Three new bracelets have been listed in my Snappy Tatter-land shop. You can find the full listings for the two Daisy Chain styles and the brand new design, PIXIE Band in the Tatted Bracelets and Cuffs section under Snappy Tatter products for sale at the top of your screen. More to come!
It’s happening! My shop is filling up with all kinds of goodies so far. My entire collection of J Kohr Couture jewelry, earrings and two new jewelry sets can be found here now. This shop will fill with items that are ready to ship and easy to purchase. Just put it in your cart and hit the pay button and it will be on it’s way.
I have been with the Etsy platform for over 10 years now and there were times when working with them was so easy and fair in the beginning. It was a ready made platform that was simple to understand for someone like me that is NOT a computer nut. I happily hummed along in my little shop learning the ins and outs of what makes an Etsy shop successful. Then Etsy began to change some of the game including their fees and how and who is advertised where. With hundreds of thousands of sellers at their disposal they can make changes that make it hard for established sellers like me to decide to move or to just adjust. I know it has caused some to move on and find other online venues. I have stuck with them but after realizing that Etsy is advertising other tatter’s and other seller’s work in my shop pages…I am going to limit my use and hopefully completely expand to being here over time.
You can purchase from Snappy Tatter-land easily. Notice the restructuring of the menu at the top. Directly under the banner is a menu for items that are already made and ready to ship. You will also see that the pricing is a little different. That is because I do not get nickel-and-dimed with fees here on my own website so pricing can be a little lower. YAY!!!! There is little I like about having to raise my prices to meet excessive fees. Shipping will also be a flat rate of $4.50 for the US no matter how many items you buy and a flat $12.50 everywhere else. I will probably re-evaluate that later to make sure I can afford to give such reasonable shipping charges like any shop owner would but for now…simple is what I am striving for.
This is all a very exciting part of my journey as an artist. All kinds of thoughts are swirling around of what I want to offer and how. Now I feel like I am my own shop-owner and not a member of someone else’s giant international bazaar. And things are working in my favor. I truly believe that when things are meant to go the way you are headed, there is an ease about it. Problem solving has few blockades and things just…work. So far, setting up listings and advertising, social media and a handful of behind the scenes things has happened with exactly the ease I speak of. I am grateful for that and hope it continues to be simple.
Here you will find ready made jewelry, snow and snow covered satin ornaments, small works of fiber art, including the boxes and framed works, stationery that has been hand drawn and embellished with tatting and more. I believe I can also offer digital works for sale so my printable Mandalas may move here as well. My paintings and drawings will remain with www.jennifer-kohr.pixels.com. unless I decide to start offering prints here. That’s down the road. See? The wheels are turning like it has a hamster in it that drank a pot of coffee.
Ultimately the plan is simple…(muttering…simple, she says)…but this is my idea for the time being. Here in Snappy Tatter-land you will be able to purchase ready made items that will ship within a couple of business days. Those items are also remaining in my Etsy shop (at a slightly higher price) until I feel comfortable emptying the shop EXCEPT for Made to Order items (MTO’s). Those items will remain in Etsy because of the ease of choosing the variations you want for custom work. You don’t even have to talk to me…you can just make selections there and I will fulfill your request and ship it so it is very easy to use. Here I do not quite have that same option. As I create new creations they will come here only but I will remain with Etsy and I will continue to advertise there (and get lost in a sea of other advertisers). I will let you know if there are changes in this idea.
So, for now, shop for J Kohr Couture, earrings and jewelry sets by clicking the menu at the top under my banner. Please let me know in the comments if you are interested in custom work or bridal work. You can also always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the works right now…more Rose jewelry, more tatterpillars and up next Bracelets and Cuffs will be added to the sales menus.
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.
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!
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: