Putting my best lace forward…

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) πŸ™‚

You can find this bracelet in my online shop, Snappy Tatter, in this listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/55351619 Larger version with heavier thread: https://www.etsy.com/listing/67120112 Black earrings: https://www.etsy.com/listing/67075371 I can make Flourish into a choker as well.

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: jjskohr@embarqmail.com

Well, that’s it for today’s show and tell everyone!

Enjoy your weekend!

Gone but not forgotten…Snappy Tatter buying trends

The art shows and holiday bazaars are over folks. It was hectic and exhausting but well worth the time and effort. I met many new people and was able to show them a different type of artistry, fiber art and tatted lace. Many people I met had never seen this type of work and were curious as to what a fiber artist does. I was able to give small demonstrations and talk about the tools and cords I use and how I came to be a fiber artist years ago.Β  It is simply the medium I use now instead of pen and paper although I still draw to draft new ideas.

Anyhoo-this post is about some of my favorite work that is now in the hands of some Snappy Tatter fan somewhere beginning with one of my favorite Snappy Couture pieces that was actually purchased by my sister-in-law, Jen.

Summer Gala

Summer Gala

I can’t believe how lovely this looks on her. It certainly did not look this nice on me. I am so glad that someone has it that it seems such a perfect fit for.

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Isn’t she pretty! Thank you Jen. Here is your 15 minutes of fame.

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Just perfect for her!

Another Snappy Couture design that is gone is the Maple Gala:

And here are other items that are treasured one-of-a-kind work that will not return to my shop:

The Duchess

The Duchess

Splendor with Hematite pendant

Splendor with Hematite pendant

Gold Vivien Stickpin

Gold Vivien Stickpin

Snowball No.22

Snowball No.22

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Snowball No.1

Snowball No.1

Snowball No.16

Snowball No.16

Vivien's Playground

Vivien’s Playground

Darla Butterfly Box

Darla Butterfly Box

And now some work that may be reproduced in a similar way sometime:

Flourish with red jade beads

Flourish with red jade beads

Grace earrings with Swarovski pearls

Grace earrings with Swarovski pearls

Strand earrings

Strand earrings

Strand with Howlite

Strand with Howlite

Dainty Flakes with CZ's

Dainty Flakes with CZ’s

MOD II pendant with Czech glass

MOD II pendant with Czech glass

Many items have sold but these are a few of my favorite things. As the year winds down I am still busy tatting the days away fulfilling orders for Christmas. And I am thinking ahead for how I would like to spend my time at the beginning of the new year when everything settles down and I have more time to do whatever I want. I have some new plans that I will share later.

Etsy has begun to provide some new options for shop owner’s that I will have the time to take advantage of in the new year. For example, I can now have multiple quantities available in one listing. I also can provide various options for my simpler work such as color and size options. You can now pick the color and size from drop down menus as you purchase. Etsy is getting better and better at providing a venue that is competitive with other online shopping options but still is primarily a handmade marketplace. The options of accepting credit cards directly, having gift cards available and better search variances are creating a more professional environment for buyers and sellers alike.

In the new year I will be reviewing all 200+ listings as I usually do. I will be checking for discrepancies and updating photography and listing information. I will also be taking advantage of the variations options for my Made to Order work. I am doing that now in a few of my listings where you can choose cord or bead color and length. Going through each listing one by one is a time consuming process that I save for the (generally) quietest months of the year, February and March. This is very important to me. I am a nut for consistency and professionalism in my listings. So I look for poor photos, inaccurate spelling or grammar and update links that may go nowhere and correct as much as possible.

In the meantime, I still have Free Priority Mail upgrade for all domestic orders $20 or over until 12/20. And a $5 gift certificate to my shop is included in all December sales. I have to evaluate all Made to Order purchases on a case by case basis because of my current workload. Ready to ship items will ship in time for Christmas at this point.

Enjoy your day everyone!

Jennifer

Gallery #2 for the upcoming holiday season!

This is the second gallery of work that will be shown at the three upcoming events I have scheduled. Much of it has been tatted over the past four weeks and finished recently. I like to photograph every item I create as a record of my progress as an artist. My followers and fans are the first to have the opportunity to purchase any of these items before they sell. Contact me through my Blog comments, Facebook, my Etsy Shop or through email (jjskohr@embarqmail.com) if you are interested. Everything that is one-of-a-kind will say OOAK so you will know it will not be reproduced exactly the same.

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Enjoy!

~New! Grace embellished with Swarovski pearls. (OOAK)

~Halo

~MOD embellished with Hematite-a customer favorite!

~Harmony

~Flair embellished with Swarovski Crystals

~MOD Pendant with Czech crystal

~New Snappy Tatter design! Sparrow! (OOAK)

I am so excited to finally be able to show this design! It is a variation of my Phoenix and Angel wing designs and has been rattling around in my head for months. Ever since we put up a bird feeder for the first time this spring and I discovered that I was a bird watcher, I have been needing to create this. I have studied the wee birds in my back yard and love the variation of the sparrows. This is the first Sparrow design but I can think of many ways to blend the colors so there will be more from time to time. Created while on our cabin vacation it took several hours to design and shuttle-tat as I diligently created hundreds of uniform picots to make the frilly wing. Stiffened discreetly through the back and embellished with gorgeous bronze colored Swarovski pearls, this is my new favorite! Please feel free to share my newest creation with your friends!

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~New! Strand earrings

~MOD earrings in cream

~Dainty Flake earrings with brilliant man-made diamonds

~Drop earrings with dangling pearl teardrops (OOAK)

~Frilly Drips and Drop earrings

~Dainty Flake Pendants are back!

All of the Dainty Flakes are embellished with Czech Glass and a Celestial Crystal or a Swarovski pearl or bi-cone crystal and clasp with a decorative floral box clasp. Back to the drafting table!

Ice Crystals and Snowballs are next! Stay tuned!

Cheers! Jennifer

The first sneak peek tatted gallery of the holiday season!

With three shows coming up in as many weeks, I am working diligently to create a variety of work for people to explore at my tables. I have learned that it is not in my best interest, because of limited time, to list all of these items in my Etsy shop as at least 50% will sell at these shows. I do, however, like to photograph every item I create to keep in growing photo albums as a record of what I have done. I am up to four albums now! I like to present galleries of this work so everyone can see what I am up to as well as have the opportunity to purchase before it sells at an event. Contact me through my Blog comments, Facebook, my Etsy Shop or through email (jjskohr@embarqmail.com) if you are interested. Everything that is one-of-a-kind will say OOAK so you will know it will not be reproduced exactly the same.

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Enjoy!

~Serpentine

~Halo

~New! Vine

~New Rosebud Brooch (OOAK). The first of a series of 3 dimensional sculpted roses.

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~MOD earrings in black with Hematite

~Drips, Drops, Flash Drips & Frilly Drips

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~Rush

~New! Strand earrings

~MOD Pendant

~MOD II Pendant

Now I have to get back to my coffee and my drafting table to finish more earrings, snow and fiber art designs. More photos to come!

Cheers!

Jennifer

Snappy Tatter Gallery Updates

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. πŸ™‚

New pics are added to the following categories:

Tatted Brooches-PIXIE Butterfly Stickpin, Mum Brooch and Diana Butterfly Stickpins

Tatted Earring Gallery-Bounce, Grace, Wisp, Flair, Flash Drip

Tatted Pendant Gallery-Dainty, Flair, Gerber, Majestic Dragonfly, Sara butterfly

Snappy Couture Jewelry-Leaf Garland, Teeny Tat Chic

Tatted Barrettes and Bobbies-Daisy Bobbies

Gallery of Tatted Snow-Snowball No.20, Janette’s Ice Crystal gallery, and Ice Crystals No. 31, 33 and 35

Gallery of Mini Fiber Art Boxes-Purple Berry Frilly Fleur and Hot Pink Frilly Fleur and a new pic of Sunshine Flutter

Gallery of Fiber Art Boxes-updated pics of: Dandelion Fluff, Pansy Paradise, Abagail, and Sophie’s Garden

Framed Work-Peach Tranquility, Buttercup’s Garden and Follow Me

MOD-new bracelets including the Double MOD that I wear

Enchanted-more pics

And brand new categories have been added:

Halo

Dainty, Flair Flowers and Flurry

and The Sophisticate

That is my latest update for Snappy Tatter-land. Follow me on my Facebook PageΒ  or Twitter to be the first to catch all new listings in my Etsy Shop when they come out!

Cheers!

Jennifer

September is Free Shipping for Facebook fans, Twitter and Blog followers!

Howdy all! Here’s the latest Snappy Tatter promotion for the month of September! Enjoy Free Shipping on everything until the next e-Newsletter by entering the code “SNAPPYSHIPPING” in the coupon box during checkout in my Etsy Store. Ask me for free shipping if you would like to purchase outside of my shop through email, blog or facebook. Read the September e-Newsletter in full…

New Winner of the Birch Leaf Pendant!

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

Birch Leaf Give-away! This weekend only!

Hi All! I am having a short and simple weekend give-away! In order to be entered all you have to do is answer a simple question. Do you prefer Silver or Gold jewelry? I know most people have a preference and because of cost I have mainly stocked Silver findings: clasps, jumprings, chain, pin backs, earring posts and wires and all the little bits it takes to make something into jewelry. I recently branched out and added some gunmetal and black findings and have gold pins available. I am about to place my twice a year inventory purchase so I would like to know if people would be interested in Snappy Tatter expanding to gold jewelry findings. Every person who answers the question “do you prefer silver or gold jewelry” will be entered to win a Birch Leaf pendant in green with a 16″ black leather hoop necklace.

Birch Leaf Pendant

You can enter by commenting at the bottom of this post. Or you can answer the question on my Facebook page or you can reply to my Tweet. Only one entry per person will count. My husband will draw the winner of the Birch Leaf Pendant when he gets home on Tuesday the 28th.

So let’s see a show of hands! Silver? or Gold?

πŸ™‚

Jennifer

p.s. this post will also show on Facebook and Twitter but only one vote will count. Make sure you don’t answer the question as “Anonymous” or I won’t know who you are!

Relisted Listings, fan faves are back!

While I travel back to the woods later today and spend my time hiking trails by day and tatting new ideas by night, I thought everyone might enjoy a gallery of my recent re-listings. Fan favorites, I wanted to add them to my Made to Order (MTO) listings for those who missed out on purchasing them before. I am trying to do this more and more to fill my shop up with diverse and popular options while I work on new designs.

Now is a great time to shop at Snappy Tatter, purchasing 3 or more items gives you Free Shipping. You can roll birthday and holiday shopping into one purchase and get a little something for yourself as well! The latest Free Shipping information can be found here: JULY EXCLUSIVE

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Frilly Simplicity with red crystals

Effervescence Bracelet

Rosette Pendant with Purple PIXIE Butterfly

Modeling the Pendant

Sunflower Pendant

MOD earrings with Hematite beads

Drop earrings with Sterling rounds

Rosette Barrette in Gold and Green

Dainty Bobby Pin

Dainty Pendant in white and ivory

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. I will resume shipping and creating MTO purchases when I return. I gotta get packing!

Cheers!

Jennifer

Fresh work with a feminine style

While I wait for my sister-in-law to send me some great pics of our camping trip together I thought I would share some new work that is listed in my Etsy shop.

Apparently I was feeling very girly when I created these things as they are super feminine styles. Sometimes my work is glamorous, sometimes hardcore. My work changes with my mood and with the seasons. I am realizing more and more that I create in a variety of styles from whimsical to earthy to modern chic.

Many people don’t realize that I started as an artist that worked in Portraiture, Expressionism and Surrealism. Prismacolor pencils and charcoal were my favorite mediums although I frequently worked with pen and ink and graphite. Eventually I would like to photograph my work which is now very very old and create a gallery here. A lot of it is intense, strange and sometimes disturbing. It’s another dynamic to my brain that most don’t know about. I have a capacity, to this day, to be able to draw things exactly as I see them. Although I don’t draw for pleasure much anymore, I do work my ideas out in sketches before I begin creating a pattern and then diagram the finished design. My pattern book looks like it is filled with hieroglyphics! My embroidery is also drawn before it is created. Anyhoo-I digress.

Here is my newest work. Click the photos to be taken to full descriptions, price and photos. As always, anyone who would like to purchase directly through email or PayPal can drop me a line at jjskohr@embarmail.com.

Flair II Choker

Flair Earrings in Baby Pink

Sara Butterfly Pendant in Azalea Pink

MOD Cuff in creamy white with Czech glass and glass pearls