Wednesday, December 30, 2015

OUT with the Old and IN with the New...

~ Welcome Friends ~
Over the last couple of days before we come to a new year, I find myself reflecting on the past year and thinking of ways to improve myself.

I know we all do it...
although I do find myself, as I age, to do this more frequently than just the proverbial 
New Year Resolutions.
I think it is good to re-evaluate throughout the year.
Don't you?
~ to BE the Change you want to SEE in the world ~

With that said...
Today while I was perusing Pinterest to see what kind of crafty, kitchen goodness I could get myself into for the New Year...
I found many followers and friends of mine have pinned cross stitch patterns that are clearly copyright protected. Many of these come from a place that is an infringement website.
I think that this is just an oversight on many of my friends part.
Most of these pins are new designs, readily available by designers still trying to make an honest income through their work.

This is an example of one I found today....most will clearly have copyright information right on the pin.
MOST of these come from an infringing website with the address:

There have been many designers that have quit the business because of the their work being stolen in this way. Why continue if people are going to steal bread from their table? I can understand how upsetting/how disappointing this would be to them.

Please, please...
go through your Pinterest pins. Please delete those that are obvious infringements. Turn in pins to Pinterest officials by reporting the pin.

I don't want to see designers that I love leave this industry.
PLEASE be an advocate!

Until next time...
let's together BE the change we want to SEE...
Hugs in stitches,
Vonna xxxx


  1. I agree that we should be on the lookout for such people that will not think twice before hurting others. I will be one that will encourage others to be an advocate and not let some ruin our love of cross stitch by losing great designers.

  2. Totally agree. Just the other day there was an incident about charting a design from a post of a finished item. No one could identify the design or designer. The stitcher said she completed a few years ago and couldn't remember the details. Two members of a facebook group started a thread planning on enlarging and charting the design. Their excuse was it can't be identified so why can't we? Sorry but that's not a reason. Quite a few of us protested their idea. The finisher deleted the photo from her blog. Hopeful before anyone infringed on the copyright.

  3. Thanks Vonna...I was "guilty" of this without realising it! I think part of the problem is that many of us aren't aware of how Pinterest works, or should work. I really had no idea. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I've deleted all my offending pins and a few I wasn't sure of.

  4. Unfortunately, only the person who's copyright is being infringed upon can file a report to Pinterest. It would be great if Pinterest would not allow anything from, that one seems to be the biggest culprit.

    1. Actually Jessica, if you click on the little flag in the bottom right hand corner of a pin it will take you to a pop up window that says: Report Pin because: and you can click on "pin is against Pinterest policies" as copyright infringement is against their policies.

  5. Thank you for sharing dear xx

  6. Very well stated, Vonna! Enjoy the remaining hours left in 2015. Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy 2016.

  7. yeah I did it a few times myself as I would use google images to find pics (not charts) of the designs I like and would choose the pic to pin based purely on the pic only to notice later it led to a chart sharing website.

  8. I have done so many times click to report those pins, but it seems pinterest doesn't take any action.
    I keep reporting these pins.

  9. I totally, completely agree. This is why I do not go to Pinterest, and have never had a Pinterest account. It just seems wrong, wrong, wrong. And a big time suck. ;)

  10. Very informative post Vonna. I am not much of a "pinner" and as a rule I try not to pin anything unless it's listed as a freebie on the original website (if that makes sense)

    I think if more stitchers actually reported these violations then some small difference can be made

  11. This would be a great New Year's Resolution for all followers of all blogs - honor and respect the designer. If a design is not clearly offered or labeled "freebie", it isn't!

  12. I noticed this a few years ago. I don't pin copies of charts. I only have pins of the pictures.

  13. Preach it, my friend. :)

  14. Many of those sites posting are Russian or Ukrainian...its hard to type in a specific style of pattern (say snowmen) and not have umpteen patterns which are clearly scanned directly out of the magazine (WoXS and the likes). *argh*

    The movement #realstitchersdontsteal touches on the frustration designers have to keep their hard worked material from being distributed like this.

  15. A good reminder. I hope I haven't done any of this. I need to go through my pinterest.

  16. I am so with you on this. My DD and SIL own a little business called Woolpets. She makes beautiful felted creatures. One day a person ordered several of their kits. Guess what, a company in China started copying the kits and because they mass produced them they were cheaper. My poor kids had to pay for a lawyer and get everything copyrighted. I am very sensitive about protecting the rights of the designers!

  17. I have recently started using Pinterest and was so annoyed to see full magazines being scanned and uploaded on this russian sites. I have tried to message one of the magazine board thru Pinterest abt the copyright infringement but no response.
    Can you please tell me what is the best way to report copyright infringement on Pinterest? I love what designers do and would like to support them.
    I'm a no reply blogger so if you reply here I would come back here and read your comment.

  18. I couldn't agree more. I rarely go to Pinterest these times because I am so disgusted at all these copyright infringements. There are countries where a copyright is unknown, it seems. I wish Pinterest would do more against these copyright violators.

  19. Brilliant post Vonna and I wholeheartedly agree! I find Pinterest to be a great place to keep needlework snippets such as tutorials and interesting articles together as well as very useful for keeping track of my ever growing wishlist. I only ever pin from reputable sites for the images (like 123Stitch and Sew and So) which mean any repinners do the same. Personally I find it sad that any charts at all are pinned to Pinterest, even the legitimate freebies, as more often than not it means designers miss out on possible traffic and new fans of their designs to their blog or website - the reason for freebies in the first place (aside from their amazing generosity!).

  20. I do not use Pinterest so have not seen this problem but I am very much aware of copyright.I have quite a few pdf downloads that I purchased from two well known reputable online stores on which designers showcase and sell their work and because I receive them in pdf form after purchase I cannot pass them on because they are specifically mine with my name on them as the purchaser and because that would infringe on the designer's copyright.It is a matter of trust which I uphold.

  21. A very good request to all of diligent. Happy New Year to you and your family....

  22. Thanks Vonna, I have had some of these on Pinterest without realizing it. They have since been deleted and I will be very aware now. I love your attitude regarding the new year and am going to do my best to join you! :))

  23. Thank you for such an important post, Vonna. The stitching world lost an incredibly talented designer a couple of years ago due to repetitive and unrepentant copyright infringement. One day I went to her site and saw it would all come down in a couple of weeks. Patterns would no longer be sold. I was crushed.

    Pinterest is a great thing when used ethically. I keep track of current stash, wanted stash, projects I've stitched by year, teaching ideas, etc. I'm extremely careful to document as well as I can. Unfortunately, my lesson came from a designer's unfortunate demise. Thank you so much, again, for this important post.

  24. Thank you for the reminder. I have been watching what I've been posting in the past year, very aware that it's so easy to steal but then I should also go through my old pins as well. It's so easy to not pay attention to who the original really belongs to.


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