Pattern Theft Alert

Los Angeles Needleworks is selling PATTERNS AVAILABLE FOR FREE taken from all over the internet, including those from Fandom In Stitches and more.

Please, PLEASE support your indie designers and free patterns online and DO NOT purchase anything from them. We would very much appreciate it you could spread the word and help stop this theft.

43 thoughts on “Pattern Theft Alert

  1. Patti

    I’ve just emailed them telling whoeversheis that she should be thoroughly ashamed of herself selling free patterns. Probably won’t make any difference but I feel a bit better.

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      I’ve been sharing content online for free since the late 1990s and this is the very first time I’ve had to deal with something on this scale. Usually, patterns just get reposted without anyone trying to profit from it. My level of disappointment with the dishonesty is huge.

  2. Anna F.

    This is disgraceful! I saw some of Sonja’s free patterns too. I’ve emailed her, and I am planning on emailing this theiving site to let them know how I feel!

  3. Susie

    Do they have a Facebook page? If so, I think we should all go to their Facebook page and leave comments warning prospective buyers that they are purchasing stolen goods!

  4. Kathy A

    It’s people like this that spoil it for everyone else… You/she might want to let paypal know of this pattern theft.

  5. Sandie

    Wouldn’t this be a case of copyright infringement? A cease and desist order/letter can be sent to them. KEEP copies of all correspondence and let them know you will be seeking legal recourse.

  6. kitblu

    There always seems to be someone to take advantage and present something as their own work. Plagiarism is on the rise in universities, in research and, it seems, in every creative endeavour. Not only must we be vigilant, we must identify those who steal.

  7. ruthiequilts

    I’ve posted this to both my blog and facebook page! How disappointing that someone feels like they need to make money on your patterns! Disgraceful… Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  8. leekru

    I’ve emailed them letting them know that what they are doing is disgusting. And I will be reposting it on facebook and twitter. They can’t get away with it.

  9. leekru

    I have emailed all the businesses that they link to on their website to let them know that it seems as though they are affiliated with a thief. Unfortunately I am international so don’t have a US phone number. Maybe we can all email Joann’s and Michael’s and let them know…? This is going to get around and MS DIXIE will be out of business soon. For what? For a few extra $$’s? Disgusting.

  10. Anna

    Sent them an email too. Maybe those whose property has been stolen in this manner can get together (online) and see if they can get a lawyer to represent the group. Publicity would be the key. We should all send more than one email to them too.

  11. Angie in SoCal

    How sad. You might like to consider stamping your photos with “free at sewhooked” so they can’t use them and alert people who might buy them from such unscrupulous netters.

  12. DorkStitch - Chris

    Hopefully the Hosting company will comply with the DMCA takedown notices. The only issue with this is that they can just go and find more hosting. As a manager of a larger webhosting company myself, I see this all the time.

    Persistence is the key, if they move to another host we will have to keep sending in the DMCA notices.

    Thanks everyone for the kind words regarding this tragedy.

  13. blackmageheart

    Great post – the more people that hear about this the better. I also emailed and FB’d this person on behalf of members of Sprite Stitch, but was ignored, deleted and blocked (just before the FB page was removed.) Shameful behaviour!
    Thank you to everyone who’s doing something!

  14. Susan

    If they are copyrighted and you say on your site that they are for personal use only and can’t be sold, could not sue this theiving place?

  15. Judy P

    While I’m at it, I want to sincerely thank you for all the free and spectacular patterns. I am STILL not finished with my Harry Potter quilt but almost. It’s been a long time (almost a year now) since I started and LIFE keeps interrupting my efforts but I’m so proud of my quilt and everyone who sees my work in progress says they want one too. I am in awe of people like you who are willing to share so “freely” (a play on words, ha ha) and then THIS whole mess is what you get as a reward. I hope all will be rectified soon and that it is totally favorable for you. Thank you again.

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      Thank you so very much, Judy. Harry Potter quilting has brought me in contact with some of the best people I’ve ever known and it’s my great privilege to have been such a huge part of it. While I do sell many patterns, my fandom patterns are always close to my heart and they will always, always be free.

  16. marslaura

    With your permission I would like to post this in two online forum’s that I am a member of: My Quilt Place and Quilt With US. Laura Mars


  17. Linda

    I think I read of something like this a while back and the site doing it was in Japan or China, so they prtobably are not afraid of the U S and our copywrite laws. But I hope the out pour to PayPal will help ruin their business.

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