Jan 27, 2014

Something to think about

Greetings.  Got snow?  It's really getting old isn't it?  Anyway, an update on the horses.  I heard back from the very nice owner at the same time the inside photo of the purse was sent to me from Pinterest pins.  The chart will not be for sale or share because I am honoring her request.  You still have Primitive Needle's chart of it!  It was sold from a museum years ago and she feels that stitchers recreating it would decrease its value.  I know that many of you will disagree because an original sampler will continue to increase in value, even though it has been finely reproduced into a chart, and many times because of the exposure and popularity.  But they are her ponies.  What would your position be if you paid for a pricey one of a kind stitchery?  Would you be upset that others can recreate it for so little, or would you not care?  Myself, I would have to think about it.  Maybe I would feel like the queen with diamonds in my gold tiara, while you peasants had rhinestones in plastic.  Maybe not.  Since I'm not in this quandary, I don't have an answer.  And if I did, you know I would change my mind weekly.  So I will be featuring a different project (as soon as I choose one - here we go again!).
A sad story. My sister and I are really upset about her little raccoon Mickey.  This little guy showed up a few months ago, is very small, and has no usable front legs.  He walks on his hind legs and without the front, can't forage for food.  She feeds him twice a day under her car and her son shovels a path in the snow to their shed under which he lives.  Two days ago, he took her car and a mile down the road, Mickey fell out of wherever he was hiding, and jumped into the ditch, then hopped into the brush.  He saw this in the rear view mirror and immediately knew it was Mickey.  Chris went back after his appointment and tried to follow Mickey's tracks which showed he was trying to get under a maintenance shed behind a rest area off of I-80.  With all the brush and briars, fresh snow, and Chris being at work, he hasn't found him.  We're sick about it.  This little guy can't survive without help, can't climb a tree, and has no shelter.  I know Mother Nature can be a real bitch, but when you take care of a little visitor looking for handouts every day, it's even harder to accept. 
And it's snowing again.  The blast is coming back.
The cats are having a ball inside and even though I am letting them out for fresh air and running, they come back inside to use the litter box.  Brats.  Squeak has been in the lighted box for two nights now.  Of course the brats are not one bit happy about it.

So think about it - what would you do about your pricey piece?  I'm curious to hear how needleworkers feel about owning an antique.  Not your opinion - your decision if approached.

Take care and stay safe. 
Thanks for all the hand products info and
thanks for the visit!

17 comments:

backporchcarver said...

No matter how many reproductions there were out there I don't feel they would de-value my original, and I would feel kind of like what you said, I got the diamond and they got the rhinestone!Actually, aside from feeling pretty darn smug, I'd feel kinda honoured.So so sorry to hear about the little racoon, nature can be what we feel is so unfair.It is heartbreaking.

Primitive Stars said...

Oh Marly, poor little Racoon, feel so bad. So nice of them to take care of the sweet baby.....nice to know people care about wildlife, Blessings Francine...got to much dang snow!!!!!!!

Vickie said...

Just don't know about the horses.
Yes, that is sad about the raccoon.
Kids are home from school today and tomorrow because of this bitter cold weather. ugh.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

I don't think I'm nuts. I just love all animals and I will pray for Mickey.

Peace & Blessings to all,
Barb

Lanie said...

hmmm such an interesting topic! Being a reproduction sampler enthusiast, I have pondered this before. Clearly the reproductions will never be mistaken for the original but how does the value hold for those samplers that have been reproduced. Would be interesting to put this question to any professionals/curators.

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Poor little Mickey and it's so sweet that your sister and family helped make his life better while he was around their house.
Now about the sampler, I say what's the issue with people copying the original sampler? I'd be honored that others loved it enough to want to copy it while I gazed at the original. I think it would make the original more valuable since it would be recognizable. But hey what do I know since I'm sure all my hard work will be sold at a garage sale after I'm gone for pennies.
Donna

Margaret said...

I totally respect the owner's decision. Although I wish it were otherwise, selfishly. I'm so sorry about the little raccoon. So sad. :(

Barb said...

Poor little raccoon! Now on to the question. I am trying to copy an old sampler. I would be very happy to share it. However, it is not valuable. The old sampler is pretty beat up. I hope I would still share but maybe you would have to be in those shoes to know exactly how you would feel.

Judy said...

Now that's a question! I can cetinally see the owner's point. I am not sue it would lessen the value of her original. Is it a one of a kind? If so, I'd say she would have that right. If not, then it would probably be fair game. When designers sell reproduction samplers, do they own the original? It would be interesting to know the legal aspect of this.

Judy Heartland stitcher


Maggee said...

Poor little racoon! It takes a lot to reproduce an older sampler. Ann and Pat at Dyeing to Stitch and R&R Reproductions would be able to enlighten you on this subject. You should give the shop a call. Hugs!

Melody said...

First of all, so sad about the little raccoon! Poor thing.

We see people copy old samplers all the time and sell the charts. I wouldn't feel they were devaluing my original I don't think. I think I would feel more flattered they liked it so much, and in my mind, I would know I had the original.

JodiBlonde Fletcher said...

I'm not sure how I would feel if I had an antique sampler but I can understand the owners opinion. Like you I would change my mind every time I thought about it. I do hope the little raccoon can be found. My terrible neighbors released their pet rabbit into their yard and think it can survive on dried grass. It lives under their house now and we feed it rabbit food every day.

Mugwump Woolies said...

I have been collecting a few red antique samplers to put in a grouping on my wall. They were not inexpensive. I think I would be "not so happy" if all of a sudden I saw them everywhere after I spent a lot of money to have a one of a kind work. A few years ago I bought a hooked rug that I believed to be a one of a kind...it was not cheap. After awhile the artist sold the pattern so now that rug is out there in multiples. I think it's fine if an artist sells their original work, but if they intend to sell the pattern they should say so, so that the buyer of the original knows the piece is not one of a kind.
Robyn

Merry Wind Farm said...

Poor little Mickey the raccoon. I'm so sorry about that. I'm disappointed that you can't reproduce the two horses, I wonder why that other designer was able to. I have 5 or 6 antique samplers, and I am struggling away with reproducing my first one right now. The way I look at it, if I can recoup a little money, thats a good thing. But if money was no object, I might feel differently.
Melinda

Theresa said...

It is standard protocol to not reproduce a sampler unless you have the permission of the person who owns it. I heard a story a few years back of one designer who saw a picture online, reproduced the sampler, and in the meantime, that sampler had been purchased by another designer who planned to do the same thing. You can see where that would get tricky.

Museums are often paid a fee/donation to allow someone to reproduce a sampler. I'm not sure it decreases the value of a sampler, but you can imagine if someone took pictures of your kids or pets, made them into greeting cards, and was selling them to make money. You might get a little miffed! ;)

Penny Shepherd said...

That's a hard one Marly. I am generous to a fault and would probably welcome reproductions but like you I might change my mind regularly. I don't think my original would be de-valued. And isn't every piece stitched even from others designs still one of a kind? Since none of us stitch exactly the same. Where do you get your coffee? I probably went there while I was living in PA.

Catherine said...

Aaww...that poor raccoon! Perhaps some other kind folks will have found him and care for him.
As for the sampler, I would respect the owner, and like Margaret, wish the decision was different.

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