Maybe some of you have heard the news already but I wanted to say a few words myself. . . . . . .the needlework magazine, "The Gift of Stitching" is going out of publication. I had the privilege of being asked to contribute designs on two different occasions to this magazine. It was, and is, a gorgeous publication.
I know Kirsten and the struggle she has endured publishing an e-magazine. Each issue was very sought-after on the copyright infringing web sites. I applaud her for fighting it as long as she did.
Have you ever heard that "sharing" a chart doesn't hurt anyone? That needlework designers/publications can "afford" to lose the money via a few downloads? Sharing does hurt and no, no one can afford the financial loss when it is multiplied so many times over.
I personally know stitchers who were once infringers. Many people have recognized the harm they were doing and quit sharing and downloading. However we have a long way to go if we're going to save this industry from a certain death. Maybe it won't happen today or tomorrow but it will happen if all stitchers don't take responsibility and stop illegally sharing their charts.
I love designing but I too get discouraged when I see new charts downloaded hundreds of times. To say I haven't thought of giving up would be a lie. I'm sharing this to make a point. . . . . . . .many designers are on the verge of giving up the fight due to loss of income and respect for their hard work and I don't blame them. Needlework is an industry like any other. It takes money to keep it going. Once the money is gone, so is the career and it's time to move on.
Thank you to every person who drove two hours to buy a chart, stitched it or stashed it and then bought another! Thank you to those of you who gave away your original charts to friends rather than making copies for them. And thank you for speaking up and telling your stitching friends NO when they asked for a copy of the chart you paid for with your hard earned money. I am an optimist and I'd still like to believe we can turn this around and keep our designers and publications.
Thank you Kirsten for all you did for the industry by providing us with a beautiful, educational needlework publication. You will be missed.