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!
There are just a few things available but I have gotten the hang of how to add items to my website for sale so soon you won’t have to run around the web to buy my work! The top menu to the left shows what is available. All work is currently available and it will ship USPS first class unless you need it faster, in which case, please email me, so I can accommodate you. All Snappy Tatter work is also guaranteed so if something goes wrong, please let me know. I will write out what my guarantee covers soon. The piece above, named Valor, is available under the Tatted motif menu! This is so exciting!!!!!!
I have not entered an art show of any kind for years. This is our 3rd summer here in Arco and I decided to spread my wings a little and enter 3 of my embroidered paintings into the modest art show. And I WON! Yay!!!! All 3 of my works earned first place in their categories with two of them also winning the Judge’s Choice award. This is so exciting for me!
There will be more embroidered paintings and tatted sculptures coming in the future. I have been working more and am excited to share with you what has been happening around here.
The Dreamer embroidery framing is finally finished. Goodness gracious that was a process. I tried a couple different frames, different styles of matting, glass and acrylic glazing…I finally came up with this simple silver frame that has enough depth it could be used in a shadowbox manner. I found fantastic 8-ply heavyweight archival matting that is perfect. So no matter how hard I try…I cannot seem to get my Dreamer fiber painting to have a crisp photo for Etsy. The detail photos are all crisp, the color perfect, and I am happy with them but the framed one will not translate to a crisp photo. The actual photo in my computer is perfect and needed little editing. So I am posting the photo here for a reference for potential patrons. Click on the photo to be taken to the actual Snappy Tatter listing. Enjoy!
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!
All of you know it takes a lot to draw me away from what makes me…me. A life of lace-making, designing, drawing and exploring the natural world. I found out what it takes to do that last year. I have always shared small details of my personal life so you can get to know me beyond being an artist. It almost feels like an obligation, albeit minor, to explain where I went, why I haven’t been here and why I am back. I think mostly because from here on I want to share my new life with you and my new life is very different now. Without a simple explanation it may actually seem like I was abducted by aliens and plopped back down on the planet a year later in a different life altogether. That is not a distant analogy.
Here is the short and simple answer for my absence…I was divorced at the beginning of the year. At the end of the year, I moved my fur babies and Snappy Tatter 2300 miles away to a cabin on a mountaintop in Washington to live with my sweetheart. So life seemed to be stagnant, move forward extremely fast, screeched to a halt, take an about-face and fly the other direction until it just started to cruise along comfortably again. And here I am.
I have still worked, I have still drawn and done some minor things to keep busy. I have taken lots of photographs to fill my beloved “inspiration” folder on my computer. I have kept my eyes open and my mind ready. But in order to keep my internal scales balanced I had to move some things around. Snappy Tatter as a business stopped in time. I had to be okay with that. My business is not what makes me thrive…my art makes me thrive. And that stays with me in the workings of my mind even when it is not being expressed.
Snappy Tatter is back. I am back. As all the repercussions of my relatively simple divorce fell into place I realized for the first time in my years…I can go ANYWHERE.
There is a meme online that says something like…she thought she could, so she did. That was my life last year. The man I fell in love with was miles from me in an opposite kind of life that I was in. I was in the greater Pittsburgh area…very metropolitan, full of culture and easy access to everything you can think of from every ethnic restaurant to healthcare. He was on a small mountain on the border of Canada in northeast Washington living a simplified, rustic life that required hard work and was about a half hour from the smallest of towns. Our connection was, you guessed it, the internet, the phone, Skype, texting.
When we couldn’t bear to be apart any longer, he came to be with me in PA while I searched for a new home in the countryside. I kept coming up empty with options as time was ticking away inside a house I had up for sale. SHE THOUGHT SHE COULD, SO SHE DID. I moved. Away from the state I grew up in to here…a place I could only dream of being.
My Life 2.0
Snappy Tatter is open again. I have a small area to work in with my drafting table and desk. I am still sorting through alllllll of my threads, findings, beads, paperwork, boxes, photos, pencils, tablets…it goes on and on. Much of my “things” are stored in a room above the porch that is uninsulated so we have enough room in this A-frame cabin with our two cats, dog, and the guinea pig. Yes, I have a dog now. My life is unbelievable now. So incredibly different. I am different. I wanted you to know…I had to unravel everything a bit to knit my life back stronger and better for me.
So there will be new work galleries coming soon of what I have done over last year for a handful of faithful customers (thank you for your patience, Heidi). There will be photos of my new work space, maybe a few of the lazy furbabies, this wee cabin, a couple of my Love including a drawing of his handsome face, and many of the vast acres upon acres of God’s land I am now blessed to live in. Life has changed…so will Snappy Tatter. That is truly what it means to be an artist…as life changes…so does the work. And how you feel about it. Welcome everyone, into my new life.
Live, Love, Tat!
The picture above…that is part of the drive that gets us to our home. It was taken when I got here in the fall last year. We have about a mile of undocumented drive we have to travel to get in here.
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!
~Petite Summer Gala~
~Hot Pink Frilly Fleur~
~Diana Butterfly Stickpin~
available in 35 different colors and several styles of beading…
As winter comes to a close, I start to think about spring blooms and blossoms. I look for the Daffodil shoots, Forsythia buds and tiny crocuses that are always the first to bloom. But I still am making snow for customers all year long. I just enjoy it more when it is 70 and sunny out. Ha ha. Here are some of the satin ornaments that are for sale and ready to ship in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter:
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.
~Garden Watch VI~
~Garden Watch VII~
Find more photos and full description here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/198283484
~Garden Watch VIII~
Find more photos and full description here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/205830506
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.