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 have finally been getting back into the groove of things around here. After Jay’s hospitalization, we were both finding we felt weak and tired. It was just a common reaction after such a long, stressful event. My husband is still struggling with his energy but we are both concerned that we will not be able to do the things we want to this summer, like hiking, if we don’t get used to moving our bodies more. So we are trying to take some walks and strengthen our muscles.
I have been working through the days adding new products to this shop and creating announcements that Snappy Tatter is moving to a second shopping website. My Etsy shop WILL remain open and all listings will be Made to Order (MTO). It is so much easier to choose variations for custom MTO work on Etsy that I am leaving those listings up and will be adding more. If an item is already made and ready to ship, you will find it here at http://www.snappytatter.com. If you order from Etsy, I will promptly create your order and ship it.
I have been with Etsy for 10 years now. I have seen so many changes and I have built up a nice customer base. I don’t want to lose that. The Etsy platform is easy to work with as well. I hope to expand my patrons and audience with this shop and my PIXEL.com shop where I sell paintings and drawings. I will talk about PIXELS later.
I want everyone to know that you can find all items a little less expensive here. Etsy has raised certain fees and changed their marketing structure (making it more expensive) forcing me to change my pricing on Etsy ONLY. There is free shipping if you order over $35 worth of items on Etsy though. Here the prices will be lower because of fewer fees and shipping is a flat rate of $4.50 for anywhere in the US.
These are changes that are happening but not completed. Now that I am feeling more rested and more pulled together, I am checking off my long list of things I have wanted to do for my work.
Head’s up my peeps! I am offering my Couture items here at a lower price. I am able to do this with less overhead here. What is Couture, you may ask. It’s J Kohr Couture and to me it means a lot of things but mostly, it is my finest work. It is one-of-a kind. It takes hours and often days to handmake and will never be duplicated. It is so unique it cannot be duplicated, as a matter of fact. I am extremely proud of the Couture I have made over the years and ultimately I want it sold here. Here I can talk about it, show progress photos and offer it at a lower price than the ever increasing outside venues. You can find what I am offering at the top of the page to the left or right depending on what device you are using. I can update as more things are added. For now, you can visit Bubbles the fish…
I upgraded my website awhile ago so that my customers and readers would be able to purchase my work directly from me through PayPal. I am not a techy person and often struggle for hours to figure out how to do something simple…or supposedly simple. I am just an artist, after all. Lol. I read and re-read the tutorials for how to set up payment on this website and over and over it was a difficult task. Why weren’t the options showing up that they were promising were there??? Luckily, I am rather mellow this evening and felt like taking on the task. I finally figured it out and will be adding “buy” buttons to eligible items in the galleries. I also will add “buy” buttons when new items are showcased. If you have any questions, I MAY have an answer. For now I have a few kinks to work out and then I will begin with my Couture collection, adding the latest works and “buy” buttons so you no longer have to run around the internet to find my shop to purchase things.
In the meantime…pop on over to the Watch Gallery. The watch shown above is for sale and now you can buy it straight from me with ALWAYS FREE SHIPPING!!! Who doesn’t love that!
There is FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on all items that are already made and ready to ship from now until 5/28! Come snag those earrings, that special piece of fiber art or J Kohr Couture without paying a shipping fee if you live in the US. Message me if you are outside the states and I can offer reduced shipping to you, as well! The Shipping is already adjusted on items that are ready to go! With 78 items that have Free shipping, you are sure to find something to love! Here are just a few…
Come stop by between bar-b-ques and camping…I will be here all ready to pack and ship in Snappy Tatter-land!
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!
New and only made this one time! Small heavily beaded snowflakes suspended invisibly inside crystal clear ornaments for your tree! This labor of love was delightful and not without it’s trials as I worked to get exactly what I wanted.
Then I beaded it something like this: I added beads as I tatted and hand-sewed them in after the flake was finished as well. Below is one of my Cocktail Rings that has been sold and a good example of the amount of beading involved in each snowflake.
I used Czech seed beads in Silver-lined clear and gold, and clear with Aurora Borealis coating that gives a multi-color shimmer, Mill Hill seeds that were opaque white, pale transparent green and translucent periwinkle blue. I also used fringe beads that are tear drop shaped. I hand-sewed these beads into the lace on both sides so there is little difference as it rotates inside the ornament. For center beads I used Swarovski crystal pearls, crystal clear and wonderfully faceted Celestial Crystals with and without Aurora Borealis coating and faceted and smooth Rondelles in green, blue, gold and clear.
The result is shimmery, sparkling, brilliant snowflakes inside seamless glass balls! The actual glass ornaments are well made and do not have a fragile feel about them, at all. I had to “man handle” them quite a bit to get the flakes inside. Lol.
Have cats? Have wee kids? I have ornaments much more delicate than this and I hang them high (of course) but also hang them from the ends of curtain rods and seldom used fan pulls or light shades. Just a few ideas. These are being sold as a set so they will come safely in the packaging of the glass balls. If I ever find another set of glass that is so seamless (and affordable), I may make another set but until then, these will be one-of-a-kind. Let me know if you have questions or would like more photos!
Spring has sprung in Snappy Tatter-land. After an exceptionally cold winter here in western Pennsylvania by blooming Daffodils and crocuses are a welcome sight. There have been many changes in the Kohr household over the past few months which have pulled me away from Snappy Tatter-land more than I want. Today I thought I would showcase a few of the Etsy shop listings that are spring themed in honor of the beautiful bright blue day outside. Enjoy!
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.