[edit: February 7th] after the publication of this post I received info from fellow readers and stitchers of at least two more designers involved in this presumed* scam: Moira Blackburn for the outer border and alphabet you see in the first of the following images, which comes from her Time and Season Sampler, just google a picture of it and see for yourself. the other is Thea Dueck from The Victoria Sampler with her Heirloom Stitching Sampler for the stitching figures you find, for instance in Guermani’s Stitching and Quilting Party. Guermani’s stand point is that it all happened by chance as she never copied anybody, it is up to you to decide what to think about this matter.
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I’m really sorry to be back with such sad news, but I simply cannot rest until I let this out. it’s driving me mad since I found out about it, and since I had permission from Diane Williams (Little House Needlework) to say it – here it is. my long time readers might remember I have started a project (SAL Sorpresa 2) by Sara Guermani who at that time designed as part of the collective trio Les Trois Brodeuses. well, I never went past the first part and meant to finish it off pretty much as it was as an ornament. but tonight I found out to my astonishment that that chart (as well as at least a bunch of others) has been designed by Sara Guermani by presumably* making a collage of Little House Needleworks houses, barns, etc. – I am out of my mind as I type so I’ll let you see for yourself. as you can see in these three cases (the last one coincides with my WIP I mentioned before, which you can see here in case you need close ups), many houses have presumably* been taken directly from Diane William‘s charts, and you can track which one and see for yourself – this is irrefutable although for legal protection of my person and my blog I will add presumably* irrefutable. the last thing I need is a slander case against me from this woman. Diane has been ripped off for years, in fact the first picture you see depicts a SAL Sara Guermani even dared to name “Little House Needleworks” – how far did this woman go?! and how many times I promoted her by adding links, not knowing, not even suspecting! I started that piece in 2012 and left it there, I bough a few other charts directly from her but they were all SALs so I had no way of knowing what to expect. – you know how stitchers are, we hoard. I thought “I’ll stitch this one day” and that day never came. well, now I know for a fact that day will never come. there is no way in hell I will ever stitch a ripped off pattern. I spent 75 euro on Sara’s charts. the last one I got was an “exclusive” – HA! – printed chart in four parts that costed 45 euro, the others were three email SALs that costed 10 euro each, but, alas, never opened the files! I wasn’t going to start them so I just put them on the to-stitch list and that was it. if only I had been a different kind of stitcher – I would have spotted this long ago! – of course Diane did, but she was busy taking care of the personal problems and heath issues we all know about and she didn’t have the time or strength to address this sooner. how bad I feel now, you have no idea.
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I wrote to Sara Guermani asking for my money back, I know what she’s going to say (if she’s ever going to address this) but I had to. she presumably* took money for something she didn’t create, nor she had the right to sell as hers. and I really hope that many other stitchers will do so, manifesting our indignation and repulsion to this blatant and outmost presumed* scam.
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this is it, people. not only there’s people uploading charts illegally to the internet. there are other designers ripping off the work of others like it’s theirs to play with (and profit on).
keep your eyes open before starting anything and share these news. the last thing we should do is finance this kind of people.
thank you for listening,
* every occurrence of “presumed” and “presumably” is to protect my person and this blog from any possible action against me for speaking out about this. this is what it looks like – but Sara Guermani is, according to the Italian law, innocent until proven guilty. it’s up to you to decide where to stand and who to finance when purchasing your charts.