Hi there Peeps! I have been busy in Snappy Tatter-Land again. This time making oodles of earrings that are available now in my Etsyshop. There are new tatting designs, new beading styles, and something for everyone! Here is a gallery of what is new in my shop:
Below you will find an easy and fast direct link under the photo of each of the 22 pairs that are new. As they are sold, the link will go to my shop but not directly to the listing. On the front page of my shop you can find all of what is available (right now over 90 pairs) in my entire earring collection.
I hope that you see something that you love. I would love to read your comments, too! Next up are more earrings, pendants, one-of-a-kind J Kohr Couture necklaces, and more decorative boxes! I will showcase new work here as it becomes available.
I was busy making new jewelry when I was struck with pneumonia recently! I was laid up for a couple of weeks but am doing much better now. I am sore from withdrawing from steroids though. My skin feels like it is bruised all over. Anyhoo-I found the time to get down to my huge studio and take pictures of the bracelets I finished a few weeks ago with my new lighting system. My photos are turning out perfectly with little editing needed. It saves so much time to get the photos right the first time.
Introducing the NEW Cube Cuff! Shuttle tatted in light blue and a variegated cordonnet that transitions from blues to greens, this design is simple but labor intensive to create. Rings and chains make repeating squares and an outside edge chain adds stability so the shape will be retained perfectly. I also hand beaded rows of tiny green Aurora Borealis coated seed beads between the cubes for a subtle sparkle. Shuttle-tatting is s knotted lace technique that is very durable making this cuff wearable for years. You can find this beautiful cuff in my Etsyshop through the link under the photo.
And there’s more! I completed 5 more bracelets and they are available in my Etsy shop now. First I have a new version of the Chantilly cuff available in charcoal gray with a large Hematite accent bead. Chantilly is one of the first designs I created years ago. It has been sold many times over since the beginning. I wear one in black with no beads.
Another early design that I have made over an over is called Effervescence. I made one in soft shell pink with glass beads. I love the color! Delicate looking but every bit as durable as any lacework I make.
AND Obsession is the third wide cuff design I created years ago. Currently it is available in 3 listings in my shop. There is a black one with Hematite beading, a charcoal gray one with Hematite tubes shown below and there is a custom listing where you can choose your favorite color and length.
I have made a new Halo bracelet with smaller rings and 4mm glass pearls in silver. It’s a modest and simple design. I can totally see a bride or bridesmaid wearing this for the bride’s special day. I always welcome bridal work and have created custom designs for bride’s, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride or groom. I have made ornate sets of jewelry for the whole party and have made simple earrings or a bracelet for a one-of-a-kind accessory.
Finally, another new design has been created. I made one in charcoal for my BFF’s birthday. And then I recreated it with fewer beads in go-with-everthing navy. The glass beads are matte with shiny matching seed beads between. It is called “Elegant Infinity” and is based on my simpler Infinity pattern. I have been wanting to expand my bracelet selection lately and adding Cube and Elegant Infinity to my collection of private patterns expands what I have available.
That’s it for now! Next I am working on earrings and will post a gallery of what I have made here. I inherited some wonderful gems, crystals and stones from Jay’s sister and am excited to incorporate them into my work for one-of-a-kind creations you won’t find anywhere else!
I recently finished some of my raw lace into jewelry and listed it for sale on Etsy. Above is my new design Halo Wave. The curved bracelet can be worn with the arch facing you or facing away from you. It’s a nice flexible design made from the highest quality cotton tatting cordonnet. Black, charcoal and silver strands of Halo Wave are connected together and hand beaded with silver glass pearls and gunmetal silver-lined Czech glass seed beads.
I also finished 3 new Cocktail rings. Aster in white with yellow Aurora Borealis coated glass beads and a large AB crystal is a new ring design. Aurora Borealis coating adds a beautiful mutilcolor shine to glass beads. It is a double layered cup flower that is small and cute. Mounted permanently on an adjustable base it will fit anyone as all of my Cocktail Rings do.
Two new Flair Cocktail Rings were also finished, one in variegated shades of off white and another in black. The white ring was made from a lightly variegated thread called “mocha latte” and is beaded with cream colored seeds around the edges. Swarovski crystal pearls in white are hand beaded through the rings of the design with a large one for the center. It is mounted permanently on a silver tone adjustable base. The black version has pewter fringe beads tatted around the edge and is embellished with hematite tubes and a blue Czech glass bead center. Mounted on a gunmetal colored adjustable base it is perfect for everyday wear or for you best little black dress.
Two new ready to ship pins are available now as well. The popular Diana 3D stickpin was made in Azalea pink with fine silver lined Czech glass beading in the wingtips. A large pink Swarovski crystal pearl adorns the center. The stickpin she is mounted on is Sterling Silver and 2.75″ long. She is perfect for a jacket, collar, hat, scarf or to add an interesting pop of color to whatever you are wearing. I have a purple Diana stickpin that I frequently wear on my small button up sweaters. She stays 3D forever. I made a new PIXIE butterfly pin too. In heavy weight white tatting cordonnet, I beaded around her entire wings with lavender matte glass beads. The process is tedious as I bring one bead at a time into the lace as the knots are tied. She has a small Swarovski crystal pearl in her center, is stiffened to remain 3D, and is mounted on a small tie tac style gold pin base. Both are fun little flourishes!
Another new design has come to Snappy Tatter-land! Empress is a gorgeous ornate shuttle-tatted cuff that is available in black. I made an orange one for myself too. I wrote about it in yesterday’s post “I forgot the pattern :p”. 35 overlapping rings make the scalloped center. There are 3 more rounds of tatting that are very fine and interesting. You won’t find anything like this anywhere else because I have the secret pattern now. 🙂 Durable, elegant and detailed, it is worthy of royalty!
I am having a great time settling into my new HUGE studio and creating new works again. There is still a lot to do with the house, like hanging pictures and unpacking some non-essential boxes, but we are happy here. The weather is sooooooo much better than Idaho. We don’t go straight from summer to winter and back. Lol. I love having four seasons again. It is warmer here than where I grew up in PA and the growing season is longer. This is great for Jay who is ready to plant his garden! He already has starts of cucumbers, melons and lots of corn. We will be up to our ears in veggies. The guinea piggies will be happy!
I have been struggling with my chronic clusters again but I found a very sympathetic and knowledgeable Neurologist here that understands my plight. He supports my current regimen of shots, oxygen and pills to control attacks and I am truly grateful for that. Outside of working in my new studio, caring for my guinea pigs and doing my nails all the time, I have taken up playing the flute again. I used to play in high school and thought I might enjoy it again. I was right. I am zooming through my beginner’s book and practicing almost daily. Jay gets short concerts on Sundays. He is happy that I am happy.
You can look forward to more new work soon and posts about my life here in our new home.
In the meantime, you can use “SHOPSNAPPYTATTER” as a coupon code for 10% off your purchase in my Etsy shop!
Yes, I forgot to write down the pattern. Lol. I create my own designs here in Snappy Tatter-land. I often experiment with new ideas and push myself to create work that is unusual and elegant. I don’t even remember making the bracelet in the picture above. I keep my laceworks in small packages in trays of “to be finished” works. Since we moved this past fall I have been slowly putting my studio together in my new room and I came across my stash of unfinished lacework. I found this pattern and thought, “how lovely…surely I wrote down the pattern as I made it.” Well, I did not. Ugh. :p But I felt it was worth recreating to sell in my Etsy shop so I set about trying to figure out what the h-e-double hockey sticks I had done to create this! Oh boy. With my strongest readers on I flipped and flopped the work back and forth to try to count the knots, figure out where the joins were, and write it all down. Then I grabbed my shuttles and started tatting away, making corrections and timing myself as I went along.
Ultimately, it is not exactly the same as the orange one although it will take a keen eye to see what is different. Nevertheless it is just as elegant and ornate as the original. It took HOURS to create. It may not look like it but there are four rounds to the design. I chose to call it “Empress” because it reminds me of the kind of lace royalty would wear. It is amazingly detailed and was tedious to create. The orange one is for me. It is my favorite color and the perfect shade of orangey-red to me. The black one can be found in this Etsy listing:https://www.etsy.com/listing/1014202509.
I try to always write my patterns down. I may actually have it somewhere and just didn’t look hard enough. Anyhoo-now it is done and diagrammed for future production. I hope you like it. It is ready to ship in black but I can make it in about 47 different colors.
Snappy Tatter’s Etsy shop has a sale running now until the end of April! Select items are 20% off and can be found in my Sale section. Would you like a peak at what’s for sale? I got you covered in this post. Below is a gallery of items that are still available for 20% off now.
There is a little bit of everything from my shop in the sale section now. 20% off is the biggest discount I have ever given so take advantage!
My Etsy shop is back online. Visit http://www.snappytatter.etsy.com for ready to ship handmade lacework just in time for the holiday season. I will have made to order listings added as soon as I get the mountain of boxes in my soon to be studio sorted out. Thank you all for your patience while I moved across the US. We are now settled in West Virginia in a sweet new home. Happy shopping with Snappy Tatter and please feel free to ask for custom work during while I get settled!
We are in the process of moving back east, closer to where I am from. I grew up in northern PA and lived in Pittsburgh for most of my adult life. We found this adorable Cape Cod in WV and will be moving in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, my Etsy shop is in Vacation Mode as most of my tatting and jewelry supplies are packed. Although I am unable to create new work, the work that is available in this shop is already made and can be shipped promptly. Up until a week before we move, I will be able to sell and ship from here.
I also have new work listed for sale. You can find them in the categories on the left side of my page where you can shop. Here are photos of what is new: Flash earrings, Daisy Chain Bracelet, Decadence Cuff, Double Halo Bracelet, Flair Cuff, Shell Pendant, Innocence Choker, Tendril Necklace, Frilly Flourish two-tone Pendant
Feel free to shop to your heart’s delight here in Snappy Tatter-land! I will keep you posted when I move and my Etsy shop is up and running again. In the meantime…packing, packing, packing. Ugh!!!
Over the years I have frequently had custom requests and requests for bridal work. Here are some of the requests I have had.
One of my favorite customers has requested custom work many times from me. I am always happy to collaborate with her to get her very own unique jewelry. She really liked my Aster pendant and wanted a matching barrette. This is the pendant and what I made to match.
This same customer often asks for full sets with multiple pairs of earrings, a 3″ barrette, necklace and/or pendant, and cocktail ring. This gray, black and white set is based on a necklace with a decorative pendant. I really enjoyed creating this body of work for her.
She also asked for a custom watch design, and I happily obliged.
A customer from Texas found me through my Etsy shop and asked if I might be able to design Apple watch bands. She works as a nurse and wanted bands that were more interesting than what was available that would match her scrubs. After creating the first design, she asked for two more. She supplied the apple watch connections and clasps for me and I tatted them into the lacework.
I created a Couture design called Full Bloom (sold), made of full size roses and deep green leaves. A customer contacted me wanting a small version of the design because she could not afford the original necklace. I keep my prices as low as I can so I rarely have room to discount my work, especially when it comes to my J Kohr Couture line that is so labor intensive. I happily created a small rose with leaves and my customer was very happy. It is the picture below the original, Full Bloom.
One of my other favorite Couture designs, Leaf Garland, was found by a customer who was the mother of the bride in her daughter’s upcoming wedding. She loved the design but needed the colors changed. I do not keep track of my Couture patterns because they are meant to be unique but I did recreate the design pretty closely in black and peach. It was stunning! First picture is Leaf Garland which is available for sale here in my shop. The second picture was my custom request.
Black jewelry for bridal parties seemed to be popular one year. I never know what kind of request I will get and I will spend hours talking to brides about what they want so I can get them the perfect colors, sizes, designs and beading. Both sets are based on the Dainty Flower Bracelet design. Beaded with clear, silver-lined, gunmetal seeds and hematite rounds, this one was very striking.
Another black set I created was beaded with blue seed beads and brilliant black crystals throughout. Not only did it include necklace, earrings and bracelet, but also a bobby pin for the bride’s hair.
For another bridal party, I created 5 of the same kind of bracelet, the Lacey design, in a lightly variegated off white thread. Beaded with glass pearls and clear fringe beads, these bracelets turned out beautiful.
One of the most labor intensive sets of bridal party jewelry was created in sunflower yellow and cream. Two necklaces and one bracelet, each of a different design and matched with a pair of earrings for 3 bridesmaids. It is one of my favorite requests.
Last year, I got married myself and designed my own jewelry. I created and amazing cuff that took forever to create. Every intersection in the cuff is beaded with silver-lined clear seed beads. I also made a head band to wrap around my braided bun. And I made myself earrings to match. I embellished the headband and earrings with Swarovski crystal pearls and Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystals. I felt like a little princess!
Among other works that have been custom requested is this green Infinity Bracelet:
Also, a very petite version of the Summer Gala necklace with a simple flower, butterfly and leaves: