Nota Bene, but the company was originally called Dragonfly Software. They are no longer called Dragonfly, and in fact there's another software company that has taken the name, but they still use dragonflies in their promotional material. The reason why is simply that the founder, my dad's friend, likes dragonflies. He spent much of his childhood in Indonesia, where there are apparently some really spectacular ones.
My dad has always used Nota Bene in his work, and he recently asked if I could tat a dragonfly for his friend as a token of appreciation. At first he wanted a "large one that could be framed" (he said, holding his hands about a foot apart). I had to say no to that at this time, given that (a) I'm not aware of any pattern for a dragonfly that large, so I would have to design it myself; (b) even with a pre-existing pattern, a dragonfly that size would take some time to tat; and (c) I've got kind of a lot on my plate right now with my cousin's wedding present. So he agreed to a small one that could be turned into a lapel pin. That was quite easy to manage, using Jon Yusoff's pattern; all I had to do was pick the colors.
A Google image search for "Indonesian dragonfly" showed me that dragonflies of all colors exist in Indonesia; however, the color I saw most was red, specifically the Red Grasshawk. So it was off to LadyShuttleMaker's Etsy shop for some "Diablo" HDT. I'd been wanting it anyway, so here was the perfect excuse.
I love this pattern so much, and it's so quick and easy, I just had to make a few more. On the same site that showed me the best Red Grasshawk photos, I saw this beauty (not Indonesian). Of course, my first reaction was, "Hey, I have that thread!"
Tatskool's "Berry Burst" (not to be confused with the Lizbeth colorway of the same name) was born. If I were more patient, I would redo it and try to make the colors more symmetrical, but it's still pretty.
I had lots of threads and beads crying out to be used for dragonflies, so they all had to have their turn.
LadyShuttleMaker's "Pear Glace"...