Here is my collection of Lynette Anderson's books, and I do love them all, even if I aired some frustration the other day, about patterns being scaled down in the last Christmas book.
I own ALL of Lynette's stitchery books, in case you wondered :-)
My first Lynette book is printed in 2000, so that is about how long I have loved and bought her patterns and I still do!
They are all excellent, and all the patterns in all the books are ready to stitch from, except for the last 3 books, where a lot of the patterns has been scaled down.
If you read closely, you also saw that this concerned someone else's books too, and after closer inspection, all books comes from the same publisher.
After airing my frustration on the blog, I thought the best thing to do was to address the publisher, but as I am more stitchery savvy than website savvy, I apparently ended up on a website that is no longer in use, and I was not able to submit my letter.
Instead I sent the letter to Lynette to forward to the publisher, and we have had a good dialogue since then.
Lynette has been very nice all the way.
Lynette is very very unhappy with the situation, as she was not aware of the troubles with enlarging patterns from books by photocopying.
Off course - she already has made the patterns full size, and that is how they are given on to the publisher.
Publishers are not stitchers or patchworkers, and have obviously not seen or understood the problem with reducing pattern sizes.
No one has approached Lynette with the problems before, and you can not correct something you are not aware of.
Now I trust that Lynette and her publisher will work everything out to the best!
Since I could not send my letter to the publisher, May Britt sent one to them, so they are also aware of the situation, and I trust that it will all be taken care of from now.
This is a very unhappy situation for all parties, and it seems like a lot of people has taken the opportunity to flame Lynette.
I feel so embarrassed on your behalf
if you have felt free to flame Lynette because of a blog post I wrote!
Since this publisher has been doing a lot of stitchery and quilting books over the years, I thought this could not be the first time the problem with enlarging has been up, but right now it looks like that is the case.
Let me emphasise - the patterns needing to be enlarged is only a concern for the last 3 books - not for the previous books, not for any BOM program, not for any pattern!
Some of the patterns in the last 3 books are also full size, in case you wondered.
Here is about 2/3 of my Lynette Anderson pattern collection, and they are all Perfect through and through :-)
The pile is 9" tall, and I know I have more patterns around the house :-)
The reason I approached Lynette with the enlarging problems in her latest books is that I so want to do her stitcheries, and I have no way to enlarge patterns in a good way on my A4 domestic copy machine.
If there ever is a next time that I am unhappy with something in patterns, I will not hesitate to address the designer or the publisher directly.
Let no one think that someone is trying to make us unhappy on purpose -
the most glitches are down to not knowing or not thinking the same way we do.
Let's pick up our stitcheries and enjoy some creative time, wherever we are.
As the generous people I know you are, send Lynette a big hug!
I am looking forward to stitch Lynette's designs for many many years!
Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things. ~Author Unknown