The latest commotion in the stitching blogosphere was a tongue-in-cheek post written by a blogger I follow, lamenting the discrepancies between the model photos that don't seem to match the listed supplies, the abundance of certain fiddly stitches, and other personal preferences. I personally thought the post was funny, and it prompted me contemplate my own love/hate relationships. So here goes.
Dear Designer XYZ-
I love some of your designs. Really, I do. They are gorgeous/adorable/inspiring/perfect for my crazy aunt/chose your own flattering descriptor. But that one design....you know, the one with the stuff I don't like? Oh, I REALLY don't like that one. I find it creepy/weird/silly/bizarre/disproportionate/choose your own descriptor that offends you the most. So I won't buy it. I definitely won't stitch it. And just as I can look at a blouse in the store and say, "blech!" I may do the same thing when I come across that pattern while browsing at my LNS.
While I wish I could take your supply list to the store and purchase everything as listed, I have neither the time nor the finances to do that. So I often use fabric from my stash, and I almost always swap out a floss or 2. Because really, if I don't have a skein of "Old Blue Jeans" in my stash, I'm certainly not going to pay $2.00 (or more) to do 10 stitches (or less). Sometimes I leave beads and buttons off. Sometimes I add beads and buttons where I like. And I have gone so far as to move design elements around, add things, and completely remove things. I also know that design photography - or in some cases, color chart
renderings that are NOT photographs of the finished stitching - isn't an
exact science....but let's face it, in some cases a photograph CAN make
the difference in my purchasing decisions. And if the flosses I pull
to stitch the design I loved when I saw the picture don't match, you can
bet that I'll be looking for substitute flosses! (I also understand that floss and fabric dye lots change and/or are discontinued. While I don't blame you for this, I do sometimes find myself muttering, "sheesh, wouldn't a standard DMC color have worked just as well for this?")
Honestly, I don't get the appeal of design "series" - especially those that require buying multiple patterns to stitch one complete picture (ie, I don't so much mind "monthly" or ornament-style series that can stand alone, but a single piece comprised of several patterns will probably never make my wishlist). Are they cute? Yes. Are they affordable? When you add up the cost of all the patterns and the inevitable doo-dads - no! I'm sure there are stitchers that CAN afford them, or are lulled into justifying their purchase, but I don't fall into either of those categories right now.
As you can see from my still-growing Pattern Stash page, I buy what I like. Which means that I do not have the complete catalog of your designs, or those of any designer, and that shouldn't surprise you. Besides, if someone loves everything you design.....they'd basically be your clone, wouldn't they? And we're all unique. We like different things at different times, and you shouldn't be offended by that. Heck, be glad that I looked at your designs, bought some, and engaged in the creative process.