Have you heard about Craftsy?
It's basically a show-n-tell site for designers who create patterns and create from patterns.
I was invited to drop a few of my creations onto the site by one of the site admins and I've made some new bead buddies and loyal customers through the experience.
I highly recommend checking it out if you're looking for great patterns for a handmade Christmas (oh, and they don't just do jewelry...).
Well, recently on the Craftsy blog, Stefanie addressed the issue of free patterns and why not all patterns can be free. I really think she hit the nail on the head when she mentioned all the different reasons why designers can't just keep cranking out free patterns.
(Definitely a must-read)
(Definitely a must-read)
I remember having the same discussion about a year ago when I found out someone was e-mailing one of my projects out willy-nilly to whomever wanted it.
Their argument was that art should be common knowledge and that you should be willing to share what you know with everyone and not expect compensation.
This kind of thinking is totally foreign to me, I was taught that nothing came from nothing and that hard work and good work had its rewards.
It really is a disservice to a designer who works so hard to create what he or she creates.
When I create a pattern I take the following things into account:
- the cost of the materials (sometimes for two or three versions of the designs)
- the hours I spend making two or three prototypes (yes, designing is trial and error)
-the time it takes to photograph and edit photographs
-the cost of listing each design on Etsy (and the small chunk Etsy takes out for the sale)
These are just a few of the considerations, not to mention sending out patterns and addressing questions from my customers.
I've never really taken the time to sit down and explain why my tutorials are priced what they are and I've often thought myself, why would someone purchase a tutorial from me if they can buy a magazine from interweave for $6 and get a whole gaggle of tutorials?
In the end, I think it comes down to a few things, my customers like my style and want to wear my creations, they like the idea of having the designer "on call" if there are any problems, and they trust that my designs are well-written and illustrated and easy to follow and reliable and that when they're finished they'll have a piece that looks just like mine (albeit with a few color variations).
So, thank you to those of you who have purchased my designs to make and create and who have been kind enough to honor me and the time and effort that goes into each design.In return, I'd like to give you something.
I've thought long and hard about this and I'm making some changes to the permissions for my patterns.
I still request that you don't make versions of my designs to sell online.
I only ask that you label your pieces:
Created by: (your name)Designed by: Marcie Abney
And one more thing, I encourage you to try to create your own designs. Pick a stitch that you love and play around with it to see what you come up with (and be sure to label those pieces Created and Designed by: Me!)
Enjoy your Christmas designing and be sure to check out Craftsy in the meantime for some great gift projects.
Thanks again for your support!
Enjoy your weekend!