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Do you alter designs you stitch?

Postby Lyudmila » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:01 pm

I have just seen a gallery on some other forum. From time to time in comments to their works ladies write, "I have changed the lady's hat", "I have changed the colour of the dress", etc. I dont mind people being creative, but if it is a widely recognized high-quality design (Anchor, Bothy Threads, Dimensions, Riolis, etc) why to ruin it? Can we do better than an artist?

It is as if you come up to "Mona Liza" and "alter" something. Well, this would end in being arrested. But if you are stitching a decent picture and start making "improvements", isnt it a sort of vandalism too? :)]
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Re: Do you alter designs you stitch?

Postby Dragonlair » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:56 pm

Actually, no is isn't. It's "creative license".

Say you find the perfect design but it's in shades of green which will absolutely clash with where you want to put it or who you want to give it to. But based on the colors given, you can do it in blues that will just fit the place to be used. That's creative license.

I'm doing that to a very nice tablecloth (stamped cross stitch) that I inherited from my mother. It was started with blues but for me, it needs to be browns. It's only a few colors so I frogged her stitching (not very much done) and started it in brown with a little gold. The original was royal blue with a little light blue.

Note -- I don't like stamped cross stitch. I first tried to wash the tablecloth to remove the blue printing but it was permanent by that time. I have no idea how long it was a WIP/UFO for my mother! So I changed the color.

Similarly, if the design includes a dog and where/who it is to be done doesn't like dogs - just leave them out. Unless they are right with the main figure, it's usually pretty easy to remove a motif with just a few other modifications.

Yes, it was designed by a professional -- probably a very good professional. However, you are doing the work. You need to LIKE doing the work. Using "Creative License" is just customizing it for your purposes. It's no different than re-painting a room to a color you like after it was painted by a professional!
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Re: Do you alter designs you stitch?

Postby Leslie » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:06 am

I agree - If a designer designs something , they will use the colour palette that appeals to them. It may not work for me or what I wish to do with the finished piece . I see no reason NOT to make something more my own. I will leave out elements that have no meaning to me or that I feel do not appeal to my thoughts at the time.
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Re: Do you alter designs you stitch?

Postby stitchcrazy » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:19 pm

I customize designs all the time and most designers welcome people to do it as well. A famous example is L&L's series of 5 Celtic Ladies. The designer is now deceased but she participated in a forum just for conversions of her patterns. I have stitched 11 of them myself, with only 2 done exactly as charted. I made a Halloween one in oranges and blacks, a Hannukah in blues, a Celtic in greens, a Native American in tans with beads, and a few others I can't recall at the moment. One of these days I might even get around to uploading them here.
I have no idea why a designer would ever care about anyone changing their design, especially a paid pattern (those L&L designs were $11-$16 each!); as far as I know, Disney is the only company that has ever tried to limit the number of times you could make a design after you purchased it.

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