Today I start a series on why I love my mailman so much. He brings me presents! Over the last two weeks or so I have received some lovely things in the mail, which I will share with you over the next few blog posts. I'll also share some of my favorite tatting vendors with you - some you are probably already familiar with, but perhaps some new? And hopefully there are beginner tatters reading this blog who will be introduced to some great resources for all things tatting.
First up is a new vendor to me, Krystledawne. She and her alter ego, Dr. Vonthreadmore (you can read all about the two of them on her blog), create some lovely hand-dyed threads. As you may know, I am a hand-dyed thread addict. I have more hand-dyed thread than one person should really be allowed, but when I saw her "Vineyard at Dusk" - well, I just had to have some. It is a wonderful combination of earthy tones and a lovely vibrant purple.
I went looking for a pattern that would look like clusters of grapes to use with the thread and came across this pattern online, designed by Sparrow Kelley, called "Midnight Violets". I thought it was a perfect fit for this thread, and the bracelet below is the result of the two in combination.
I made earrings to match, based on my long elegant earring pattern but adapted slightly to better match "Midnight Violets."