Thursday, February 4, 2021

Copyright issues

I have been noticing that more and more cross stitchers have been finding patterns that are either free or are being sold by someone that isn’t licensed to do so.  It is amazing how many people think that just because a pattern is available that is it ok to purchase it because the person selling it or giving it away has the permission of the designer.

Not very long ago I purchased a pattern from a small shop and as a thank you for buying this one pattern they provided me with a link to a bunch of other patterns.  I of course decided to look to see what patterns they were giving as a bonus and boy did I get a surprise.  What I had links to a bunch of patterns that this individual didn’t have approval to give away.  When I saw some of the patterns that I knew were by well-known designers I decided to contact the designers to see if they had given this shop permission to give away patterns that had to be purchased everywhere else.  I let three designers know about this and two of them got back to me quite quickly to let me know that they hadn’t given this shop any permission to give away patterns for free.  Both of these designers thanked me for letting them know about this shop and went after the shop for breaking copyright.  In one case this little shop had changed the name of the design, so it was harder for it to be found in a search.

If you are concerned that a shop is selling something that they shouldn't be selling it is worth contacting the original designer to see if they have the permission.  If the item is Disney (Mickey Mouse, Star Wars, avengers, etc) these are license through Disney and those cross-stitch patterns are only sold under the Disney name, and they are very rare.

Here are so things that I can warn you about:

            Pinterest – if you find patterns on Pinterest they are probably not legal copies of the pattern as it seems like a lot of those patterns are just copies of patterns that someone as purchased and then shared with others.

            Amazon – this can be a challenge as if the pattern is kitted and from a Chinese company there might be a chance that the pattern is an illegal copy of a pattern.  If you find something on one of those stores see if you can find that pattern somewhere else.  I use TinEye to look for the picture as that is how you might be able to find the pattern somewhere else as trying to look for the pattern with the name from that shop might be a challenge.

            Ali-Express – I haven’t found very many patterns or kits on this site that are actually true copies of the patterns.

            ETSY – some stores are selling the legal physical copies of the patterns but if you start to find a pdf of a pattern from Lavender and Lace or Mirabilia, I will let you know that neither of these designers sell pdf versions of their patterns.



The biggest piece of advice that I can give everyone is to check around when you find a pattern especially if the price seems too good to be true.  If you know the designer don’t be afraid to ask if they are selling pdf patterns now or if you find a pattern for free from them ask if they gave permission to that site.

You will be very surprised how friendly designers are and how happy they are when you can show them where their designers are being given away.  Copyright issues are something that a lot of the cross-stitch designers deal with and it isn’t going to go away but at least we can be careful when we purchase our patterns.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Socail Media and a frustration

 I belong to a number of groups on Facebook and I have noticed something that bothers me, and it is how people start off their comments or questions.

Some of the groups that I belong to are for cross stitch and crocheting as I enjoy both of these crafts and I have seen something that bothers me.  

Cross stitch group – Ladies can you give me some advice

            Why do you need to put “ladies” in the statement, why can’t it be “I need some advice.”

            What is funny about this group is that this group is run by a couple and this has happened in other cross stitch groups.  If you need to ask a question just ask it and don’t add the ladies or girls or anything like that.  I have seen this same type of comment in most of the cross stitch groups, and it is sometimes funny when one of the men ask if they are allowed to answer the question.

Crochet group – Girls I need your help

            Girls were not necessary as in this group there are quite a few men, and it is actually run by two men so why do you have to add the word “Girls” to the start of the statement. 


This is something that I have noticed quite often, and it is amazing how some people figure that crafting is only for women.  I know that I watch some FlossTube on YouTube and I have subscribed to 5 male stitches as I enjoy what they work on.  I know that even when I was growing up one of my uncles did needlepoint, and he was very good at it. 

When you are going to ask a question in a group or even leave a comment remember that unless you know everyone that is in the group you should be ensuring it is a gender-neutral comment/question. I know that I have got upset when I have seen this type of opening and would like to correct the person because I think it could really hurt some people especially if they are having a rotten day and this just puts them down.

So when you are on social media member that we don’t always need to start with Ladies, Girls, etc.  It is ok to just ask for the advice or leave that comment.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Hiding from the world

 This is a phrase that you will hear from a lot of people right now.  I just want to hide from the world and forget about what is going on.  This is so much easier said than done.  To hide from the world you would have to basically turn off all the contact with the outside world for a while.  Yes, that means no radio, Twitter, Facebook, news, etc. and that would be a challenge nowadays.  Even the simple task of going to the store to pick up something means that you aren’t hiding from the world.

I know that when I say that I want to hide from the world I am saying that I just need a bit of a break from being overloaded with everything that is happening outside my area.  I have been able to do that sometimes simply by putting on an audiobook and not looking at social media for a while.  It doesn’t take long before you start to feel better as that bit of a break is what we all need.  Yes, we take that break and hide from the world when we are sleeping but there are days when just tuning out for a bit helps so much.  It is a means of refocusing and being able to get things done that you would like to do.

When I hide from the world I am also trying to do something to relax.  Yes, you can hide from the world while working but being able to sit and forget about everything other than the project that you are doing does feel good. I normally have some projects that are simple to do for these times when I just want to do nothing, but I also want to see something accomplished.

Yes we all hide from the world a little and some more than others.  Being able to sit and do something without knowing what is going on in the world even for a couple of hours is a nice break.  We all need some recharge time no matter who we are and taking a break from what is happening around you can really help.  I know that for me, I try and spend a bit of time at the end of the day avoiding social media as it means that when I finally go to bed I am not thinking about everything that is going on in the world.

Remember hiding from the world for bits of time isn’t bad and no one should tell you that you can’t do this.  I am now going to go and hide from the world for a couple of hours and listen to my audiobook.