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|12-07-2007, 11:09 PM||#1|
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selling fretwork / making patterns
Hello, I have done quite a lot of fretwork pieces this year and have given them away for gifts or kept them for myself. Well, now that people have seen my work they would like me to make some for them.I have a good idea what i would charge but here is the potential problem, everything that i make comes from an assortment of pattern books. I have made a lot of projects from Speilmans and Nelsons books etc.... Can i legally sell these creations if they come from someone elses pattern. I know that I can't sell the patterns but what about the finished product? Also, how do people make their own patterns? Do they use purely software or draw everything by hand? I just want to do things the right way.Thanks, JB
|12-08-2007, 03:17 AM||#2|
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Check the copyright statement in the book. Most will allow you to sell some of the projects you make. Many use the copyright to protect the patterns themselves.
There is the odd pattern supplier that does claim copyright on the finished product too but I am not sure how this stands up in court.
As for patterns, both techniques are used.
Sometimes I sketch my ideas in pencil and other times I go straight to the PC.
There are some good software programs that can help make patterns but most experienced pattern makers soon realize there is more to making a good pattern than just turning on the computer and feeding a picture in.
I think most pattern makers really do enjoy the tinkering and tweaking knowing they are producing something others will use.
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|12-09-2007, 10:06 AM||#4|
Also, how do people make their own patterns? Do they use purely software or draw everything by hand?
In talking to Nelson and Boelman I think both draw all of their patterns by hand on a drafting board. Neither one uses a computer to help with drawing patterns.
I have drawn over 2000 old victorian fretwork patterns but I use Corel Draw 9 to draw my patterns.
So either way can be considered a method for drawing patterns. It is just whichever way you can do it.
|12-14-2007, 01:16 PM||#5|
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a few years back after buying a Speilman Book I e-mailed them with the same question and they said I could sell the finished project, not the pattern and it would be nice but not necessary to give the designer credit.
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