I hope you had a great weekend and managed to get lots of stitching done?
This week I have the unpleasant task of discussing copyright and counterfeit products. This is not something I relish talking about but feel you should be made aware of this as sadly, there are many fake copies of Trish Burr products surfing the globe.
The fact is that all my original products are sold exclusively from my online shop and I do not supply the wholesale trade. If you come across any kits, patterns, or materials branded as Trish Burr from any other source: shop, market, craft fair, or online shop, other than Trish Burr Embroidery they are not originals, they are not mine. If you have purchased any of these products I suggest you return them and ask for a full refund.
There is a shop in New Zealand that is currently selling counterfeit kits – I was made aware of this because several customers who have purchased these kits emailed me to complain because they either found that the printed outline on the fabric disappeared when ironed, or the materials are of inferior quality. It appears they are making copies of my digital patterns and making up their own kits. There are several sellers on AliExpress that sell counterfeits, including a seller from China who sells images of my embroidery on Shutterstock and other stock photo sites. Steps are being taken and legal action will follow should this continue.
The one exception is Inspirations magazine who produce their own kits for sale along with the project that I have stitched for a particular issue of the magazine. These are for their own exclusive use and this has been a long standing agreement between them and myself.
I have an agreement with guilds and shops that they may run workshops on my behalf using my patterns for the workshop only. The agreement is as follows:
- The teacher should be proficient in either Needlepainting or Whitework Embroidery, be familiar with my methods and have enough experience to teach others.
- The teacher should purchase a PDF pattern for each student attending the workshop and will receive a refund of 50% of the total cost. The teacher is responsible for providing a quality printout of each pattern and for making up a full kit for each student.
- The teacher should purchase the fabric and iron on transfers required for the class from my online shop to ensure consistency of quality.
- The teacher acknowledges Trish Burr Embroidery as the source of the pattern.
- The patterns are to be used for the duration of the workshop only and does not give the teacher license to sell surplus kits in their shop/privately.
The same agreement applies to projects that are taught from books – each student should own or purchase a copy of the book.
I am sure you will agree that a lot of time, work and effort goes into creating these patterns and it is really not ok to share, duplicate or make copies of other people’s patterns. To reiterate – All original Trish Burr Embroidery products are sold direct from my online shop. I cannot accept responsibility for purchases made from other sources that do not meet the quality or standard of my products.
On a brighter note, till next time wherever you are in the world, keep smiling and happy stitching!