Hi all! To say I am busy right now would be a ridiculous understatement. I am in that clerical/business management phase that I have to go through in preparation for a holiday show. Everything that has been packed away has to be brought out and evaluated: signage, table decor, displays, boxes, bags, labels, pamphlets… Today I will be mostly working on inventory and display as well as finishing about a dozen pairs of earrings. I also have made snowflakes and a garden watch and all of these items need photographed. In the meantime I wanted to share with you some of my most recent works but I don’t have much time to chat about them. I will make sure I come back and tell you more about the process and elements that went into making them after the dust settles. Enjoy!
~Petite Full Bloom Rose Gala~
~Pink Dianthus Gala~
Pink Dianthus Gala
~New, original, Snowflakes and Medallion~
Medallion Flake No.1
That’s it for now. Time to get into that studio and start sorting it all out. I will be working late tonight and tomorrow for that matter but it is all worth it when I feel prepared and can be at my best. I can’t wait to meet new peeps and explain my work. If you are in the area, come visit! Information is in the post below. I will (hopefully) be posting more pics later of work you will see at the show.
First, I have to share a photo of the newest member of my family. Meet Lindi Faith, my youngest niece! Shown here with me only 9 days old. Such a tiny tiny baby and so perfect, the little one brought on that weepy delighted feeling you get when holding something so precious!
Also new is my latest Snappy Couture design, Aspen Trio. Although it is not as beautiful and precious as my niece, it deserves a shout out as well.
Aspen Trio is 3 small leaves tatted together to form a contemporary design. This is a new leaf design that I had not yet used in my work. The leaf is smaller, and more compact. I don’t like to monkey around with variegated threads much unless it is for leaves which always turn out very cool looking. I think variegation takes away from the design of tatted lace with little exception. So my multicolor threads are all in shades of greens and autumn colors. I picked up this color last year and this is my first time using it. It is called “herbal garden”. I love how all three leaves transition in almost the same manner. I added jewel tone Czech glass beading at all of the connections, overlapped the leaves and added hand sewn, olive, Swarovski Crystal pearls down the center veins. I love the end result and you can find the listing in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165355669
On one of our camping trips this summer, I spent some time re-designing my Maple leaf pattern. I think the result is more proportionally accurate. It is modeled after an actual leaf I plucked off a nearby tree. I came home, and once again using a variegated cordonnet, created this simple Maple leaf pendant with a wood disc back, Bordeaux Swarovski crystal pearl embellishment and chocolate brown ribbon necklace. A simple tribute to my favorite season. Autumn in western Pennsylvania is stunning!
Recently I did a little work for a charity providing a Pitter Patter necklace for a raffle for the Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas. I also made this necklace for the Butler county Humane Society fundraiser last year. Being an animal lover, I enjoy contributing to the fundraising efforts of rescue organizations.
I made the necklace in charcoal thinking it would attract more people than straight black or white. Plus, when I think of a Schnauzer, I think of the salt and pepper “old man” appearance of their coats.
There are several colors I can make it in and if you have something specific in mind, I may be able to accommodate you. Just drop me a line. I love to do custom work. In fact, most of my work from July this year till now has been custom or bridal! Hmmm.
As I have said before, I love working for brides! From my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, I have designed more jewelry for brides and their bridal parties this year than any other. This set turned out to be particularly spectacular. The bride’s request was 3 jewelry sets for her bridesmaids in a golden yellow and creamy ecru. I added ivory glass beading and ivory Swarovski pearls to turn it into some serious lace jewelry with Sterling Silver jewelry components. I gave the bride many options as she wanted every piece of jewelry to be different. She chose designs that coordinated perfectly. She has a very good eye.
First I made a MOD cuff and Decadence earrings. Small gold Swarovski pearls were added to the center motif as well.
MOD Cuff and Decadence earrings
The second set was the Flirtation bib necklace and Indulgence earrings. The thread colors were dark gold, medium gold and ecru.
Flirtation and Indulgence earrings
The third set, a Flair Trio bib necklace and Bounce earrings. All designed to coordinate with the other two sets.
Flair Trio and Bounce earrings
I love this work. It is so richly colored, warm and unique.
You can find more galleries of my work at the left.
Direct links to various listings, some ready made and some custom order:
Snappy Tatter lace-work comes in a variety of colors. I try to steer clear of white for everyday jewelry unless it is requested because whites will discolor from the oils and cells from your skin. I think white is fabulous for small work that can easily be cleaned like a Dainty Flake Pendant or for earrings that are not close to your skin. I enjoy using white and light colors in my Couture designs, like the Winter Gala shown here, because they are not meant to be worn frequently and with proper storage, stay clean for a long time.
The AngelCouture is backed with sheer gold organdy for a shimmery natural effect and to protect the white lace from your skin.
Designs like Chardonnay, Princess and Chantilly are stunning in shades of white.
To me, keeping these gorgeous pieces of jewelry looking new should be simple. Spot cleaning is all that is usually necessary but there is a tip that can help prevent the need to clean:
Keep your hands and skin clean and dry!
Easy Peasy. Try to avoid moisturizers on skin that will be showcasing your glamorous jewelry. Moisture will make it easier for skin to stain the fiber. There are a couple of things I have tried and found success with when it comes to cleaning your whites and light colors. I will use the “dirty Dainty” as an example. I had made a little snowflake and found a dark fiber trapped in the knots so, to me, it was unusable. So I abused it. I put a little dusty dirt on my fingers and rubbed it on half and touched my oily, makeup-laden, face and rubbed that on part of the Dainty Flake as well. Then I let it sit around for months. Seriously. I forgot about it on purpose.
Here’s what the Dirty Dainty looked like before my attempts to clean it:
When I found the dirty Dainty a few months later, it looked filthy. Ew! Determined to bring this Flake back to it’s original non-color I first worked with Hydrogen Peroxide. Nothing special. The same stuff you get at the drugstore for a dollar that most everyone has in their medicine cabinet. Hydrogen Peroxide has gentle bleaching properties. I saturated a Q-tip (a cotton ball for larger areas) and gently rubbed the stains, moistening the area with the H2O2. I let it sit for a few minutes, repeated the gentle rubbing and rinsed well with cool water. A little stain remained but the Dainty had become mostly white. The top right ring was still dark and I knew that was where I had applied the skin oil/makeup from my face. So I chose Rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip rubbed into the fibers in the same manner as the Peroxide.
Voila! A crisp white Snowflake. No editing needed for this photo! The background was pretty dirty too, so I switched to a darker cloth that gives better contrast. I think the Flake may be whiter than it was originally! And now I can’t find the dark fiber that was tangled in the knot.
I suggest Hydrogen Peroxide for most stains and dirt. Rubbing alcohol seemed to work well with the greasy stain. I would also use rubbing alcohol around metal jewelry components and beads because of its ability to evaporate quickly. That way your Sterling or gold is not exposed to moisture for a prolonged period which can cause it to oxidize.
These suggestions are only meant for my own handmade lace jewelry. Other tatters may have different suggestions for their tatting. I would contact the designer to find out what they recommend. I send simple information on TLC (tatted lace care) with every order from my Etsy shop. And I am always available to answer questions just send me a message!
I hope this is informative and helps ease the minds of my peeps who enjoy buying light-colored tatted jewelry.
I recently received a request in my shop, Snappy Tatter, for matching earrings for my Sunflower pendant. Fun! I was able to make my Dainty design into little Sunflowers with more frilly picots and the perfect beading. In the process I created a larger Sunflower that I turned into a bracelet. It was my first attempt to make an earring but was larger than I wanted and the beading wasn’t quite right to match the pendant. It is my first time using the metal bracelet blanks I bought awhile ago. I really like the result. The flower is stiffened for structure and attached to the blank with an industrial resin. Here is the result, peeps!
The metal cuff is one-of-a-kind, so snap it up if you like it! Here are the links to the Sunflower listings that are in my shop:
A recent custom request from a Snappy Tatter customer led me to working with greens and blues, not colors I normally work with except for leaves. I do have a nice collection of blues and greens from baby blue to navy to teal but my mind is always drawn to warm colors.
Sometimes working outside your normal palette forces you to use your color study skills to create something that is well coordinated. The main issue with this project was the customer’s choice of turquoise that is very bright and a forest green that is muted. This issue was solved with the customer’s choice of a variegated cord that drew the blue into the green gradually.
My customer proudly told me “Texas girls love lots of bling”. So I further blended the colors with hand sewn beading which is all Czech glass and Swaroski crystals.
The finished work is this lovely cool color Flair set of jewelry finished with Sterling jewelry components and silver organdy ribbon.
For those of you who may not know yet, I am in the process of writing a book. I was approached by a UK publishing company over the holidays last year. They needed an author for an introductory book on tatting and they thought Snappy Tatter rocks! Very cool. So step by step I have been going through this process to help them develop a presentation to submit for approval with their editors. Once approved, the writing and pattern designing begins. First I submitted a synopsis of the book and the chapter breakdown as well as a short Snappy Tatter bio. The next task was to create tatted items for photography. I recorded the patterns in both long hand and diagramming and submitted those as well. So now they will put all of this info together and create a brief presentation that is like a section of the actual book to be written.
Since this is to be an introductory book, the small motifs will be the very basic patterns that every tatter learns:
The Flourish bracelet is another simple design that is continuously tatted and requires no tricky techniques. I see similar designs around the web because again, it is a basic design. There are certain concepts in tatting design that have been around so long that they pop up in books and in people’s work all over the world. These are the kinds of patterns I will be introducing in a beginner’s book. (Sorry no leaves or roses or lilies or tatterpillars will be included) 🙂
Next I created 3 pairs of Decadence earrings. The colors were chosen by the staff at the publishing company. They have a vision for this presentation. This design developed from my Sweet Decadence necklace which is a very tricky design with what I like to call “non-traditional tatting techniques”. In other words, I made them up.
I beaded each pair differently in a simple hand sewn manner. I believe it is still questionable whether and how much I would be teaching on beading. But for the presentation we wanted everything to be its snappiest. You can find a pair made in a lightly variegated cord called cafe latte in my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101009729 And the Sweet Decadence necklace is in black here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/55908444
Finally, the Chardonnay necklace. This is one of my first designs and has not been recreated in the last couple of years. It’s funny that I now look at it and see it as such a simple concept but when I was designing it, it was difficult. That’s growth and experience, I suppose.
It is embellished simply with Swarovski glass pearls. And I redesigned the connections to be more basic. The original connection at the top of each point was a crossover that gave interest to the pattern but it is another thing I made up to accommodate the design I was looking for. I may remake this and post it in my shop again because it really is a lovely pattern. If anyone would like one, drop me a line and I can tell you about sizing and pricing: email@example.com
Well, that’s it for today’s show and tell everyone!