Thank you so much to those who bought a print last week and thank you to those who left supportive comments regarding my first foray into Etsy selling – I really appreciate it. It was lots of fun and really not too terrifying so the plan is to do some more in the not too distant future. I’m thinking prints, goccos, original art and maybe, just maybe, some soft toys.

Speaking of soft toys… I’m tired tonight, the kids have got my virus from last week and I’ve been up most of the night, so I don’t want to write a crappy post about this and I also realise that I am a bit late to the game – but in efforts to raise awareness (especially if you are a designer or Australian), I would like you to click through to Hillary’s post from last week. And there’s an ongoing discussion which is worth reading at Jennifer’s blog. It makes me feel sad.

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20 Responses

  1. Anna @ D16 says:

    Yes, more prints on Etsy, please! :)Moomin love. I spy a Hattifattener!

  2. justine says:

    Love the moomin toys, I’ve never quite grown out of loving those books.

  3. Adorable! Next time I need a gift, I’ll be looking out for you on Etsy. I wish I’d scored one of your prints. Maybe I’ll be lucky with the next batch.

  4. Maddy says:

    So Wee Wonders sell a pattern book called ‘Spaceboy and Robot’ and now Alimrose Designs are selling softies with a remarkable resemblance to Hilary’s pattern! Did I get that right?There is such a fine line between being inspired by something you see on the net and then re-create it for yourself, to steeling someone elses design work and selling it on as your own. It’s wrong, just wrong.

    I find blogs, flickr and many web sites very inspiring. I’ve made so many felt, crochet and paper crafts from these sites. I guess it all comes down to being honest and having integrity and not claiming them as your own inspiration.

  5. Carrie says:

    The Hillary situation is indeed very sad,and worth repeating often so that all are aware.I hope your children recover quickly. On a happier note,your softy is adorable and I can’t wait to see your next shop update!

  6. Krista says:

    It is sad. Hmmm, the link doesn’t seem to work for me to Jenn’s. Love your Moomin toys, I see the Hemulen… my fav! Sweet!!

  7. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the info!!

  8. I didn’t nab one of your prints, so I’m very glad you’ll be doing more. Congrats on a successful sale – I’m inspired!

  9. Fran says:

    Can’t wait to see more on Etsy. Congratulations on the lovely prints. Very sad for Hilary. As unsavoury as all this is – I think it’s important to have crafty bloggers discussing this issue. I really hope Wee Wonderfuls gets a satisfactory outcome & that scavengers understand that ripping-off original designs is not an option.

  10. Christie says:

    Hope you are all getting over the bug, we had one too-yuck!Really sad about this pattern rip off issue-esp given that it is an Aussie company.

  11. pip says:

    Yes – it was a direct rip off. It’s happening a lot. Just scour your local craft market and you’ll see someone profiting from someone else’s pattern. It’s a shame, isn’t it?I’ve been alerted to a lot of this going on lately. I think our thriving craft scene means that some less scrupulous people look at craft from the ‘quick buck’ angle, rather than appreciating it for what it is. We must all support our local crafters – and do our best to avoid this sort of revolting copy-cat-ism.

    However, it’s going to happen more and more – keep your eyes on local mainstream mags and you’ll see plenty of softies etc that are just a few degrees away from work we’ve seen on lovely craft blogs.

    It’s sucky. recently posted about this issue, as did annalaura – and kootoyoo has some lovely thoughts today on craft and community too.

    I hope your kiddiwinks are feeling better soon – I’m STILL sick… and tired of it! Looking forward to seeing you v soon at Brown Owls, Ms Looby Lu!


  12. alison says:

    It is a sad situation.Love your toys. I still think the Moomintroll books have a real charm about them.

  13. Roze says:

    i absolutly love love love your soft toy in the top photo! it is absolutly to die for, just so incredibly cute!

  14. Prue says:

    Pip, I hope you’re not suggesting that copying is rife within published craft magazines. I have submitted many projects to Australian embroidery magazines (and had them published), but have never ever copied other people’s work. Some of us ARE quite scrupulous and honest!Claire, I loved your Esty print. All the best for future products too.

  15. Elise says:

    Congratulations on the Etsy shop. I’m so glad you are back to blogging.Speaking of Moomin, have you seen this embroidery book?

  16. Claire says:

    You’re back!! (I’m slow)Wow! Welcome back! It’s good to see you posting again!

  17. pip says:

    Nope, Prue.. I’m referring to lifestyle magazines – and softies made by large companies.

  18. Prue says:

    Glad to hear it Pip!

  19. pip says:

    Hey Miss Prue! I can see you feel very strongly about this! I reckon we are two peas in a pod! I really commend the craft mags, both local and overseas for the great work they do. And I’m not a bit surprised that they love your work! 😉

  20. Christina says:

    Usually I am so wary of claims of “copying”, as someone earlier said, it can be a fine line, but this has skipped right over any line and done a dance, that is so bad!

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