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I am probably going to offend people with this post, but I just feel like I need to say this.

I have a huge problem with people asking me to draft patterns for them. Yeah, sometimes I do it to be nice, but here's the thing: it takes a fair amount of effort, and why should I do it if you're not going to pay me or do anything for me?

I draft patterns for my own use, and then I generously post them online for free use--as a gift to the public. But, I am not a magical pattern fairy. I'm glad that people find my patterns useful, but honestly, I don't do it for people. And I don't see why I should do what everyone else wants me to do if I'm not getting paid for it. And I don't see why I should be taken advantage of because people are too cheap to buy a pattern or too lazy to google for tutorials. I feel that people are acting entitled, assuming that I'll do anything for them because they ask nicely. Well, that's not the case. I'm actually not a very nice person.

Do you go around asking every artist you like for free commissions? How well does that get received? It's a comparable situation.

One of the reasons I post the patterns is with the hope that people can look at them and learn how to make their own. Apparently, it's too much to ask that people can think for themselves! It's so simple! It's simple geometrical shapes and a bit of basic math to get it to fit you. There's no fancy curves or darts or anything that's hard to draw.

I'm sorry if I'm being mean. Most of you guys who follow me are quite excellent, intelligent people, and I feel honored that you've found my patterns to be useful and enjoyable. (And I do love to see what you've made!) I never expected to get as much attention as I have with these patterns, as they got a rather horrid reception when I first started showing them to people on another website (a long time ago).

So anyway, I guess my point is, if you need a pattern for something, for heaven's sake at least try to find one elsewhere before asking me to do work for you. I'm sorry if you don't want to pay for a pattern, but that's life. I've had PLENTY of people tell me I should sell my patterns, and I'm sure I could get money from them, but nevertheless, I have generously continued to offer them for free. Don't be selfish and demand more.
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hollyann Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
I haven't done tablet weaving for very long, but even I was able to figure out my own little patterns from time to time.  Just simple ones, but they worked :)  I also downloaded a software for tablet weaving patterns too, just to kind of test it out digitally before I string up my loom, only to find out it wouldn't work and all that thread has been wasted. 

It just takes some time to look at patterns (after some practice) and then figure out how to make your own stuff.  Start out small, and then work from there.  That's what I've been doing :)
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eqos Featured By Owner May 5, 2014   Artisan Crafter
That is what I did too. It does take time, but knowing how to do something for yourself is worth it, I believe. Cheers!
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Tyrssen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Add my "thumbs up" to your post.  You are appreciated!
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Tyrssen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Add my "thumbs up" to your post.  You are appreciated!
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SortenUld Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
People always assume that when you're good at something, you'll gladly give it away for free.
They're never giving it a thought that it might be time consuming to do!
It's the same if you're good at drawing. People always wants me to draw tattoo designs for them and they expect it to be free. Of course I can give away free designs for my friends, but not to anybody. I guess you feel the same way about yor patterns (which are absolutely amazing and first time I've stumbled upon usable patterns on the internet!).
What I'm trying to say, is that I know how you feel and I can only support you :)
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eqos Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) I don't understand that assumption, yet people make it all the time when they find something that they can't do and someone else can. It seems like, they should value the skill because they don't have it, but, no. A lot of artists of all kinds deal with this, I think.
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SortenUld Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you're right.
If I ever use one of your patterns, I'll take a picture and give you some credit :)
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eqos Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) I do love to see what people make with my patterns.
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SortenUld Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I bought some very nice green linnen at a viking market last weekend. I really should give your patterns a try for a new viking dress :)
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eqos Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Sounds lovely!
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SortenUld Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*usable viking/mideaval patterns* was it supposed to say!
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Alien-Exile Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First impression of this.... WELL SAID!
Second impression... it's been up a long time, it's quite sad that you got THAT many requests that you've had to leave it up.

I'm the first to admit I'm completely hopeless when it comes to art, but I try. I look at what others do and either try to recreate it just for the personal practice, or try to take inspiration from it to do my own thing, and I always credit where the original/inspiration came from. While I really do think that money causes so many problems and everything should be free and shared, I certainly don't think people should sit back and let everyone else do all the work for them. I know this is going to sound awful but it comes across as buying someone off and the currency used is flattery and niceness.

Anyway... (now for the flattery and niceness) I love your stuff. Amazing in their basic simplicity. I won't ever be able to use them to make anything, but they've given me a few ideas for reference for a story I'm working on. So thank you :)

Oh, and congrats on the DD for today. Really well deserved :D
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eqos Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for your lovely comments :) I'm glad that you do try things out and use inspiration. I respect people who try to do things for themselves.
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Alien-Exile Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :) I actually had to respect your honest and direct stance (which I noticed other people said that too).
I do think it's important to try... otherwise you may as well not bother starting in the first place.
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eqos Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Well said!
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Alien-Exile Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thank you.
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Everild-Wolfden Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Writer
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Well said!!

By the way, just wanted to say thank four your tablet weavng patterns - I'm just starting out, so finding it useful to see how to make a pattern, and how the threading of the cards relates to the final product.
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eqos Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome :) When I started weaving there were very few patterns online, so I quickly started drafting my own.
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devilkitten1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Love Your patterns! Just found them today while trying to draft a chemise! People can get books on pattern drafting online for free, or at the library. It's how I learned.
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eqos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Yeah, seems people don't want to try that hard. But I'm glad you like them!
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probablepossible Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I just discovered your patterns, andi want to thank you for them. Some of them are beautifully simplified solutions to things I've been making for years! I am using your instructions for a gored cape right this min ute and I am really looking forward to trying out your different pants patterns. And yes, i will get pics up. The cape-- I keep finding amazing, unconventional fabrics, and I am SO looking forward to seeing my posse wearing them
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eqos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Yes, capes are awesome :)
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Annalique Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
It makes me incredibly sad that you got pushed to the point of having to say this. The "give 'em an inch, they take a mile" cliche is so frustrating and it's disappointing when even among an artistic group of people, it rings true. You have completely made my day when I came across your patterns and it was the whole reason I agreed to a certain project. I, along with many here, sincerely appreciate that you share with us. If I do end up using your patterns, I'll happily show you what you helped me accomplish :)
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eqos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) Always good to feel supported.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry to read this just because it means you receive many requests to make a free custom patterns, and you're simply tired of this. Please, just ignore those people because they do not worth your time, they do not worth your answer! You shared a lot of free nice patterns already, that's more than enough! I create and share free patterns by myself - not for people but for dolls, so I know the amount of effort required to make one. :hug:
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eqos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) My two best friends sometimes use my patterns for their BJDs, but I don't know how they convert the pattern to doll size.
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Shidub Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont know you but i have respect for you after seeing this. I am a new person and i have found your patterns helpful. I will hopefully be able to use them soon and will share what i make. I just want to say thanks for the patterns you have shared. I appreciate them.
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eqos Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :) The majority of people on DA have been really grateful and nice to me. I look forward to seeing what you make!
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Titanica Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If people only could understand how how time consuming it is to make stuff! Perhaps stuff doesn't have to be very difficult to make, but it takes time. Everything takes time.

No, eqos. You are not mean at all. Just say no to them. I think it's rude to ask someone to do something for free in the first place.

Thank you for sharing your patterns. I think you are quite generous.
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eqos Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You're right, it is rude! I have to try to keep in mind that it's okay to be rude to someone who was rude to you first. (Maybe not the best way to deal with things, but sometimes the only way to get the point across.)
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Titanica Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I try not to be rude to people who are rude to me, because some people are just plain stupid, so they don't understand that they are being rude in the first place. ;)

I would say to them: "No, sorry. I don't work for free."
If they don't understand that and keep asking, I might get rude.

I found this cool t-shirt on Google images:
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eqos Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Artisan Crafter
To me, it feels rude to say, "No I'm not going to do it, and you can't convince me," so that's what I mean by being rude to rude people. But really, that is just assertiveness, so I shouldn't feel so bad about it.
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Titanica Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Exactly :thumbsup: :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional
it is cool

and thank you for the help you have given me
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Gwenyver-Costumes Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I hear you! I make costumes and I've been asked very often to make some for almost free. I've also been asked to send someone a custom pattern for a costume I had made for myself. People don't know how much work is required.
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were-were-wolfy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I didn't know you had that kind of requests.
I usually try to avoid having to pay for things, but I always do my own research for free stuff and I am always happy with what I get.
I don't understand people who can't even do their own research and try to force their ideas on others.
They just give all people using free things a bad reputation.
Just ignore them, they are not worth your attention. :hug:
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emortalcoil Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, you didn't offend me; what you wrote is perfectly sensible.

And speaking of sharing, I've been doing a tad more experimenting with cotton and rayon cheneille:

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Aldriona Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's not offending at all. You're completely right in everything you say. Sadly, it seems to be a point all artists have to get to at some point.
When we're young/beginners, we're usually so overjoyed that anyone would even consider our skill worthy of doing anything for them, so we gladly do whatever people ask of us.
But I think everyone reaches the point where they realise that it's too demanding/stressful/wasteful of time that could have gone into earning a living to give stuff to people for free, and I think everyone finds it difficult the first time they really put their foot down about it.
Difficult as it may feel, it is a sort of waypoint in developing as an artist since it means you've reached a new level with your work. You can at least feel happy about that. :)
(I had it myself a year or two ago. Nowadays the only one who gets to ask me to do work for free is my mother :D )
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ajthemistress Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are so right. My friend uses this saying all the time. If you are good at something, never do it for free.
It is your skill, if they want it so bad make them do it themselves or pay for it.

I am an accountant, and altho I do not work for a taxation company people are always asking me them to do their taxes for them. Family I will help but it gets to a point where it is like, I went to school and learned this, my hard earned money and time.
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