Some of you will have followed the evolution of my Crystal Star design. I spent several weeks on it and first showed it on my blog on 24 September. Right at the end when the pattern was written up and ready to go, someone told me my pattern looked like one they had made 20 years ago.
First of all, I have to say that when I first had the idea for this star, I did look at several internet pages of tatted stars before carrying on, and in my search had not seen anything that looked like it.
My pattern came straight, and solely, out of my own head.
I had a look when she pointed me to it and I agreed that we had come to a very similar shape by coincidence. This design is a fairly straightforward one with just rings and chains (no fancy techniques, not even reversed chains or anything like that) so it's not that incredible that we created something similar independently. However, I genuinely still felt that they had different features and were individual enough that there was space for both patterns to exist. For my part, I felt that the crystal centre was the main, special feature of my design. I have not seen it done this way and thought I'd come up with something original and innovative.
I have now been accused of having stolen the design and of selling a pattern that is available for free elsewhere. Strong accusations. My design was not a "take" on hers, my design came from doodling on a piece of paper, from ideas in my head, and thinking of a simple frame for the crystal star centre I was planning. I agree the two designs have many similarities but they also have several differences which I thought made them individual (please bear in mind that what I was shown was the original, cabone-ring version of her star, not the one that can be seen now on her blog).
I do not need to steal anyone's patterns, I have plenty of ideas of my own. I was all excited last night because I'd come up with a new design and was eager to share it with you. That was going to be my next blogpost. But this has rather curbed my enthusiasm.
I started writing this two days ago but hadn't posted it because I didn't want to cause any more aggravation. It's just not my kind of thing. I try my best to be polite and respectful with everyone. I removed the pattern for sale straight away, hoping we could resolve this amicably but this morning I see that the person has now re-tatted her star with my crystal centre (I was trying to avoid links and names but I will here: link). And she is saying she will make a technique page for her new design with the crystal centre. Well, I'm speechless.
I never set out to upset anyone, I was just trying to mind my own business and make lovely lace.
It's enough to discourage anyone from having a go at designing.