New Snappy Tatter Snowflake styles available!

It’s that time of year folks. There is snow flurrying outside my western Pennsylvania home as I write this! I have 10 Ornament styles that are custom made in my shop now. I plan to have more soon. The following Snappy Tatter designs can be made in two different sizes and several colors. Click each flake picture to be taken to my Etsy shop listing with more pictures and full descriptions including available sizes and colors.

Burst Flake

Burst Flake

Flurry Flake

Flurry Flake

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Frilly Flake

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Glow Flake

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Medallion No.1

Pop Flake

Pop Flake

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Puff Flake

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Star Flake

Twirly Flake

Twirly Flake

All of these designs are listed with a quantity of 3 most of the time. Larger quantities can be made but will take additional time, just ask. New ideas are popping up in my head all the time so hopefully I will have some new designs listed soon. I thought, since snow is falling outside my window today, I would take the time to showcase all of the Flakes I have available for custom tatting. I also have a couple of Ice Crystals and Snowballs available too. Visit this shop section, Tatted Ornaments, to find both the made to order and read to ship ornaments that are currently ready for this season.

~One-of-a-Kind Ice Crystals and Snowballs~

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Happy Birthday to me…a new watch for myself!

Sunday is the beginning of my 41st year on this planet! In keeping with Snappy Tatter tradition I made myself a gift, a new watch in a contemporary style. All of my watches have been a floral garden style so far. You can view all of them in the Garden Watch Gallery. Last year I made myself the very first Garden Watch for my birthday. I still wear it but wanted something for winter that was less floral. After hours of tatting, this is the design that emerged…

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I began with a base of thick black tatting that wrapped around the face on both sides. I always design my watches in a way that the back can be accessed to change the battery. I was able to tat in a way that made the center band flat around the wrist and turn 90 degrees around the face so it surrounds the watch. I even made sure that a tatted ring fit perfectly around the pin that sets the time.

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Next I worked with two shades of a charcoal color and created the wide band of rings that are intertwined in Celtic tatting fashion. The outer chains and rings connect the two inner rounds. The inner round is passed above and below the second round and secured with the last round. Everyone understand that? 🙂 Just trust me when I say it took planning and lots of time to work those rounds.

If you look closely, you might be able to see what I am talking about.

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Another important aspect of this design is the way I tapered at each end. I have tiny wrists so there is only about 2.25″ of tatting on each side of the watch. I did not want the band to be square on the ends. I wanted it to taper so it will lay flat and be a snug fit.

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After hours of tatting and a little Hematite  and silver-lined, Czech glass beading, I felt there was something missing. Of course! I just had to add small, glittery PIXIE butterflies to each side of the face!!! Still in shades of gray, the little buggers blend in until you look closely.

LOVE IT!!!

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The finishing is pretty intense. I recently purchased 20mm grosgrain ribbon in neutral colors with the specific intent of creating more watches. The reason I use the ribbon as a base is because tatting will inherently stretch and the ribbon will not. I want the tatting to stay stable, particularly if someone is going to buy the watch or like me, wear it everyday. The jewelry components are Sterling plated brass, a magnetic clasp and a short black plated aluminum chain for security.

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My finishing process is incredibly thorough. I try to go above and beyond with all of my work so the wear-ability is strengthened and the piece requires little care.  This is another reason for me to make things for myself on occasion. I can wear things day in and day out and then decide how durable it is and what I need to do to keep it looking as “just made” as possible. This watch would have been priced at $145 but it is mine…don’t worry peeps…there will always be more to come in Snappy Tatter-land. I have 10 new watch faces to play with. Rock on!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

The Snappy Tatted Watch © 2014 Jennifer Kohr

(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.)

Tatting the days away while wearing out my chair…

As many of you know, I have been under the weather with my seasonal asthma attack. It’s going on 2 weeks now since I got sick and up until the last 2 days it has been kicking my ass. While I recuperate from the insidious meds I have to take that make me both better and worse, I thought I would share a simple gallery of fresh work. All of these items can be found in my online shop, Snappy Tatter. Eventually I will be back at my drafting table finishing all the tatting that I have been creating while I have been stuck in my chair awake 21 hours a day. Then I will have a really big gallery to share!

(click the pics to see more photos and full descriptions)

One of my simplest and favorite styles, the Flash Drips:

Flash Drip earrings with pewter glass

Flash Drips with Aurora Borealis glass

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My new “Grace” style in silver:

Grace with glass Swarovski pearls

I am currently working on a very tedious off white version of Grace that will be a bracelet that is delicate and feminine.

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  A new Halo bracelet with heavier cord, large glass pearls and a Sterling toggle clasp. I’m thinking bridal jewelry, simple yet elegant.

Halo for brides

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Vivien Butterfly in gold with gold stickpin

3-D Vivien

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Wisp earrings in mint green with matching glass pearls and silver-lined rocailles:

Soon I will add photos of 9 pointed medallions I have been designing for a fellow fiber artist in Oregon. I am also working on a new Phoenix design for a customer that should be finished and photoed at the beginning of the week. It is a simpler version to fit her budget  better as this fully beaded design is very labor intensive. I try to be accommodating when it is possible in my jewelry designs.

I am working on tatted roses, which I will return to after I post this. And I am very close to finishing a nice, comfy, heavy poncho for winter. And no, it is not tatted! That would be insanity. It is crocheted, which can be a refreshing change for me from time to time. It’s sooooo much faster.

Don’t forget to get your Free Dainty Flake Snowflake this month! Make any purchase from my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter and start trimming your tree early with a wee snowflake from me! Just leave me a message during checkout that you would like your Flake and I will include it in your order!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Jennifer

Tat Fact #3 The time it takes to Shuttle-Tat.

Tatting can take 3-5+ times the amount of time it takes to crochet something similar in size and design.

Tatting is a knotted lace, whereas crochet and knitting create looped lace. It still shocks me and is a little fun when I pick up my crochet hook and crochet something at the speed of light! But even though shuttle-tatting was difficult to learn and is a slow technique, I truly enjoy the finished look and admire the durability and the firmness of the lace. Read the rest of this entry »

Tat Fact #2 Shuttle Tatting History

The History-tell your man…
One theory is that modern tatted lace originated in the early 19th century from fisherman. The fisherman used the hitch knot (cow-hitch and half-hitch) to make their fishing nets and create decorative netting with intricate designs for the ship. Then they began to make small gifts using the same technique to give to their wives and girlfriends (you know how clever a man in love can be). The women started to embellish their linens and clothing with their own shuttle-tatted lace edgings, collars and cuffs using a finer cord. So shuttle-tatting comes from love. 🙂

Wikipedia’s information

Tat Fact #1 Tatting technique

The Shuttle Tatting technique is actually closest to micro macrame.

Tatting is a knotted lace technique. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of tiny double knots called Hitch, Cow Hitch, Double Hitch or Lark’s Head, are tied to form rings, chains and picots.

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