"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Monday, July 31, 2006


I am flabbergasted at the response to my scan of the peacock doiley! I have put a lot of embroidered peacocks on my blog in the past, but this one has attracted so much more attention than the others. Perhaps because the design is more simplistic, and easier to reproduce. Pam K has sketched a design based on my doiley, for stitchers to download and use in their own work. She also made a lovely sketch from the peacock WW1 postcard I featured here a little while ago. I'm toying with the idea of creating a new blog and calling it Patra's Peacocks or something similar. I could transfer all my embroidered peacock scans from here to the new blog, and Pam and her friends could potter among them for ages!
So many ladies have left messages to thank me for "allowing" Pam to use my blog photos, and I have tried to visit as many as possible, but some of them don't actually have their own blogs, so I just want to say here "Hi" to 'Magpie's Mumblings' and 'Patternuts'. I left a comment on Pam's blog, which is relevant here too, and that is, while I appreciate the gratitude you all have toward me for sharing this doiley, I neither designed or stitched it. I think it might be an old Semco (Australian brand) 'novelty' design from the 1950s or 60s. Hopefully we are not infringing any copyrights doing what we have done - is there a time limit or something on these kind of things? I know not to reproduce actual patterns from charts and books on here, but as for old traced linen....


Isabelle said...

I just hopped over to Pam's blog and she did a great job with your Peacock. This is quite a beauty. I don't think you're infringing any copyright - actually isn't it a way to perpetuate tradition? It's wonderful that Pam is reviving this pattern. I don't see who could suffer from this - this is so different from copying designs from living designers.

A Peacock blog would be lovely :)

Pam Kellogg said...

Gina, there are time frames for copyrights and I'm sure the laws differ from country to country.

Many vintage patterns are being reproduced today. Everything from the Victorian days through the 50's and 60's. Vintage designs have way more style and charm than most of what's available today and there's a huge demand for them.

I'm not at all worried about copyright issues with these patterns.

And yes, I would love to draft up more designs from your vintage linens! You have an amazing collection of peacocks!

Gina E. said...

Isabelle and Pam - thanks for your comments. I'm sure you are right about me having no problems with copyrights. Guess I'm just a bit paranoid after hearing what has happened to some people who have inadvertently done stuff on the Net that they shouldn't have...not talking about pornography either - lol!
I'm going to have a look and see if I can create a Peacock blog...watch this space :-)