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41  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Red work - What's up with it? on: October 21, 2006 04:41:16 AM
The only reason it was interesting at the time was because it was the first really bright colour thread you could use which wouldnt run. So people did lots with it and it became historically important.

But of course because we arent limited to black anymore, outlining stuff with red sounds pretty dull thesedays.
42  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with waste canvas/fabric on: September 10, 2006 02:05:10 PM
Just one more tip.....the fabric softens really quickly in water (!donstitch under the shower) but is still a bugger to pull the threads out. I used tweezers to get out each one at a time. It seems like itll take forever but it doesnt and it sooo saves your fingers.
43  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: new ideas for embroidery forum on: August 30, 2006 03:31:16 AM
Okay Im a bit late...

how about a section on Resources? That way there could be a thread about Suppliers, one for Designers, one for Magazines, one for Instructions etc...
44  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Doing something useful with cross stitch! on: August 30, 2006 03:25:55 AM
Hah! I new thatd come up... Actually I forgot to finish it all before I took the photo and its actually holding a harp (its an angel after all). I just have to stitch the strings on....
45  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Doing something useful with cross stitch! on: August 27, 2006 09:44:48 AM
It  really is just called Waste Canvas. The canvas is held together with a strong starch glue which just dissolves away in water and I found it easiest to use tweezers to pull each thread out. I know Zweigart makes it and I bought some at Lincraft in Oz a while back. I dont know of other suppliers but there are undoubtably some. Id guess just ask at your local embroidery shop or google it for an online supplier.
46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Doing something useful with cross stitch! on: August 27, 2006 02:03:03 AM
Hi all

I saw a couple of posts of what to do with cross stitch and how useless it can be Smiley Ive stitched a design of my own on a jacket in cross stitch using waste canvas. This lets you stitch a normal cross stitch and then just wash it and you can pull the canvas threads out leaving the stitching behind. Anyway, behold!

47  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: can you sell stuff made from patterns or books? on: August 07, 2006 05:27:39 AM
Designs are protected by copyright. On most books will be a paragraph somewhere (in the front where the ISBN no. is, on the back cover, etc) that the contents of the book are protected by copright and use of the designs/pictures/words for commercial purposes is not allowed. If it is a seperate pattern then any designer worth their salt would have printed a similar statement on their pattern somewhere. Generally you can assume that all the designs are copyrighted and you cant use them and sell the final product. You can of course contact the designers and ask for a licencing agreement that you may use them, but of course this costs money.

I know people do it anyway, and Im not sure how it is with clothes/bag designs, but for embroidery designs designers are starting to crack down on people who misuse them (photocopy/scan and distribute the patterns or sell the final products) including legal action.

It would be best to come up with your own unique (! a minor modification is called a derivative and may also be actionable) designs.
48  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What is when a blogger has your name? Trademark problems on: August 06, 2006 02:55:26 PM
I can email her directly, the problem is more what to say. Ill have to explain the full situation and hope she understands - but if she doesnt then Im, quite probably, screwed. And Id already invested quite a bit of time and money into the business before she created the blog -and thats money I cannot afford to lose.

For the moment, also, Id like to avoid mentioning the name. I think she should be told first by me and not by a third party in her comments.
49  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What is when a blogger has your name? Trademark problems on: August 06, 2006 01:57:34 PM
Hi everyone,

I have started a craft business and picked a great name. Unfortunately, it was so great someone else thought of it and in the same week that I put in the trademark (months after I picked the name) she started a blog with the title. Now the trademark should be through shortly (it takes a while) and I have products ready for release (including the name/logo) and I own the dotcom, how should I approach this blogger?
She has a large following (as most craft blogs do) and Im sure therell be a "You stole her name!" backlash against me, even though that wasnt the case. Im worried she may start that herself and want to approach her in a nice way.
But how do I do that? if I own the trademark then I have to prevent her from using it or I lose rights to it dont I? But if I try and do that then I destroy my own business by ostracizing the customers I want.

Any bright ideas?

50  EUROPE / GERMANY / Berlin stitch circle? on: August 01, 2006 12:37:48 AM
Hi all,

Anyone in Berlin who would be interested in meeting up somewhere for a stitch circle? I embroider, but it should also be knitters/crocheters as well.

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