Tag Archives: etsy

#FF – Animal Fashion

Isn’t this the cutest? Miriam Brugmann on Etsy

Lovely bird necklace by MimiJewels on Etsy

Bunny! It looks so soft too! Pull lapin – Nouveautés – France


Perhaps the cutest of all! Miniature Needle Felted Pocket Barn Owl by alishaharms on Etsy


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An Etsy Faux Pas: Did I copy?

Quite excitingly, I opened up an Etsy shop a few months ago. Still awaiting my first sale, I’ve been slowly working out the bugs, getting the perfect banner, and making things to put up for sale in between what seems like a million other commitments.

Unfortunately, I received a rather unkind e-mail about my shop last week. Apparently there is another knitter using the name HandmadeHandsome and this person assumed and then accused me of, in no uncertain terms, copying her. She demanded that I change my shop name and banner, and suggested that I change my blog name, and everywhere else that I use HandmadeHandsome.

Obviously, we were both rather upset. The chances are rather slim that two knitters would think of the same name independently of each other, but that’s just what happened as I’ve not copied her in any way. Even after the accusations, I had quite a hard time finding her shop to see what she was talking about let alone finding it months ago and then copying it! (Somehow she seemed to know everything I’d ever put on the internet and was able to tell me when I started using HandmadeHandsome on each website and suggested names from my other user names for me to use instead! Proving the point that you shouldn’t put things on the internet if you wouldn’t want anyone to see it and use it against you!)

But what are the Etsy rules and regulations and general regulations for copying and copying accusations? I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had this happen to, so I’d like to provide a guide for those who feel they have been copied and those who have been accused. Clearly, I’m not a lawyer and am not giving legal advice in this post.

An Etsy admin suggested the following links for their suggestions regarding copyright disputes:

DMCA, Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy
How-To: Report an Intellectual Property Issue to Etsy
Copyright FAQs

There is also a good article at the Radical Cross Stitch blog about crafting and the Creative Common Licensing, if interested

Etsy states that copying disputes are private and should be worked out between the two parties in question, unless one party wants to report it (see the how-to above.)

But basically, from what other users have said, and from what I know about copyright/ trademark  law, admittedly not much, no one is under any obligation to change their shop name, or any other name for that matter, unless one person has a registered trademark.

Furthermore, copyright legislation indicates that as soon as you create something, you have the copyright for that object. So if there is someone with the exact object you designed in their shop, that’s a case for a copying dispute for sure.

The issue between me and this person is that we both came up with the name independently and we both happen to sell knitwear. A crazy coincidence that in other circumstances I would have hoped would have ended in a friendship, but nonetheless it is quite troubling for building a business. We sell quite different knitted items and patterns, she sells rather chic, cleanly designed accesseories, and I have a glove pattern with skulls on.

We ended up working it out, as I was planning on changing my shop name anyway and agreed to change the name and banner. I also rather desperately and cowardly wanted to be left alone so it seemed like the best option.

In such a dispute, I would encourage everyone to maintain a level head and remember what Etsy and knitting are all about– community! Remember that there is another human being on the other end of the e-mail and try to work things out as amicably as possible. Treat others as you would like to be treated, but yet, on a less biblical theme and in the words of my favourite aunt, “there are assholes everywhere, and you can’t get away from them all.”


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The scary part about design:

is pretty much everything!

I’m mostly concerned that I can’t see what’s wrong with a design. It’s that particular situation when you finish something and think it’s worthy of a Nobel prize and then you look at it a few hours later and want to burn it!

This corresponds to both graphic design and knit design. I’ve ordered some knitting design books, so I hope that will help. Apparently Elizabeth Zimmerman is a wool goddess! I’m very excited and they should arrive tomorrow. (I’ll keep you posted lovely people!)

Graphic design is my worst nightmare come true. I’m pretty terrible at design, and have a hard time recognizing ‘perfect’ design from a work in progress in the most talented of crafters See Mummysam who despite her hair-pulling frustration with this piece, is an incredible designer and a bit of an inspiration since Life on the Double Point pointed (ahem) her out to me a few months ago.

I’ve also had endless frustration designing banners for blogs, my website, and Etsy, which came to a head when another shop not-entirely-kindly pointed out that my banner and theirs were ‘the same’, it doesn’t help that they use the name handmadehandsome! (I think it’s actually a rather funny coincidence, especially considering they knit too and was planning on changing my shop name to reflect the name of the knit design business that I want to start.)

It’s another incredibly frustrating side-affect of choosing not to study art in university. (I fear this decision will haunt me forever.)

Where do you start with design? What are some good pointers? any recommended reading for design-idiots like me?


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Happy Anniversary!!!

This is a big day! The blog is 1 year old!

but that’s not all! I’ve finally finished the fingerless gloves pattern and the pattern is now available for sale on Ravelry and Etsy.

This calls for a give-a-way! Anyone who comments on this post will be entered to win a free copy of my new pattern. The winner will be announced next week.

Thanks for reading my blog this past year! There are many, many exciting things to come and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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Tech meets Yarn: Crafts in the Information Age

Since the advent of web 2.0 and social media, the most unexpected outcome for me has been the appearance and unstoppable growth of previously-described small interest groups. From autism to the open archives to historians of the London Underground to knitters, these communities have found a way to connect and grow.

It’s very easy to take it all for granted, and I did for a long time. (I also didn’t know about podcasts or twitter…) I think there are two reactions to the rapid changes; embracing on some level and being completely overloaded. The concept of information overload has been well documented, but is information overload also contributing to the growth in these small interest communities?

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It’s easy to see how the internet is overtly contributing to the latest craft revival in such sites as Ravelry and Etsy, but is the overload being manifested in  the very act of crafting as a throwback to an earlier, simpler time? This phrase in and of itself is a bit controversial, but I think knitting has an appeal of escape and of simplicity that is very comforting and is exactly the type of reaction that can be expected with information overload.

I have this theory that I’d love to pursue in some academic way that information overload is contributing to the growth in crafts. It’s partially based on my own knitting response to the stress of life, but it also seems to make a lot of sense to me based on knitting’s therapeutic properties, and what it has stood for since the 1800’s. Basically, the first craft revival was a bit of a rebellion against the industrial revolution and isn’t entirely different from the ethos of Etsy.

Could information overload and the internet be covertly contributing to the growth of craft precisely because of a negative reaction to it?


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