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
Sorry for the delay everyone! Some nights life just gets in the way and last night was that night! To fill everyone in, I had no response from the first winner drawn for the weekend give-away I held almost two weeks ago so I decided I should draw a new name. The NEW winner of the pendant below is “Another Bonnie”! Continue reading →
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…
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.
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.
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.
Feedback is welcome and definitely encouraged, especially from all the Wood Nymph’s at heart out there!
(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.)
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 →
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:
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.
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.
Tatted Birch Leaf pendent in a rich evergreen color. I just got the color in and love how deep it is. I think it will make a striking Gala necklace at some point. I am currently working on a Gala for the Spring that uses a lighter leafier green and the blossoms are shades of peach, lilac, lavender and purple. I truly enjoy making organic designs of flowers and leaves. This Leaf is suspended with Sterling on supple brown Italian leather.
I added an olive colored leaf and deep Terra Cotta Diana butterfly to a Sterling brooch to make the next design. She has reddish purple glass beading in her wings and a metallic purple Czech glass bead in her center. The Beads in the leaf are matte and have a greenish brown color that I like. It looks less “glam” and more natural. Diana has been stiffened to curve her wings and antennae. Mounted on off-white fabric with batting behind it, Diana and her leaf are securely glued to the brooch base and the prongs are clamped to add more security.
Mounted on a 3″x3″ metal box, an orange and salmon Sophie buzzes out of clusters of Teeny Tat flowers and fly-stitched leaves. She has a little beading in her wings in a matching pink color and a Swarovski crystal sparkling in the center of her body. I made her with the finest cordonnet to make her as small as possible. Her colors remind me of orange creamsicles or yogurt. The background is a white on white floral cotton. The handmade light silver cable has a metallic thread spun into it for a delicate glitter around the edges of the garden. The 2″ deep interior is fully lined with fuchsia felt. Sophie’s Garden is gentle and feminine to me.
This is The Orange Blossom. A mini keepsake that only measures 2″ across. I made a multi-layer flower I call “Frilly Fleur” in shades of light and harvest orange…I felt the creamsicle effect again. The flower itself took over two hours to carefully graduate the chains and make sure the picots were uniform throughout. I mounted the flower on cream colored linen and sewed glass beading in clear yellow, cream, and silver-lined clear in a radiating pattern. The center is an orange Cat’s Eye bead. The handmade cable edge was made with two shades of soft green and the interior was fully lined with matching felt. Orange Blossom. Yummy.
And another mini keepsake…Butterscotch Blaze. Butterscotch because that is the name of the fantastic saturated yellow thread and Blaze because it just seems to be on fire! My lovely tatted Double Flutter PIXIE butterfly has glass beading tatted into the wings and a small round Red Bamboo Coral bead in the center. The Teeny Tat flower is gold and Terra Cotta colored with a red crystal and tiny leaves below it. The cotton fabric the garden is mounted on is absolutely gorgeous saturated shades from green to Carnelian red, red hot orange and deep yellow. There are gold swirls and lines embossed on the fabric. Ooooo…I just LOVE the color!
I am celebrating the lovely and so often rejected Dandelion in a way that will not lead anyone to spray their lawns with caustic substances, stab at it with sharp tools or yank on it with gloved fingers. A beautiful Gala for the sadly abhorred blossom. I worked on this over the 5 days we spent in a cabin in March for our birthdays and anniversary. I began with the nearly dozen layer golden flower and tatted the different leaves and flowers together as much as possible. The larger than life Dandelion is shuttle tatted with a variety of glass beading worked into the layers. The shimmer and sparkle is wonderful.
The flower alone took several hours to complete. Beads must be strung on the cordonnet in advance and pulled into the tatting as I work. So it is knot, loop, knot, bead, knot….and so on. The knots, loops, and beads of each layer are counted in advance and graphed on paper. A time consuming process but enjoyable and so worth the time.
The leaf design was made especially for this piece. I used the holly design that I have made before for other fiber art works as seen on this barrette. http://www.etsy.com/listing/68380804
I made the stem twist tighter, the beginning narrower and end wide and added lockstitches at the edges to make the stitiches turn in. I was trying to give the leaves the rounded but jagged look of true dandelion leaves. I used references from the internet to redesign the leaf pattern. Several attempts were made before I was happy with the effect.
I used two weights of leaf green cordonnet to make the leaves and changed the core thread to give more dimension. I wanted the larger leaf to stand out more and used a dark gold thread at the core which leaves little flecks of color through the leaf adding brightness and congruency. The two smaller leaves have an evergreen core thread making them recede a little and deepen in color slightly. Finally, when I worked the outside chain, it was reversed so the edges curl up. I like that effect. It feels fresh and natural to me.
This is a photo of my work station beside my chair in the cabin. It was so nice to have all of my stuff out for days and not have to worry about curious kitties dragging things off! You can see my thread balls, beads, tons of shuttles, needles, hooks, embroidery scissors and a few comfort things like chapstick and Udder Cream hand lotion which keeps my worn hands soft but does not stain threads and fabric. The blue cup is for snipped thread ends. I get very bothered by loose ends…imagine that!
After the main flower and leaves are tatted together I began to make ” Teeny Tats”, tiny one ring flowers that I named when I began making notecards. http://www.etsy.com/listing/71546370
I could have stopped with just the Dandelion and its leaves but I wanted purple to set off the gold and the Teeny Tats are an adorable way to add color without detracting from the design. I had to decide how many and where to position the Teenies. So, laying the motif flat I move the little flowers around. I placed the richer colors and heavier weight threads closer to the Dandelion and faded them out to the very finest and lightest Teenies at the edges. I took a photo of where they are to be placed so I can remove them while I work but still have a reference saving me time. In the end I did not use all of them and the remainder go into a small round box to be used on other projects. Each Teenie was hand sewn into the work using its own ends. A glass bead was sewn into each center for sparkle. For pricing, I add 3 minutes for each Teenie plus the amount of time it took to sew them into the design.
I was tickled pink with the way this work evolved. Originally I was making a Spring Gala but the Dandelion is so large and such a focal point that I thought it was appropriate that the Gala be just for this Dandelion. It’s own formal affair. I brought the motif home and added Sterling links and white organdy ribbon with a fantastic shimmer. A two inch chain extender is at the clasp so it can fit any size neck. the “V” shape of the design makes this statement necklace a natural fit.
The Dandelion Gala Statement necklace is now listed in my Etsy shop for sale. It is part of my Snappy Couture line, a glamorous collection of statement jewelry that is one of a kind.
I sat down with full shuttles the other day (before vacation-which was lovely) and created some black Flair blossoms with various beads tatted into the designs. I used heavier weight cordonnet and glass beading. I was going to make them into pendants but I felt like making them into something a little different.
The Flair blossom with a single dark gold bead tatted into the edges. Hematite rounds and a large black glass crystal are sewn into the center. The crystal is fantastic, brilliant and black. I recently used these crystals in a new Snappy Couture statement necklace I will be posting soon. The Flair is mounted on neutral colored upholstery fabric with a nice texture and then mounted on a Sterling pin base with a lever closure. Find more photos and the shop listing here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/70448166
This mini-box keepsake has a five-pointed star with brilliant gold and amber beading tatted into the edges. A frilly black Teeny Tat (tiny flower), Czech black rounds and a large Amber crystal are hand sewn into the center. The Flair was offset on gold sheer fabric and a wee orange PIXIE butterfly was added for fun whimsy. The butterfly only measures 1/2″ and is shuttle tatted with the finest tatting cordonnet which is the thickness of sewing thread. The knots are so tiny you can’t see them without looking very very closely. If you look at the petals of the Teeny Tat in the center of the star and the antennae of the butterfly, you will see the difference in the thickness of the threads I used for the tatting. This little round box is fully lined with black felt. More photos can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/70424739
The final Flair became a Cocktail Ring. This Flair was larger because of heavier (and firmer) thread and more stitches. Pewter glass beads are tatted into the edges making them pointed. Silver-lined clear gunmetal seeds and Hematite were sewn into the center. The gorgeous purple focal bead is from the Czech Republic. I love the simplicity of the design and the size of this flower for a cocktail ring. I think it turned out bold and flirty. I will probably make more this size. The Flair is attached to a stone agate base. You can see more photos of this ring here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/70421003
I have many pieces of tatting around here just waiting to be finished. Today is the first day of spring and my Spring Gala Couture piece is nearly done. I worked on it over our lovely cabin vacation last week. I also have a new dragonfly, a pale pink rosette barrette and some leaves to finish. Hopefully this work will be done through the week. I have been distracted by my vacationing husband. We have been watching lots of movies and enjoying the beautiful sunshine and our blossoming gardens.
My lovely little crocuses are out to ring in the Spring season and my 7+ varieties of daffodils are not far behind. I am relaxed and refreshed after our break but ready to get back to my studio tomorrow.
I purchased many 3″ and 2.5″ satin balls this past winter with the intention of creating Fiber Art designs and mounting them on the balls for ornaments. My mind is always one step ahead of what I am able to do physically or time-wise. So-I had been wanting to add a leaf or leaves and flower(s) to a ball and started with my shuttle-tatted Flair blossom pattern in white with very bright yellow glass edge beading. Then I made a crisp white leaf with clear beading to match.
The fun part came when we sat down to watch our movies this past weekend and it was time to finish the ornament with the many options of beads, balls and pins that I have acquired. After selecting a bright red ball and placing the beaded leaf on it…voila! Apple, I thought, “how fun is this!” I finished out the beading with matching bright red, AB coated amber and bright golden yellow with a big AB coated clear crystal in the center of the Flair.
Attached with wee sequin pins that are neatly hidden, the leaf and Flair transform this red holiday ball into a Red Delicious Apple.