me through some very difficult times. I believe everyone has angels that assist them when life gets unbearable or things seem insurmountable. Sometimes we don’t realize they were there until the dust has settled. Some people don’t ever realize they are there. These are just my feelings. I seem to have morphed into a spiritual person the last year and a half. A beautiful thing to me, as I have grown to be a stronger woman than I was before.
The first Little Guardian Angel sold within hours of being listed in my shop, the medium one with the Aurora Borealis beading. The smaller one made in fine size 80 cordonnet is still available. You can find the listing in Snappy Tatter with more photos and a full description here. Both angels are embellished with a Swarovski Crystal pearl, a pewter bail, picot edged ribbon and a floral box clasp. I can make these angels in a variety of 37 different colors.
I also created two new pendants: a super large Flair with a glass pearl center and a Dainty with silver-lined Czech glass beading and a large Swarovski Crystal pearl center. You can click the links above to find more pics and descriptions.
Dainty with Swarovski Pearl
By this time of year, I have created a lot of white items to fill customer’s orders, I still have a lot of white on my shuttles and there is a blanket of white outside my western Pennsylvania home. So in January I get excited about working with color again and had a wonderful opportunity to do so while I created a Garden Watch for super fan Heidi O!
I am still cheered by the colorful Christmas tree that I refuse to take down. 😀
No more white for awhile! I will be posting about the new Garden Watch soon!
This past birthday…the big 4-0…I made myself a special Snappy Tatter treat! A Garden Watch. I had been wanting to create a tatted watch band for quite some time but it was part of a long laundry list of creative ideas. I finally decided to tackle this project for two reasons: 1. I wanted a really cool gift for myself and 2. I wanted to know how durable I could make a watch so I could feel confident in its wear-ability and begin to sell them in my online shop. This is the first watch I made: Here’s a link to the original post explaining my process with more photos of this work: http://snappytatter.com/2013/06/28/the-garden-watch/
After wearing my watch daily for several months, I was confident that I had constructed a design that passed Snappy Tatter’s strict standards of quality and durability. So I decided to make a new one and I found a gorgeous bronze face to work with.
For this watch, I began by tatting a double row of larger rings with a light mocha brown cordonnet anchoring the face into the band. I added an edge that criss-crossed over itself in darker mocha brown and fudge. I was lovin’ it already!
The vine that travels down both sides of the band was in a variegated cord of blues and greens. I chose to use variegated mostly because I could not decide which colors I wanted most. I also added green “iris” Czech pressed glass beading as I tatted. The iris refers to the multicolor metallic effect that is in the beads. They are not solid colors but a rich variation of greens, blues, purples and bronze.
The vining is also attached to the watch face. The small leaves and vine are additionally sewn into the band by hand in a way that allows the leaves to pop up naturally.
To finish the tatting I added lovely little Teeny Tat flowers in a light golden yellow. Swarovski crystal pearls in copper sit in the center of each flower.
One small mint green PIXIE butterfly enjoys this garden with a wee silver lined rocaille in its center.
Finally, the entire band is hand sewn to wide, evergreen-colored, organdy ribbon. As with my first watch, it is secured in a way that still allows access to the back to change the battery. Sterling ends and clasp finish this piece.
Time-consuming? Yes! Well worth the time? YES! There are definitely more Garden watches in my future!!!
You may be wondering why this is not listed in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. That would be because it didn’t make it past the first hour of it’s debut at the most recent holiday show I attended. It caught everyone’s eye. Including my dear friend, Vicki, who couldn’t resist and snapped it up! I even adjust the clasp and length to accommodate her wee wrist.
(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.)
A new butterfly has arrived in Snappy Tatter-land!
Everybody, meet Gloria. Gloria, meet everybody!
She is my newest butterfly design in royal purple and black. Gloria took several workings and re-workings to get her just right. I get a design in my head. I put it on paper. Add the stitch count. Stitch, re-write, re-stitch, adjust, stitch, adjust again and finally stitch some more. Then start all over and after the same stitches make rings and chains in just the right count and in just the right order, Gloria emerges. Like my Diana and Vivien tatted butterflies, she has wings posed ready to take flight.
Fully beaded Diana Butterflies
Vivien in charcoal and burgundy
Gloria is double winged and embellished with a single Czech glass bead at her center. She balances on a 2.75″ Sterling stickpin, perfect for hats, coats, sweaters and scarves.
I have an amazing white version of her that is lined with gold beading. She is part of an embroidered garden that is very close to being finished. I will post photos of Gloria’s garden soon.
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!
I entered a contest for jewelry designers last week. My effort is to get my work noticed by the panel of celebrity judges to fulfill my dream of “Snappy Tatter on the Red Carpet”. I entered my Couture necklace “Full Bloom” trying to knock the socks of off, well, everybody. I also entered a small wreath pendant from 2011 thinking that since the theme is “holiday necklaces”, the Wreath may get more votes. The unfortunate part is that the voting is based on appearance alone. No one knows my work is tatting or that it is the result of tying knots for many many hours. They just see the finished piece. Turns out both of these very different designs are getting attention. Yay!
I need the help of all my supporters and followers, fans, family and peeps! The more 5 star votes I get from the general public the more likely my work will make the final judging round in front of the professional panel of designers. I could win money but more importantly, I could win recognition.
Voting is free. You do not need to sign up for anything or enter any information. Just visit http://www.andthedesignwinneris.com and click the stars on Full Bloom and the Wreath on pages 2 and 3 of the gallery. You can only vote once for each entry. Every vote is so important. There are some beautiful designs in the galleries that I am competing with. All of you know that I put my heart and soul into my work, that my designs are original and take a considerable amount of time to create and that I am living my dream one knot at a time! I thank you all so very much for your support!
I have been working through this fall to list my own snowflake patterns in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. All together I believe I have 17 patterns. One by one I have been tatting, stiffening and taking photos of these new flakes and listing them. I have made them plain. (Beaded snowflakes are one-of-a-kind and called “Ice Crystals”.) And they have options of being tatted in two sizes in several different colors. These new flakes are replacing the tatted flakes of another designer that I have been making. I feel it is more appropriate for me to have everything in my shop be my own original styles and patterns at this point. I began tatting other people’s patterns years ago and that is how I became proficient in the art. But now I have been designing ace for half a decade and I am proud that my little business has flourished on that basis. Here is the latest snowflake that can be found in my shop and the link to the listing as well.
All of my new snowflakes come in 1 or 2 sizes and can be made in 10 colors. The quantity listed is up to 3 but I can make more upon request. I am keeping the quantity low so that crazy people that want to deck out their entire tree can’t order 100 of them and I end up tatting snow for 3 months. 🙂
Hi there WordPress peeps! Below is the holiday edition of the Snappy Tatter e-Newsletter including the latest sales and coupon codes. Please forgive any format bloops…I copied and pasted from the actual email and sometimes the formatting does not translate.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Greetings from Snappy Tatter! Before the holiday turkey is mutilated and all you crazy peeps get in line to shop at 3 am, I thought I would send out a quick snappy Tatter-land update.From today until Monday, December 2nd, my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, will have FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on all purchases. Just use coupon code“SNAPPYTHANKSGIVING“* during checkout. You can use the coupon as many times as you like.
And for everyone that just can’t resist the urge for that last minute online shopping and are worried about time, here’s what I can do for you:
~I can ship domestic packages through Priority Mail up to 12/21 and your package should be received by 12/25.
~For International orders I can ship Priority Mail up to 12/14**.
~If you think a package won’t make it to you in time, I can ship direct to the recipient for you. Make sure you notify me by leaving a message during checkout or send me a convo or email. Otherwise I always ship to the Etsy address provided.
~Finally, I have some seriously beautiful black and white floral Snappy Tatter wrapping paper and red ribbon. I am more than happy to gift wrap! I can use small stickers that are removable so you can take a peek before you give it as a gift, as well!
From 12/1 to 12/20 there will be a FREE PRIORITY MAIL UPGRADE*** on your holiday order. Just write “Free Priority, Please” in message to seller and I will upgrade your shipping at no cost. Note: This promotion does not speed up my actual tatting! 😉
One last and important note: Thank you everyone who came to visit at the Adams Ridge Holiday Show. I had a great time and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Unfortunately, because of a change in my priorities, I will not be attending the Keystone Summit this year. If you would like to see my work in person…you will just have to travel to Snappy Tatter-land! Thanks so much for all of the encouragement and support you all give me throughout the year. I would just not be as Snappy without all of you!
Everyone have safe and wonderful holidays with all of your families and friends. The next newsletter will be out in the New Year. Until then…
Want to purchase outside of Etsy? Send me an email with what you would like to purchase. I accept PayPal, money orders and checks for email sales. My Etsy shop can take all credit cards directly.Are you interested in custom or bridal work? I will be happy to collaborate. *Free shipping is for Domestic shipping only. Please contact me if you would like reduced International shipping for this promotion. SNAPPYTHANKSGIVING can be used as many times as you like. Only one coupon code can be used at a time. Enter Coupon Code in Coupon Code box during Checkout. **As with all International mailings, I cannot guarantee when you will receive your package in a specified time because it depends on the workings of other country’s postal services. ***Free Priority Mail upgrade does not speed up the production of any made to order items. Made to order purchases are created in the order that they are received. This promotion only changes the type of shipping that is chosen from standard First Class to Priority Mail 2-3 day. This promotion is only applied if it is mentioned during the purchasing process. Please contact me with any questions. If you do not use the code or mention it in “message to seller” free shipping or Priority Mail Upgrade will not be applied.