Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Rave And A Rant

I've been in a cross stitch samplers kick lately and below sampler pattern has been in my list for so long I cannot remember.  Then I recently got it, thanks to my sister's brother-in-law who brought it from the States.  What I rave about is how Tanya, the designer of The Scarlett House, provided in the pattern the DMC conversion to the specialty threads being called for.  I thanked her in my Instagram account and she replied by saying that she "always try to offer a conversion to DMC, as she feels it is a good starting point for stitchers to pick their threads of choice" (her words).  Such a very considerate designer.  

This is Rachel Howells sampler by The Scarlett House:

Tanya is so professional and kind, very different from the designer (Brenda Gervais) of With Thy Needle and Thread patterns, and this is where my rant comes in, who didn't even bother to answer my messages about thread conversion in one of her patterns.  First, when I received the pattern, I emailed the listed website in the pattern twice and they just ignored my email.  Second, I looked for the designer's Facebook Page to where I sent her two messages and I didn't receive even a single reply of "Sorry I cannot help you".  Before writing this rant, I was contemplating so hard whether I should mention here the pattern company and designer,  but since she/they are not considerate why I should I bother considering them.  And also, this may serve as a warning to others who wanted to buy this company's patterns but don't have access to specialty threads.  I have so many of their patterns in my list of "To Buy", but I just deleted everything from them.  They should remember that there are so many designers in the industry that they should know how to take care of customers.  Oh well... lesson learned:  not to buy anything from them.

This is all for now.  Sorry, I know that it's been long since my last post and here I am ranting...

Post note (10/23/14)

I received some emails from fellow stitchers (and wanted to thank them)  suggesting that I search the web for DMC conversions to specialty threads.  I did that when I received the pattern and before writing the company/designer.  I would not write them if I have found a conversion.  Actually, I have so many conversion lists on my computer which I have saved years ago.  


Claudette497 said...

Sing it, sister! I understand that as a designer you may prefer the look of specialty threads, but I thinks it's part of the job to make a DMC conversion anyway, especially since the hand-dyed, boutique threads never look the same from one dye lot to next. Ask me about the cotton candy pink I got that was supposed to be peach! I just pick colors I like at this point, but it does rankle if I can't get a clue from the designer.

rosek1870 said...

Rant anytime my friend! I hate when you have to search for a DMC conversion. I think it should be on every pattern. I seem to have lost my blogging mojo. See you on Facebook and thanks for the compliment!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Sometimes you can find conversions to DMC for certain overdyes on-line if you Google it. Also, I know that DMC puts out a color card which might be helpful in picking a DMC color--just compare it to the photo of the model. Not that you should have to do either, but it might be helpful.

Love your new sampler from The Scarlett House!

Kim said...

Lovely sampler sis, but I do get how you feel.

You would think the designers would want to make their patterns accessible to as many people as possible!!
After all, otherwise they're the ones who lose possible sales.

It would be such a small thing for them to do a conversion, but would open up their designs to so many people.

Their loss!!

Hope you are well Toni, what do you think of the new TV channel?? Isn't it amazing?

I never got an email to the account. So I'm going to just send you a quick email from it to see if you receive mine. Hope it works!!

Take care, lots of love and hugs
x x x x

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

I understand entirely! It's extremely expensive for me to get the specialty threads Sent here and there are some Australian hand dyes I'd love to use instead if I could get an idea of colour from dmc threads it would make my life easier.