Come January I will stop selling downloadable embroidery patterns, for various reasons.
The admin side of selling the downloadable patterns and the income that it currently generates it's not in balance. It was probably off-balance for a long time but I guess I chose to ignore it and hoped things would improve. The new 2015 European Union Tax Rules for selling digital patterns make the admin process even more complicated and definitely 'helped' in making the decision.
Also somewhere down the line my focus seems to have shifted somewhat from 'just' pattern making to developing my embroidery skills and artistic side. And I noticed that when I did make time for those things, good stuff happened, like my current Flower Bear (for want of a better name) project for example. In the next year my aim is to give more room to my embroidered art. I hesitate to use the word 'art' because I don't really feel like an 'artist' (maybe that's something I need to work on) but the combination of skill, creativity and imagination makes me think I can get away with it. ;) I hope people will appreciate the designs, possibly even support me by buying the actual embroideries (or other work) or commissioning pieces.
In the mean time I will be working on a new online class (already made the first sketches!) and I hope many of you will want to join in. I'm positive that there will be more printed patterns too at some point, in addition to the Princess and the Pea iron-on pattern already available. I will also be listing finished pieces (old and new) in the shop.
There's truth in the often pinned quote that you can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. It's a bit scary but exciting too and who knows what is on the other side of the ocean? Even though I do feel a bit sad about saying goodbye to this (important) part of my business I do appreciate the irony of the name of my most recent pattern 'Wave Goodbye'. ;) Anyway if you are interested in buying any of my PDF patterns you can do so until the 30th of December. Find them all in my Follow the White Bunny Shop (which will remain open in the new year!) Also if you have bought downloadable patterns from me in the past years, please make sure you download them before the end of the year!
Many, many thanks to all of you who bought my PDF patterns in the past years. Thousands and thousands of Princesses, Hedgehogs and Foxes found their way to many of you, all over the world. I always liked to think they travelled to you in teacups and hot air balloons instead of electronically. :)