Stores such as John Lewis, Selfridges, even Harrods, are displaying items which look home crafted, but aren't. Many products are merely copying the ingenuity of people like ourselves on sites such as this. Our unique designs are regularly copied, then replicated in factories in India or Taiwan, and we all know about the working conditions in these places. This happens with online homemade products as well.
Protecting your unique homemade designs is essential – if you see something that you have created offered for sale, then get on the case immediately, imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but it is may also wipe out your bottom line. All the designs I have created for RosMadeMe are unique, and anyone who tries to pass them off on their own will be in trouble. Making something yourself has no comparison, especially if creating something for a friend, and aimed directly at them. They will love you forever.
Artisan designers are enjoying a new wave of interest, and deservedly so. Websites like Etsy and Folksy, offering retro or artisan products, are overwhelmed with the creativity that is going on. Hand spun yarns and fabrics are at the forefront, as we all search for something unique, which is made with a lot of thought, love and care.