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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Copyright violations on facebook business page, trying to reach the artists. on: August 21, 2012 12:30:25 AM
Hello everyone! I've just posted in the crochet forum about a business on facebook using crochet and knitting artists photo's as "Inspiration" on their page without giving credit to the artist in any form. I know it involves some crocheting Craftsters, and I expect it will involve some of you that knit as well, but I don't have that expertise. Rather than replicate the post could you have a look at the original?

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413123.0

Thanks for your help.  Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Copyright violations on facebook business page, trying to reach the artists. on: August 21, 2012 12:22:43 AM
Hi everyone!
I was very annoyed this morning to be shown a facebook album full of knitted and crochet items that I know to have been made by artists I admire with no credit given to them or links back to their projects. This included even pictures taken from Etsy sales pages. If it had been an individual simply collecting their own inspirational photo's together I wouldn't have worried about it, however it is business selling yarn with over 18000 likes.

I contacted them and the following conversation ensued:

Me, (in very poor google Spanish): The photos used are not owned by you. You did not do these handicrafts. I reconised my artist friends work amoung them. You must give credit to the artist and a link to the original description. Please do this or delete these images. It is not legal to remove copyright. It is not moral to do this to fellow artist. It is wrong to decieve your likers.

Them: Of course all the pictures are not ours! If we have the name of the author we ritht it down....if not we dont wright anything until the owner appers. If you know the owner of some pictuers pls let us know to name them. Tks a lot for your cooperation!

Me: Thank you for replying in english, I wish I knew your language too, a computer translation is not the same.
 I do not understand how you can not know where the photo comes from. Perhaps if you can't find an original picture it would be better not to put them on your page, or at least put a link to the page where you found the picture. The artists should not have to look at every page on facebook to find their work and tell a person where it came from.

Them:  I understand what you say, but when you have thouthands of pictures is not easy. We dont want to disturb anyone and we write it if we have the original name of the owner of the design. Tks a lot!


As I went through their albums I found only a handful that did have some recognition, there were no links whatsoever.  I know there a couple of images I've seen on here, but I have the feeling they've pulled them of flikr.

Am I allowed to name this page so that you can have a look and help identify the work of others?

So far I've found 27 of the originals and the friend who showed me (who's fb page is Hook, Art and Song) is going to contact as many of those owners as she can, but there are a lot more on there.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Missoni coat pattern? on: February 17, 2012 05:05:03 PM
Thank you so much for letting me know Cecile. Your english is good, I never have trouble understanding what you write on your blog either.
I have not made adult sized garments like this, so I am not confident to make it up. Perhaps I will try to make a toddler sized version. It would look wonderful on my niece.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Missoni coat pattern? on: February 08, 2012 05:35:48 PM
I absolutely love this Missoni coat http://gipsybazar.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/missonis-back-from-70s.html, And I was wondering if anyone knew where to find a pattern or instructions for it. I have tried but as most of the blogs I dug through were in French or Spanish I found it very hard to navigate. I don't mind if the pattern is in a language other than English, I have friends who can help me translate, and I don't mind having to buy a pattern  or book, but I just can't find one.
TIA!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: 6 Mini Top Hats (img heavy) on: October 12, 2011 11:26:22 AM
These are great! Unfortunately vintagesewing.info no longer exists, but you can still find it on the wayback machine here http://web.archive.org/web/20071022033559/http://vintagesewing.info/category.html#millinery for now.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Sewing machine broken, need a Serger/Overlocker only pattern on: August 25, 2011 04:24:43 PM
Can anyone recommend an online pattern for a summer dress in a woven fabric that could be almost or completely be made on a serger/overlocker?

After exhaustive shopping with my short and round but budding (not being mean here, just descriptive) 13 year old stepdaughter, we could not find a dress that fits her for an event in 3 weeks time. I won't have the chance to take her shopping again before we leave, and the budget is very small, so I'm going to need to make something, and it has to be out of my stash, which only contains woven cottons in the summer fabric department. That was do-able, plenty of free patterns on-line and plenty of time to get it done, but then DISASTER!

 My Janome seems to have died on me, I'm not sure how but the upper tension assembly just isn't tensioning. I can't afford to have it looked at so I turned to my ever reliable treadle machine, to find that the belt has perished and after two turns it broke irreparably. I have no transport and the only belts I can find online wont be here soon enough to get the job done. So now I'm down to my serger/overlocker to do the job. I can hand sew a little, or turn the treadle by hand for a little, but both cause me a lot of hand pain if I do very much.

If you can think of a pattern that might be suitable, please let me know!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / How do you tell if a plastic bag is degradable? on: August 23, 2011 02:51:28 PM
I have a lot of plastic bags, and I have a project that could do with a plastic layer (a laptop/handbag/cary-everything-on-a-plane bag), so I was going to fuse some bags to make it. However a nasty experience with some yarn stored in a "biodegradable" plastic bag a few years ago has me reluctant to do so. So:

Is there a way to tell which bags are degradable and which bags are not?

The bags that are printed on are easy, they either say they are, or say to recycle if they're not. It's the plain ones that have me stumped. The only refference I could find said that the degradable ones have a slightly gritty feel, and the non are more slick. I've seperated out a group that feel ever so slightly papery ( is that a word?) do you think that is what they mean by gritty?

Any thoughts will be appreciated!
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I dye X? Many questions answered. on: July 27, 2011 06:22:00 PM
This is just what I needed! Could someone please pin this up top of Dyeing: Discussion and Questions?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Overlay Crochet motif on: April 15, 2011 06:36:05 PM
FANTASTIC! It reminds me of a kaleidoscope, I'd love to put one on a bag. Where is your pattern from?
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Some Zentangles from a Beginner on: April 14, 2011 07:58:04 PM
I've been using this style of drawing with charcoal for years. The charcoal is more plastic than the pen, you can continue smudging adding and subtracting after you reach what would be a finished zentangle, allowing fantastic abstract forms to rise from your work. I enjoy the methodical filling in of my drawings and have taken photo's of them (unfortunately lost in the sands of time and forgotten tech)  at the early stages because they were lovely in themselves. Thank you for helping me revisit the technique! Pen is much more portable than my charcoal, and I can carry them with me to create complete works of art in my sketchbook.

This link has some nice video's and a sampler of the artists favourite filling patterns:
http://www.milliande.com/Zendoodle-Sampler-Zentangle-Pattern-Styles-Tutorial.html
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