I don’t quite know how to start this post, but I am really upset, confused and looking for answers!
A very kind woman alerted me to the fact that there is a website that is selling designers patterns without their knowledge and yes, she found a few of mine there and wanted me to know! I got this sad news at midnight on Friday night. Well, you can imagine, I was outraged, hurt, and so angry that someone would come to my shop and buy patterns from me with the sole purpose of reselling them on another site!!
As I started looking through the site, I noticed, sadly that I was not the only designer, there are so many others whose patterns are there too. Entire books have been uploaded and shared and sold. I haven’t managed to register on there to complain, for some reason, my security software on my computer won’t allow their registration emails to come through. A few of the other designers and friends of mine have registered and have complained bitterly and all that happens is that their messages are deleted and they are banned from the site.
I work hard on each of my designs, it takes a few weeks to bring each animal through my thought process into the reality of a knitted toy and then finally the written pattern instructions are completed, not to mention all the photography involved and the final finishing etc… My business contributes to the financial support of my family. I know this person feels nothing about any of this and is just making money out of many of us, I also don’t know their circumstances but whatever they are, it doesn’t make this ok. There are plenty of other people on this site selling other patterns that are copy-written too.
I am not going to share the link here as I would like to protect the other designers whose patterns appear there but I needed to put my emotions and thoughts down, so that I can let them go and this was the logical place. I like my blog to be a positive space where I share about our life and this is definitely a part of my life, so I apologise for this less than uplifting post but it had to be said.
I know in my heart that the people who are downloading our patterns there probably wouldn’t buy from our shops anyway and that the customers that I do have are wonderful and they respect my work and are willing to pay for it. Today is Sunday, the anger and upset is passing, I also ultimately believe that good will always triumph and the light will send the darkness back to the shadows.
I am tremendously grateful to you for your support here on my blog and on my shops, thank you.