Labor Day Weekend Sale!

Snappy Tatter is having a sale till 9/6/21! FREE SHIPPING on all domestic US orders. Minimum order of 3 items. The discount will be applied at checkout in my Etsy shop!

Thought I would take a moment to showcase my latest J Kohr Couture design, Garden Watch IX. It sold within a day of being listed but there will be more coming soon.

I have made 10 watches so far. This one was a real treat to design. The watch face is extra large at 2″ wide. It is an antique Betsy Johnson watch I found at a garage sale. I love the rose gold flowers on the face and the bright pink embellishments of the second hand and side button. I tried to coordinate my design with these features.

The base tatting is a split ring design attached directly to the face. It is edged on both sides with a variegated cordonnet that transitions from brown to green to blue. The edging also has matte olive colored seed beads. The vine of small leaves that weaves its way along the band and side of the face also has matte seed beads. It is permanently attached to the side of the face as well. The flowers in dark pink, purple and lavender, are embellished with clear and Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystals that are 2mm and 3mm in size. The purple flowers also have pink bugle beads tatted into their design. A final little surprise on this band is the bright red PIXIE Butterfly with a yellow Swarovski Crystal center. She is permanently affixed to the watch face.

All of the tatting is mounted on a light leaf green cotton band and secured with hand sewing and an industrial resin. All flowers are stiffened and waterproofed. Metal jewelry components that match the band and face are added along with an extension chain and lobster clasp for a secure fit. A new battery was added before I packaged it in a white box and shipped the watch. There is access to the back of the watch face to change the battery.

I hope you love it! I will make new Garden Watches soon. They are very labor intensive and the perfect one-of-a-kind accessory. This is something you won’t find anywhere but Snappy Tatter!

Come shop the sale! Buy whatever you like and forget the shipping costs. Sale will end at the end of the day on 9/6.

Live, Love, Tat!

J

A new garden watch!

This past birthday…the big 4-0…I made myself a special Snappy Tatter treat! A Garden Watch. I had been wanting to create a tatted watch band for quite some time but it was part of a long laundry list of creative ideas. I finally decided to tackle this project for two reasons: 1. I wanted a really cool gift for myself and 2. I wanted to know how durable I could make a watch so I could feel confident in its wear-ability and begin to sell them in my online shop. This is the first watch I made: P1130108Here’s a link to the original post explaining my process with more photos of this work: http://snappytatter.com/2013/06/28/the-garden-watch/

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After wearing my watch daily for several months, I was confident that I had constructed a design that passed Snappy Tatter’s strict standards of quality and durability. So I decided to make a new one and I found a gorgeous bronze face to work with.

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For this watch, I began by tatting a double row of larger rings with a light mocha brown cordonnet anchoring the face into the band. I added an edge that criss-crossed over itself in darker mocha brown and fudge. I was lovin’ it already!

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The vine that travels down both sides of the band was in a variegated cord of blues and greens. I chose to use variegated mostly because I could not decide which colors I wanted most. I also added green “iris” Czech pressed glass beading as I tatted. The iris refers to the multicolor metallic effect that is in the beads. They are not solid colors but a rich variation of greens, blues, purples and bronze.

The vining is also attached to the watch face. The small leaves and vine are additionally sewn into the band by hand in a way that allows the leaves to pop up naturally.

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To finish the tatting I added lovely little Teeny Tat flowers in a light golden yellow. Swarovski crystal pearls in copper sit in the center of each flower.

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One small mint green PIXIE butterfly enjoys this garden with a wee silver lined rocaille in its center.

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Finally, the entire band is hand sewn to wide, evergreen-colored, organdy ribbon. As with my first watch, it is secured in a way that still allows access to the back to change the battery. Sterling ends and clasp finish this piece.

Time-consuming? Yes! Well worth the time? YES! There are definitely more Garden watches in my future!!!

You may be wondering why this is not listed in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. That would be because it didn’t make it past the first hour of it’s debut at the most recent holiday show I attended. It caught everyone’s eye. Including my dear friend, Vicki, who couldn’t resist and snapped it up! I even adjust the clasp and length to accommodate her wee wrist.

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

The Garden Watch © 2013 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 work.)