Sunday, July 6, 2008
Freeform class and Belle Armoire
What fun teaching a freeform class at The Shepherdess in San Diego. The students were delightful and we covered a lot of techniques and creative approaches to freeform knitting and crochet. Of course, I found all kinds of glorious hand-dyed and handspun yarns and fibers. Don't even talk about the beads! I might as well just admit that I would work for fiber, yarn and beads. There was quite a bit that just HAD to come home with me. The colors were just glorious! Additionally, the weather was in the 70s and with the lovely sea breeze, it was quite a relief from the 100+ degrees in Hemet.
Over the past few days, I have been getting messages from people congratulating me on my article in Belle Armoire July/August issue saying that I had made the cover! Imagine my surprise when I finally saw the magazine. I do have an article in the issue on some of my knitted and crocheted flowers. However, when I saw the cover, I was surprised. It was a design which I had created in January 2005 and have been teaching over the years. In looking at all the photos of the garment it became even more clear that this was my design. The person who was credited with designing it was not me but I had taught at her shop and she had access to my patterns and samples during that time. I have posted some photos of an old class sample from 2005 that has been packed away in my workroom. Compare them and make up your own mind. I apologize for the quality of these photos as I couldn't quite get the colors right. The colorway is actually very subtle.
Belle Armoire has submission guidelines which are very clear and this person obviously felt they did not apply to her. It is sad as all the person had to do was say "...inspired by..." or words to that effect and it would have been a different story. I have substantial written, photographic and other documentation to support my copyright to this design. In addition, I have many students who have taken this class from me in many shops (including hers) and still have their written instructions for this pattern as well as the shrugs they created from it. One way to look at all this is that my work is good enough that people seem to want it no matter what they have to do to get it. However, the people who matter to me know the truth.
It is really coincidental that I have been transferring a lot of my old patterns to PDF formatting lately and this pattern happened to be one of them. The ORIGINAL pattern is available for sale at www.janicerosema.etsy.com and also on Ravelry for $5.