Friday, December 21, 2018


Hi everyone, it's almost Christmas, I hope you're all ready - I did all my shopping today!  

I have some urgent news for everyone who uses Craftsy.  I got a letter from them, along with every other designer - they're keeping my shop, but taking down patterns and I won't know which ones until they do it.  I don't like that they're taking control...but they've been a great place for designers for so long, I guess nothing lasts forever.  My urgent news is for you to RUN to your account, and download everything in your library - it may not be there in a few days!!!!

I have no idea if the patterns in your library will still be available after the changes.  Especially if you've purchased patterns, and never downloaded them, better head over there ASAP and get them!  Speaking for myself, I will not be able to scroll through hundreds of pages to verify your order, so will not be emailing patterns to anyone.

I know this is really short notice.  It is for us too.  I have no idea what will happen to Allie-oops Designs in the future - whether I'll find a different venue, or just stop designing patterns for sale.  I can safely say I won't stop designing,'s in my blood.  A lot of folks are moving to Etsy, which I won't do, you need a credit card to link to your account and I don't have one.  Plus, they charge a fee for every pattern.  My patterns are very low-cost, and after paypal fees I don't get much....add in etsy fees, and I'd get nothing.

I was going to start a new BOM in February, but that's completely on hold now.  I'll stitch it up and write it up, but whether it ever gets shared is a mystery right now.

In other news....yesterday was mum's birthday, she's 81!!  I took her shoe shopping.  I think she's happy!

Then I took her out to lunch, and for some birthday ice cream.  Again with the happy.

I have been stitching a bit in between work days.  I stitched up a couple of Kathy Schmitz patterns, one for mum, one for my aunt....

I think they'll approve.

Two ladies have sent me pictures of my patterns they're working on.  Jan is doing my Sweet Country set in redwork - I love it!!!!

By the way ladies, I've put my watermark on your pictures, not to take credit but so that anyone seeing them anywhere else will know where they came from.  Jan, I adore this in redwork!

And Brenda sent me pics of her Garden of Contentment quilt and dish towels she did, so gorgeous - 

Isn't that stunning?  And the quilting!!  Brenda says the quilting was done by Starlit Quilts in Bonney Lake, WA.  I wish they were close to me, lol, that's fabulous!

Brenda also did dish towels in both applique with embroidery, and just embroidery!

Those done with that variegated thread are gorgeous!  I told her I didn't think they'd look great in just embroidery, but I love them!!!!  Thank you Jan and Brenda, you've both blessed my socks right off!

Ok my friends, that's enough of a post to keep you busy for a few, sorry for being so long-winded....but after not posting for more than a month, I had a lot to say!  Especially after the shocking news from Craftsy....please, please remember to get over there and download your pattern library!!!!  And if there's any patterns you want, from any designer, not just me, better get them have until the 28th of December, although folks are reporting broken links already.  Yikes!!  

If I don't see you before Christmas, I wish you a very Merry Christmas - and a lovely, happy, shiny New Year!!!


***EDIT***  As a hobby designer, the changes at Craftsy affect me only minimally - but for my best blogging buddy, Jenny of Elefantz, this is her bread and butter.  Please, if you can, check out her shop and see if there are any designs you don't have that you would like - I'm praying for a rush on her shop that will carry her through this transition period.  Thank you!!!!!!


Jenny said...

I usually download patterns as soon as I buy them so no worries there. Though I did rush over & buy some of yours & Jennifer's (Elefantz) that I'd been admiring.

I love the redwork your friend is doing! I may need to go back & see if I have that pattern as well.

WoolenSails said...

I guess I better look at what I have, all free ones.
I use Ecrater, it is free to use and no fees. They only charged me twice, because the sales came from their advertising, so I had the choice whether to pay and let them continue to advertise for me which is worth it, since most come from my own word of mouth. The only fee you pay is the PayPal one. Your stitcheries are wonderful and others have done some beautiful work with your designs.

Merry Christmas!


Kathleen said...

Your mom looks great!! Happy birthday to her.
I like how those dish towels look with just embroidery. Very pretty.
Well, I'm surprised Craftsy hasn't sent out an email to everyone on their mailing list like they do when they want to sell their fabrics and classes. I would not have known about this without you and Jenny notifying us. I have a huge library of patterns and I have no idea which one's were free or which one's I paid for. Regardless, I don't want to lose them! Not nice Craftsy! I bet the paid and/or free classes I have will be next. They probably want to force everyone to their bluprint format.
Okay, I'm off that soapbox.

Fiona said...

Happy Birthday to my favourite other mother.... she looks wonderful. Love your stitching that you have done and also seeing your designs by others. I hope the shift in Craftsy goes smoothly...

Jeanette said...

Happy Birthday Mum. Looking wonderful. How annoying about Craftsy. Hope you can figure out something with your patterns. Have a Merry Christmas. Hugs, xx

Little Penpen said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!! She looks lovely. I'm sorry about the Craftsy thing for you guys. I wonder why they are choosing to do that? I see lots of pretty work in your photo's... glad you see you are still stitching, too. Are you still working? Merry Christmas!!

Cathy said...

Your Mum is looking good. She looks younger than her age. I've heard about the changes at Craftsy. I hope you don't loose too many patterns. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Hugs

Susan said...

Your mom looks great, I'm ten years younger, but she has more hair. LOL I'm very upset with Craftsy, and I already closed my user account - which I couldn't do. I had to ask them to do it! The original company was a good one, but I already didn't like NBC, and now I don't like them even more. I can't believe some of the shops they've chosen to close - just makes me sick. I hope you will try eCrater or one of the other shops. I used to sell threads from Wales on Etsy, and it's true there was a charge for each product, but it didn't seem like much to me. I haven't put anything up in a long time, so I don't know how it is now. I believe you could use a debit card, though, not just a credit card ... unless things have changed a lot. Maybe even a Paypal card on your already-have-it Paypal account?

Well, I know you will pray about it and make a wise decision. I hate to see you drop out of the market, though, and I hate what this is doing to other designers, too.

Yvonne said...

Happy birthday to your mom!
Beautiful stitcheries you have made, I am sure they are going to be loved.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful and creative new year!

Tammy said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom. I am so sad to hear about what Craftsy is doing to you and all the other designers. This is so unfair to you all.

Lin said...

Such a blow about Craftsy - I have been through my library and downloaded everything, just in case! Feeling very sorry for Jenny. Mum looks great - Happy Birthday Mum! My Mum will be 90 on the 5th Jan so we are having a family celebration on the 4th before I return to France. Your embroideries look great Allie as does all the work you showcased of your patterns. Sometime after Christmas when things have calmed down perhaps you could let me know how you put your watermark on your pictures? I have tried this in the past without success. Anyway, wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas. Lin xx


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