Copywrite and Quilters




At Threads and Patches we are occasionally asked to photocopy patterns or we hear groups of quilters saying ‘ you buy the pattern and then make copies for us all’ . This is why firstly I refuse to copy a pattern that is not ours, and I challenge groups who choose to breech copyright in this way.

Why is this not OK?

Firstly it is breaking the law

below is a link that explains the rules

But the main reason I feel,  you should not copy patterns is not a legal one, it is a moral one.

A quilt designer has spent a long time planning the design, making it, getting the pattern tested, invested money in printing and advertising, spent time persuading shops and distributors to sell her product – all very hard work and sometimes very frustrating. She has invested. Then it is effectively ‘stolen’ by people publishing, copying, sharing etc. She gets nothing back if you do that. So why should she ever bother again? We get our best patterns by designers working to put something great together for us. Don’t ruin it by refusing to support them

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I am a fabriholic. I confess, I just love fabric and stitching. I started sewing so long ago I don't care to remember and opened the shop in August 2001. The shop is stuffed full of fabric, notions, needlecraft kits, threads and most of all inspiration! I have a fantastic staff, including Rowena, Chris, Nicole, Heather,Wendy,Lucy,Jamie and Fiona. Plus numerous talented teachers who teach needlecraft classes in my workshop at the shop.

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