Help! My designs are being stolen!

Fingerless_mittens

Way back in 2012, my Hedgerow Fingerless Mittens design debuted here on my TwoStrands blog. That’s the cover page to my original design which you see, above. Months ago, I redid them in Shetland DK yarn.  You can see that version on my website here.  Today, I see that someone who goes by “Voolenvine” has stolen my copyrighted Hedgerow chartwork, plunked it on a pair of otherwise plain socks, called it her own “Klara” sock design and, as you can see on her 8/2/2019 YouTube channel video, she carries with a long story about her “inspiration” for “her” (stolen) design.  Here’s the link to her YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJdmwX_5ckE

You’ll see her “Klara Socks” using my stolen Hedgerow design show up 7:14 minutes into her video and she shows them, claiming them as her work, for more than 3 minutes, up until 10:24.

Oh *$&%#@$, she’s done the same in more of her YouTube videos!  The previous episode, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJdmwX_5ckE, has more of the same lies, claiming my Hedgerow chartwork as her own.

Voolenvine on Youtube

You can also see “Voolenvine”‘s Klara Socks” on Instagram, where a (possibly entirely innocent and unsuspecting) test knitter shows her test knit, with my Hedgerow chart work on it, in progress: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0vyuMypPHI/

Hedgerow stolen by m_a_mackie and voolenvine

 

Interestingly, Voolenvine does not show these socks as WIPs on dear, old Ravelry, where my Hedgerow Fingerless Mittens PDF has sold for ages.  UPDATE: Ooops, I take that back!!

I’ve commented on these pages and I’m submitting official complaints about this infringement to YouTube and Instagram.  Unfortunately, that isn’t enough to stop thieves and posers from infringing elsewhere.  Sadly, I’ve found copies of my chartwork on many sites over the years and, no doubt, some will continue to pop up here and there.  But, this is, by far, the most outrageous theft yet.  Can you believe she went to the trouble to build an extensive narrative involving her great-grandmother around this?  Nuts!  Since this is so blatant, since I know many of you dear readers are also indy designers and it’s highly unlikely that my design work is her only theft, you folks should know about this.  Somehow, there may be more chapters to this saga!

Edited to add: It looks as though she has removed the offending posts from both Instagram and YouTube, although I can’t speak for the test knitters’ posts (and I have to presume that all test knitters are entirely innocent.)  We’ll see how that unfolds.  In the meantime, I just dug out my old swatches and rough draft projects in which I used my old Hedgerow motif.  Compare her new sock colors with my twenty years or so old sock.  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I’ve never been so flattered in all my days! 😉

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My Hedgerow motif. After nixing the socks, and delaying on a matching cardi for the well-worn pullover, I eventually published the mitts in 2012

And another photo…Those of you who know me can vouch that this is a seriously old photo!

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Mary Ann Stephens, designer of Hedgerow pullover, socks and mitts.

 

 

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13 Responses to Help! My designs are being stolen!

  1. walkingcalm says:

    Her Ravelry project page for them is here:
    https://www.ravelry.com/projects/voolenvine/klara-socks

    Best of luck, Mary Ann. I despise intellectual theft.

  2. Rachael K says:

    Her Ravelry project page for the socks is here:

    https://www.ravelry.com/projects/voolenvine/klara-socks

    Best of luck, Mary Ann. I despise intellectual theft.

    • twostrands says:

      Thanks a million, Rachel! Wow, her Ravelry socks really look like a stitch-for-stitch copy of my design! (While some of the test knits might have an error here or there.)

  3. walkingcalm says:

    Here is her project page for the socks on Ravelry:
    https://www.ravelry.com/projects/voolenvine/klara-socks
    I also contacted Ravelry about this, since she mentions she plans to present the pattern sometime this month.
    Best of luck, Mary Ann. I despise intellectual theft.

  4. Diane Donle says:

    left my sentiments on 2 sites. so sorry this has happened. please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Philly says:

    That’s terrible. Such a beautifully designed pattern. Did you ask her to take it down? That’s where I would start, if you haven’t. She may not want the bad reputation. Hugs.

  6. Mandy Fell says:

    the links are gone now for her socks. So something must have been done… Yay.

  7. She removed your comments from Instagram. 😦
    You should report the matter to Instagram immediately.

    • twostrands says:

      Thanks! Yep, as soon as I saw one of her YouTube podcasts showing off the socks, I let Instagram know about it. I see that she has removed her last 3 podcasts, i.e., the ones containing her wildly false statements about the socks. I’m not looking to destroy anyone, but I do hope this can foster a bit more honesty on the internet. Thanks again!

  8. You did the right thing. Your timeline clearly shows when you first published photos of the knits already. I am glad that she removed it. Pity things like has to happen first before one can rectify it. All the best and keep creating stunning patterns. 🙂

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