This week I observed a FACEBOOK entry on a Designers page that left me feeling anything but happy-however there is a Happy Ending.
A participant posted an image of a well known summer quilt and wanted to know who designed it. After close to 100 replies, one of the ladies said she would order it and asked who would want a copy? This is where I became seriously disgruntled. There were at least 40 others who requested a FREE copy. Only a couple stood up and noted copyright law. ( applause to them) What was also troubling to me , this was posted on a Designer's facebook page and I never saw her comment on this illegal act. She is a Designer after all.
Which brings me to this week's challenge -designing a pattern for a Telephone. I have spent over
40+ hours on it. I have sewed and re-designed it 6 times. I have yet to write out the pattern. ( that will take at least 8 -10 hours) I wanted to simplify it so YOU ( if interested) would able to make it as well without any difficulty. My first attempt at this pattern was easy for me, but I knew many would find it difficult if they were not an advanced sewer- which led me to redesigning it till I came up with one that is rather cute, even if I have to say so myself.
Then I thought of this lady who said she would purchase a copy ( of the summer quilt) and give it out to the nearly 40 who requested it for FREE!. I began to wonder if many really understand what any designer does to get out a pattern. The reason why many designers design is that they cannot find a pattern of something they want to make, so they give up their search and design it themselves.
This is exactly why I ended up designing a telephone pattern that will have 2 uses...Will share that soon enough. If I had found a pattern I would of gladly paid the cost of the pattern and I can guarantee I would not have posted it on Facebook to give out for FREE to any who requested a copy.
I began to think of the many designers who have given up blogging and even designing. They would spend hours coming up with a unique design only to have someone either copy them or share many FREE patterns. You cannot blame them for not sharing their time and money designing.
We all lose in this case.
I am writing this as I was Happy that this designer of the summer quilt, did get some orders for her pattern, but can you imagine how HAPPIER she would have been if those who were willing to request the pattern for FREE, actually placed an order too.
We designers design patterns because we love designing for a small FEE.
We design because we feel we have something unique to offer.
We design because we see this as a way to make $ for our family.
We design so we can purchase more STASH.
We design and share as we have the talent to do so. ( I personally would prefer to purchase patterns,
then design, so much time lost in re-designing and making till it's perfect)
Please support our Designers... think about how much time they spend in designing something for YOU. I am happy to say this lady who ended up with money $$$ ended up placing an order for more FABRIC to design more patterns.