Sunday, March 21
Oriental Garden and a sad bunny
I just finished this embroidery for the Hoop up! Stitch and send swap. I'm quite content with most of my stitches on this one. The blue, green and brown colour were sent along with the fabric for this swap and I really like how subtle and pretty these colours are in combination with my beloved DMC colour variation 4160 and the white on the rabbit.
But why you may wonder does the title of this post refer to a 'sad bunny'? Well the slightly saddened bunny is me. Yesterday I found a photo of an embroidery on Flickr in another swap photo pool which was based on one of my patterns. The crafter involved admitted to copying from the photo I posted of my pattern on Flickr and the text beneath her version read that she 'couldn't buy the pattern'. Surely that doesn't make it ok to copy a pattern? I'm not worried about not earning a couple of dollars here but I am worried by the fact that this gives such a wrong signal to other crafters. Or am I alone in thinking this? I'm happy to share some of my patterns and therefore regularly post freebies and actually the embroidery pictured above is inspired on a vintage pattern posted in the Hoop Love group on Flickr. Make use of what is shared, not what is not made public Sorry about the moaning bit here but I felt I needed to say this as for the moment this has seriously put me off creating new things now.