I do not know what has been in the air for my husband and I lately. From a beloved family member passing to a sick cat, then sick dog, then our major source of heat failing with high Idaho desert winter bearing down on us…car issues, traveling issues…what on earth is going on? Is something in retrograde? Aside from all of this stress I have been drawing and tatting. I have more work finished that will go into the galleries for sale here on this website, to be found nowhere else! I also have been steadily tatting orders for Christmas. I will be adding the new work to the left gallery for sale tomorrow. Tonight, I will relax, but here are some photos of what my next talk will be about!
I happy to introduce one of my latest fiber art designs, Dreamer. The original thought in my mind was different than the outcome, which frequently happens in my work as it evolves. The conception changes as I work with the colors and texture. I change my decisions as to where it is going based on what I am feeling and seeing. My palette of colors was chosen and the linen pressed and stretched to a frame creating a canvas for me to work on. The colors were grouped in families; warm grays, browns, mauve, grapes, reds, oranges, and a family of contrasts in chartreuse. I used what is available here from my huge stock of threads, mostly cotton floss but also pearl cotton, rayon and metallic threads. All the thread was cut into usable lengths and tied to cards for organization. All the skeins of thread were kept in small packages that were secured to a large ring. The organization it takes to start any of my projects usually takes a couple of hours itself.
This embroidery began with a drawing of the face in graphite. The face I drew was shortened as I stitched and the expression slightly altered to convey more contentment and appear more realistic.
I started to take progress photos of the stitching of the “hair” after the face was completed. I worked on this for an hour or two at a time. Every time I stepped away I saw how the colors needed worked and re-worked to create a blended effect. There are approximately 34 colors in this work. I have to use my threads to blend much as a painter blends their paint. Shades, tones and tints. The process was interesting for me. I have never created something like this before. It was neat to continually add more color, more depth to the design. The slide show below shows some of the progression of stitching. The colors are off because I took the photos under various lighting with my camera or phone.
The result of my stitching and stitching was heavy layers of the cotton floss and the design became raised from the linen. Incredible texture was created due to the process I was using to paint the linen; Add a new color, work it into the previous layer, add low lights, work the previous layer into the new one and add highlights, repeat. Hours went by. The images in the slide show below show the depth and texture of Dreamer.
After the hair was completed…or more accurately, I stopped nitpicking and reworking the design, I added the chartreuse to the spaces between the curls making my choice of colors “pop” even more vibrantly. In the final hours of work, I added pearl cotton, rayon and metallic threads for spark throughout the hair. But the icing on the cake was the brilliant Swarovski crystals that were added and the tiny little pop-up PIXIE butterflies that flutter about the curls. The PIXIEs are shuttle tatted with the finest cordonnet and wee silver-lined glass beads are tatted into the wings. The are hand sewn in and stiffened to remain 3-D. I created a swirl of shimmer radiating from the face to the tips of the flaming hair. In the next set of detail pics you can see the raised butterflies, Swarovski crystals and the chartreuse that peeks through the curls.
I framed the work myself. I chose a simple silver metal frame and double mat in white and an ivory that matches the linen.
Dreamer is now available for sale in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. You can find the listing and full description here. I am also joining another venue called fineartamerica to sell prints of this and other embroideries. When I have my account up and running, I will post here so you can stop by and tell me what you think! I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about what a Snappy Tatter does when she is not tatting! Comments are encouraged!
My second fish is swimming into Snappy Tatter-land! In lilac and peach with berry colored seeds and silver lined gold glass for a “pop”…this brilliant little fish turned out perfect! Fishy Fishy has perfect Swarovski crystals embedded in the tail and front fin. The rocailles that make the gold stripe along her back have a square hole making them more sparkly than regular round beads. I have made long Strand earrings that match, too!
Fishy Fishy is listed on Etsy in my JKohr Couture section of my Etsy shop.
More work and news is coming to Snappy Tatter-land soon. I did not get into the magazine that had messaged me. That is fine. Although the Editor loved my work, the publisher was not as interested. The jewelry designers in the magazine are fabulous but the work is more traditional than my handmade lace. Still, it is nice to be noticed and she did ask me to submit pieces in the future if I am interested.
I am getting through the most difficult part of the year with my chronic illness a little easier because of the nerve blocks I get. So that is good news. I hope I can stay on top of Snappy Tatter things better. I just try to take it day by day. God gives me what I need and I try to be as helpful to my fellows as possible! Everything works out better when I live that way!
I have truly enjoyed making watches over the past year and a half. Sweet, functional time pieces of wearable fiber art, all have been decadent tributes to nature with the exception of Watch V, which is my own contemporary cuff. You can find photos all of the watches I have made so far in the gallery to the left. And you can find any that are available for sale in my shop, here. Currently there are 3 for sale, IV, VII and VIII. Each one is so different with a different color scheme and varying textures. Here are photos of the 3 newest ones, the first of which has sold.
I hope to be starting another one soon. They take a considerable amount of time to tat the components and finish into the final design. A base layer of tatting is created often with beading tatted into the band. Vines, flowers, leaves and butterflies are either tatted separately and hand sewn into the band or they are tatted into the band with the watchface attached. Glass beading, crystal pearls and Swarovski elements are then added. The bands are constructed in different manners depending on each design. I use ribbon as a base so the work will not stretch over time. Frequently I brush the Stainless faces so the warm metal below shows through. It tends to make the watchface blend with the tatting better. Small parts of the design are attached to some of the faces by an industrial resin making the design more playful and like a garden. I’ve been trying to stay close to 6″ long and add a 2″ chain for a fit from 6-8″ which should fit most everyone. I hope you have enjoyed my latest watches.
I’ve missed you all! I just haven’t been keeping up with my posting on here. I am always faced with that challenge to keep up with my networking, my sales, my new creations, my stitching and my showcasing work here. And then there’s real life…oh yeah, that. At any rate…I did go on another retreat with my lady friends recently and then was out in the woods for our last camping trip of the season during which I caught a cold. I got laid up by the cold for a week and have spent the last week catching up. So here I am again. Hi!
I have decided to continue to send out an e-newsletter to the peeps that have signed up for it but I will only be briefly discussing any local events I may be going to and then directing my e-newsletter fans to here. The reason is because I have been doing things the other way around and I have more followers on here that I would like to get the same info. Just trying to streamline the work that is repetitive.
I have been working on framing some of my fiber artwork. I frame my own work. I have the knowledge and supplies and retail framing is extremely expensive. Considering I do not have the money and have my own mat cutter and acid-free supplies, I just order the frame parts and put it together here. I am hoping to have pictures of three works that have been finished and are awaiting framing. I am looking into making prints for two of the pieces as well as they will be expensive and will take time to sell. It would be nice for people who do not want to commit to the original to be able to enjoy the print. And printings will help provide income while I wait for the originals to sell.
I updated my shop banner to the autumn theme:
Up next is the second part of “The Story of Snappy Tatter” that I started a few months ago when my business turned 5. Here is the first installment: The Story of Snappy Tatter Part I
Also-galleries of my fiber art are coming and three additions to my Tatted Couture watch gallery.
In the meantime…continue to enjoy Free Shipping in my online shop, Snappy Tatter using coupon code “SNAPPYSHIPPING” at checkout.
I’ve spent the past few days listing several pairs of new earrings of my simplest design; Strand, Drips, Frilly and Flash Drips and Drops. Frequently these earrings are made from the remaining 1/2 yard of cord that is on my shuttles after finishing larger designs. Instead of cutting and throwing away the ends I tat a couple of rings and create small, elegant, earrings that are very popular in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter.
click each photo to be taken to the listing with more photos, a full description and pricing
I hope you enjoyed the gallery. I’ll be back soon with part two of “The story of Snappy Tatter”. I’m off to finish two more cuffs and a new watch.
Hi Peeps! You can find all of the information for the upcoming Arts Festival in the post below. Here is a quick gallery of all of the newest pendants I have made for the festival. They are not available (yet) in my online shop, Snappy Tatter, which is currently on vacation while I get ready. My made to order listings will be available starting tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope to see many of you at the Festival. Enjoy the gallery!
If you would like to know pricing or have any of these pendants made just for you, drop me a line!
The New Castle Riverwalk Arts Festival is coming quick! I spent the last few days finishing 30 pairs of earrings. It’s a very time-consuming and tedious but earrings are a huge seller at local shows so I like to have a large variety there. I don’t have time to chat…now I am on to pendants! Hopefully I will be able to post photos of them soon. Enjoy the gallery!
And a quick FYI…my online shop, Snappy Tatter, is temporarily on vacation till the day before the show when Made to Order (MTO) listings will become available. I just needed more time!
Hello Peeps. I will have to keep my chatting to a minimum because there is so much work waiting for me upstairs. I thought I would drop in and share a few new items that are going to the New Castle Arts on the Riverwalk Festival on July 11th and 12th. Everything that is ready made in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, will be going with me as well. Here is a gallery of new items that are packed and ready to go!
Always a fan fave, this version is made in dark charcoal cordonnet and embellished with turquoise colored glass, Sterling spacers and silver-lined gunmetal Czech pressed glass.
A new dramatic Couture collar that is embellished with Czech glass in shades of blue and black and has a medallion in cobalt blue and black. It is 18″ long and ruffles elegantly around your neck.
Originally made in navy and mocha for my mother, I re-visited the pattern creating all white lace this time. The beading is perfect Swarovski crystal pearls and silver-lined clear Czech glass. Sterling accents and picot edged ribbon add to the elegance of this design.
~Pink Sweetie Mini Box~
I will come up with an adorable name for this small box that is a little less than 2″ across. The components are a Daisy, PIXIE butterfly and an Aspen leaf that are embellished with Mill Hill beads and Swarovski Crystal Pearls in silver and white. The garden is mounted on a softly colored damask upholstery fabric and trimmed with handmade cable with a metallic thread running through it. All of my small boxes are lined with matching felt. Everything but the metal box is handmade in these little fiber art designs.
~The Rosebud Blackwork Box~
A 3″x3″ metal box that is fully lined with deep red felt. The components are a Victorian Red Rosebud with a frilly center that surrounds a large Swarovski Crystal Pearl, evergreen Holly leaves and Blackwork embroidery of original design embellished with more pearls. Mounted on Damask Aida cloth that has a brilliant shine, this contemporary design is completely handmade, as well.
Hope you enjoyed the gallery. I’m off to finish more work which I will post soon.
A couple of weeks ago the Spring 2014 edition of my e-Newsletter came out. I’m sharing the information below. The coupon code at the bottom is for all e-Newsletter subscribers, Blog and Facebook followers. So feel free to use it to purchase items in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. I don’t always share e-Newsletters and the coupon codes here so if you would like to insure that you will get a copy, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org with a note that you would like to join. My e-Newsletter comes out every couple of months or whenever I have something special to say but not more than once a month so you will not be bombarded by Snappy Tatter. 🙂 I promise.
~Snappy Tatter Spring 2014 e-Newsletter~
Greetings everyone! I have been busy over here in Snappy Tatter-land! Time for me to check in and let everyone know what is and will be happening. Between gardening and stitching there has been little time.
First, I will be attending the annual New Castle ArtFest this year. It will be held at the Cascade Riverplex on Friday, July 11th, from 4pm-8pm and Saturday, July 12th, from 11am-8pm. The festival has been renamed the “New Castle Art & Fireworks Festival and is presented by the Hoyt Center for the Arts. Visit this link for all the information on activities for everyone, young and older. http://hoytartcenter.org/artsfestival/ Mark you calendars! Continue reading →