Wow. That was quite the roller coaster, wasn’t it?
After I posted my open letter to Garnstudio, reactions started pouring in. Most of them were very positive towards me, which I really, really appreciate! Some comments were a little more sceptic; and then there were people who were just plain rude. Not to mention the bashing that happened on a couple of online forums. That really shook me, reading all those negative comments. It’s very hard to remain positive about yourself when it seems like the entire internet is out to get you.
So apparently, the whole ‘who did it first’ question is up in the air. Let me be clear: I totally get that my design isn’t ground breaking, or extremely original, or amazing. It’s a simple design, and it has been done before, many many times. I’m with you guys on that one, and I’m sorry if I made it seem like I overlooked that fact.
Now some people pointed out to me that the dates that both patterns were published were… off. Apparently, the Drops pattern was released either in 2010, or 2011 (their site is still a bit fuzzy on the exact date). Mine was released in 2013. Whoah. Yeah, I know. I first learned about the Drops pattern after they posted it as ‘new’ on their Facebook page, a couple of months ago. Possibly they just reposted an old pattern for inspiration, and that is how I came to believe they copied the rug idea from me.
That is my mistake, and believe me, I have paid for it.
The point of my open letter to Garnstudio however wasn’t to claim rights to the pattern, it was to point out to them and you that the way they treated me was not okay. I have since learned that several others have received the same treatment, and those stories make mine pale in comparison. I won’t share the details here because it wouldn’t be right. Because believe it or not, I still believe in the kindness of Garnstudio and all it’s employees.
I just wanted to let them know that they were losing a fan. That it might be better to just say, ‘hey, we think it’s the other way around’, or ‘this pattern has been around for centuries!’, instead of ignoring me and others. Now I also get that ignoring people like me is probably the smart thing for them to do, legally speaking.
So whatever side you are or were on, I get where you are coming from. I’m very happy with all of you that supported me, and I’m supportive of all of you that questioned me and were investigative into the matter. I respect and love all of you!
But it’s time to close this chapter. The discussion is still going on in some places and I don’t believe my blog is the place to do it. I removed the orignal post because I believe everything has been said.
So thank you, for informing me, for keeping me honest, for standing by me, and for speaking out.
UPDATE: I closed the comments section again. I will not allow this bantering to go on here; all has been said, and if you have something hurtful to say to me you can always send me an email. Please everyone, show some respect.