Sunday, August 12, 2012

Color and What I Think of Those Who Change My Patterns

Recently I've had several people ask me what I think when someone changes the colors of my designs. I think this question has come up, because some group stitchers have completed Heart Note Alley and posted photos on various sites.

I can see why they might ask since some stitchers chose to drastically change the colors I used in this pattern and so I thought it might be a good idea to answer on the blog.

One of the reasons I began making my own designs and started this blog is to encourage others to be creative, so how could I complain when someone exercises some creativity and make changes in a pattern? When someone buys one of my patterns it is theirs. The only thing they can't do is sell it. I don't mind if they share it with someone else, for free. And what colors or changes they make is completely their business.

I've seen some finished Heart Note Alleys that were beautifully and uniquely someone else's interpretation, while some were frankly unattractive, but if the stitcher is happy with it, I'm happy with it.

The only thing I would ask is that they understand that I choose the colors I do for specific reasons. Color greatly inspires me and the images I create won't 'say' the same thing I meant them to say if the colors change. But maybe the stitcher wants to say something different and the colors they choose may do that for them. More power to them ;)


  1. I love your colours, and it is one of the things I am loathed to change, I did your Northern Nights, I shortened it, took out a band or two, but I did stay within colours. Added a few more within the same range. Currently eying off your Log Cabin Winter Colors, but I am a bit of a blue and gold girl :@

    LiBBiE in Oz

  2. Hi Libbie, I'm just glad you liked Northern Nights enough to make it your own :)

  3. I feel the same way about mine. We spend alot of time picking color to convey what we want the sampler to do for a reason. Well said.

    Jennifer Dalenberg
    Feathers in the Nest