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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

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"Boo!" on Annie's Attic!

Yesterday, I received the latest issue of the catalog from Annie's Attic. I was a little disturbed as I looked through the pages. I noticed that a number of the "exclusive" patterns they were offering were actually vintage patterns that are currently offered free of charge on the net!

Now I realise that many of the pattern publishers recycle vintage patterns, and actually I am quite thankful that they do. They are able to put these wonderful, old patterns into the hands of a whole new generation of crafters. However, it seems like they could atleast bring back patterns that weren't readily available for FREE...ON...the NET!!!! I mean, really!! There has been alot of discussion on various boards lately about people selling free patterns (especially on Ebay)- and whether you agree or disagree with this practice, is not really the concern of this rant. Instead, my frustration is that A's.A. a company with numerous resources, millions of patterns at their disposal, creative minds churning out ideas left and right, and THIS is all they could come up with! Good grief!

Here is a perfect example....this pattern- is currently available on 2 different sites- here:Tulip Varieties Doily and here:Tulip Doily!

Now...check out page 19 from the current Annie's Attic catalog Doilies from the Garden

I bet most any self respecting crocheter with a bit of PAS, could do better! "Boo on you, Annie's Attic!"

2 Comments:

  • Isn't that Tulip Doily just beautiful? I've seen it before. I'd never seen it in the AA Catalog. Thank you for pointing that out. Though I hadn't seen that particular pattern, I have noticed, like you, patterns in their catalog that it seems I remember seeing on the net or even in magazines. Perhaps the demand for crochet patterns is greater than the supply of designers, I don't know. But it is discouraging to see them offering Free patterns for sale. Maybe they're for those without internet access.... :-/

    By Blogger Karla, at July 07, 2005 5:06 AM  

  • I agree that it is discouraging to see a "pay for pattern" available free on the net BUT for one second ask if the poster of the free pattern had the right to post it.....they may have posted it on the net for free after scanning a mag or leaflet.....and AA actually is the only one with the sole rights to republish.....so it's really not a nay on AA but a nay on the posters of the free patterns.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2005 7:35 PM  

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