Happy Birthday to me…a new watch for myself!

Sunday is the beginning of my 41st year on this planet! In keeping with Snappy Tatter tradition I made myself a gift, a new watch in a contemporary style. All of my watches have been a floral garden style so far. You can view all of them in the Garden Watch Gallery. Last year I made myself the very first Garden Watch for my birthday. I still wear it but wanted something for winter that was less floral. After hours of tatting, this is the design that emerged…

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I began with a base of thick black tatting that wrapped around the face on both sides. I always design my watches in a way that the back can be accessed to change the battery. I was able to tat in a way that made the center band flat around the wrist and turn 90 degrees around the face so it surrounds the watch. I even made sure that a tatted ring fit perfectly around the pin that sets the time.

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Next I worked with two shades of a charcoal color and created the wide band of rings that are intertwined in Celtic tatting fashion. The outer chains and rings connect the two inner rounds. The inner round is passed above and below the second round and secured with the last round. Everyone understand that? 🙂 Just trust me when I say it took planning and lots of time to work those rounds.

If you look closely, you might be able to see what I am talking about.

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Another important aspect of this design is the way I tapered at each end. I have tiny wrists so there is only about 2.25″ of tatting on each side of the watch. I did not want the band to be square on the ends. I wanted it to taper so it will lay flat and be a snug fit.

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After hours of tatting and a little Hematite  and silver-lined, Czech glass beading, I felt there was something missing. Of course! I just had to add small, glittery PIXIE butterflies to each side of the face!!! Still in shades of gray, the little buggers blend in until you look closely.

LOVE IT!!!

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The finishing is pretty intense. I recently purchased 20mm grosgrain ribbon in neutral colors with the specific intent of creating more watches. The reason I use the ribbon as a base is because tatting will inherently stretch and the ribbon will not. I want the tatting to stay stable, particularly if someone is going to buy the watch or like me, wear it everyday. The jewelry components are Sterling plated brass, a magnetic clasp and a short black plated aluminum chain for security.

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My finishing process is incredibly thorough. I try to go above and beyond with all of my work so the wear-ability is strengthened and the piece requires little care.  This is another reason for me to make things for myself on occasion. I can wear things day in and day out and then decide how durable it is and what I need to do to keep it looking as “just made” as possible. This watch would have been priced at $145 but it is mine…don’t worry peeps…there will always be more to come in Snappy Tatter-land. I have 10 new watch faces to play with. Rock on!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

The Snappy Tatted Watch © 2014 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 designs.)

Garden Watch IV

My newest edition to my Garden Watch collection is now available in my Etsy Shop! Garden Watch IV is a study in modern colors and muted tones.

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The center of the tatted base is my Halo design in medium charcoal gray. The outer edge is similar to the interior of my Obsession design. Small Hematite rounds are tatted into the edge.

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I chose to tat the vine in silver instead of a shade of green to keep the design muted and modern. I added shades of green Czech glass along the vine with small olive leaves to match. I added more beading than I originally intended but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Once I start working…I just keep going until it feels complete!

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I tacked down the vine and leaves down so there is not as much “pop-up” in this band and it is more stream-lined.

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The Teeny Tat flowers are in a blush color and peach embellished with Hematite rounds. They are soft little additions that are barely noticeable once you spy the single lemon yellow PIXIE butterfly!

The entire band is hand sewn to silver satin ribbon. The way I create my watches makes it possible to access the back to change the battery. The Quartz watch face is simple and contemporary. The Jewelry components are Sterling Silver and Sterling plated.

The entire band plus the clasp measures 6.5″ long and 0.75″ wide. Before it is sold I will adjust the hardware at the ends for a perfect fit from 6.25″-7.5″. The listing has sizing instructions. The first three watches I have made can be viewed in my new “Garden Watch Gallery“.  Garden Watch IV can be found in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. All Garden Watches are part of Snappy Couture, a one-of-a-kind fiber art collection of jewelry.

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 designs.)

The Garden Watch.

Well Happy Birthday to me! This past March 23rd marked the beginning of my 40th year on this earth and I thought I would make myself something special to commemorate the occasion. I have been wanting to work with watches for awhile. There are always so many ideas on my list. So I decided to treat myself to a functional piece of fiber art. I did not take photos as I worked like I do with some of my more expansive projects but I have loads of pics of the finished work. I will instead explain the steps it took to create my new watch while I show the photo galleries.

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This began with a silver grey base of tight, small, tatted rings that were connected across both the width and length. It is a split ring pattern I call Pulse. On both sides of the watch face are additional tatted rings that connect Sterling jumprings to the watch. The grey tatting stops at the face, splits to attach to the face and then continues under the watch to attach at the other side and continue on around the wrist. Sound tricky? Yeah, a wee bit. 🙂

I added a ruffle to the edge using half of my Daisy Chain pattern which is a continuous pattern of flower petals. Dark gold seed beads were tatted into medium charcoal cord. Already I was feeling something glamorous but organic developing. After I was finished with the first side, I decided to hold off on the second side until I worked more. Ultimately, I liked the ruffle around my wrist but did not want to detract from the floral vine too much so I left the other side straight. I am a huge fan of ruffles and lace, go figure.

Next I added the olive green vine. With heavier size 10 cordonnet, I used my vine pattern to create the design. I tatted connections into the gray bracelet pattern through the leaves and the turns of the vine. This watch base was becoming very sturdy and much of the stretch was reducing with added layers making it very important that it was the appropriate length from the beginning.

To further anchor the vine, I whip-stitched a light mocha cord around it and through the original bracelet base. I chose the light mocha to subdue the olive color a little making the work more earthy.

Next the sweet little size 80 Teeny Tat flowers are added. Each is individually hand sewn into the work with a brilliant Swarovski crystal sewn into the center. The colors are some of my most favorite, salmon, brick, peach and very light orange. These little delights cup up around the crystals. Love, love, love it!

Now that most of the fiber artwork is finished (and days have passed), I needed to create a base that was durable, firm, and easily cared for. I needed to finish the watch in a way that it could be worn for a very long time. I want it to wear like steel. I began by attaching the silver Pulse base to the back cover of the watch with permanent resin. I can actually pull the back free with the bracelet attached to change the battery if need be. Small green leaves were permanently secured to the watch face, further securing it. And leaves were added to the sides creating a cup around the entire watch. I was able to remove some of the Sterling jumprings so the remaining rings were more discreet.

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The final finishing was attaching the base ribbon and hardware. I used olive organdy ribbon to show some sparkle through the design. And under the the olive is a more substantial ribbon of shiny silver to make the tatted silver rings “pop”. The ribbons were discreetly stitched to the tatting. Sterling and gunmetal jewelry components completed the watch. I love my watch and I wear it all the time!

There you have it. My favorite new creation, the Garden Watch. It took many days to develop and finish and was well worth the time. I hope you have enjoyed my new work!

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.)