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Shades of Purple - Artisan Handmade - Three for Thursday


Up until the 1850’s, the color purple was most often associated with nobility.  Cyrus, a Persian king, wore a purple tunic, adopting it as his royal uniform. Some Roman emperors even forbade their citizens from wearing purple clothing - under penalty of death. During the Byzantine Empire, rulers wore long purple robes, used purple ink to sign their orders, and their children were described as being “born in the purple.”  Why? The reason was that a pound of purple wool cost more than most people earned in a year! The color purple was produced from a species of rare sea snail, centered in the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre. It took as many as 250,000 of the snails, which produced a purple staining mucus, to yield just one ounce of usable dye. After the fall of the Byzantine empire in the 15th century, the upper class monopoly of purple fabric waned - but it was still expensive.  It wasn’t until the 1850’s with the creation of the first synthetic dyes that the color purple became more widely available.  


I, for one, am glad that the color purple is now easily attainable.  With that in mind, this week’s edition of the Three for Thursday blog is titled “Shades of Purple.”  Three items from three handmade artists are featured. The artists are: Cathy of Crafting Memories; Roxanne of watercolorsNmore; and me, Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.  I hope you enjoy all the different shades of purple found in the beauties shared.



Lavender or Light Purple Women's Hand Knit Slippers / Booties Handmade by Cathy of Crafting Memories




Purple, White and Green Tropical Bird of Paradise Watercolor Print Flower Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore




Purple, Pink and White Enamel Earrings with Purple Swarovski Pearls Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs




Purple, Pink  and White Kitchen Scrubbies Set / Spa Exfoliate Set Handmade by Cathy of Crafting Memories




Purple and Lavender Wisteria Note Cards, Set of 2, Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore




Amethyst Purple Lampwork Earrings and Light Amethyst Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs




Hand Crochet Scarf and Hat in Black and Raspberry Purple Handmade by Cathy of Crafting Memories 




Purple Shadowed "Shadow Dancers II," Original 15" x 22" Watercolor Painting by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore




Carved Rose Mother of Pearl  Necklace with Purple Freshwater Pearls Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs



I hope you enjoyed each and every one of these unique handmade creations!  If you would like to make my day and the day of the talented artists featured, please leave a blog comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



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Thanks Catherine for including my PURPLES in this gorgeous collection.

Off to tweet and pin.

Great picks

So interesting article on "Purple". Thanks for that research.
It took as many as 250,000 of the snails, which produced a purple staining mucus, to yield just one ounce of usable dye.

Beautiful selections

So sad at the number of snails used to produce purple dye. I am happy they don't use them anymore to get all the beautiful purple we have today. Thank you for putting together this blog, Catherine and for including my purple creations. Also, thank you for the history of purple, I didn't know that.



Wonderful collection of

Wonderful collection of purple!

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