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2012 Easter Egg by NevaSirenda 2012 Easter Egg by NevaSirenda
Here's this year's Easter Egg pattern. Enjoy! Happy Easter to those of the Christian persuasion; this is a Ukranian pattern in commemoration of my heritage and my grandmother who taught me how to do these eggs for real.

My original design, copyright me 2012. For personal use only; not for transmission, reproduction or sale.
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lovebiser Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely!!! I like it as well! Did you stitched it by yourself?
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NevaSirenda Mar 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
These actually are not stitched! I use a special design program that makes them look like they were stitched. That way my editors and I know what they are going to look like before we invest in getting my commercial designs professionally stitched.
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lovebiser Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know what do you mean. I myself create cross stitch patterns for 9 years. I embroidered myself some of them, and lot of them were embroidered by different people from different countries. I'd like to show you my web site, but ooops, just found that the English version was down by any reason. So I give you the direct link to the Gallery of ready works at my Russian version site. Skip all these names, language, just click onto the pictures to enter any gallery [link] I need to fix the English section... sorry. I also run my small etsy shop with some of my patterns. Yours are very good! You really can go forward for your own pattern business! Good luck! Hope, you don't mind if I'll embroider one or couple of your Eggs for my own collection. They're lovely!
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NevaSirenda Mar 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the link, you have some excellent work also! I especially like your 3-d patterns, that is something I have never tried.

I have been a professional designer for 18 years, currently I mostly sell my designs to magazines and publishers. I have thought of selling them through my Etsy store but I worry a lot about piracy (which pretty much destroyed the craft industry here). Do you do anything to make the patterns impossible for the buyer to copy/scan/transmit for free?

All my patterns here on DA are free to download and stitch, so enjoy! I'm trying to do at least one free pattern a month this year, so watch this space for more!
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lovebiser Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, I'm really impressed! I was thinking about to offer some of my designs to some magazines and publishers, but I do really don't know where to start. So after almost 6 years of designing of the patterns, I opened my little esty shop. I sell all my pattern in secured pdf files, when you only can view and print them. I guess it's a better way to keep them safe from piracy. Still, they still can print them and scan again. I have lot of free patterns which could be downloaded for free from my web site.
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NevaSirenda Apr 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I was lucky in that there were several cross stitch publishers based here in Georgia at one time and I worked for three of them in different capacities, so I got to know a lot of people in the industry. I have been lucky that many of them remembered me when I lost my job and have given me a lot of freelance work. The best advice I can give is to look at your favorite magazines and find the address of the main office and the name of the editor or design director. Make up a few original patterns that are similar to patterns they feature in their magazines (every magazine has its own style), print them out and mail them to the editor with a letter saying you are interested in submitting designs to them. (Don't send the same designs to several magazines; not only do they compare notes but if you sell the same design to two different places you can get in trouble!) They may buy the designs you send them or they may ask you to do special designs to fill a spot they need. Sometimes they will ask you to use a specific computer program or submit in a certain way. Follow all their requests, make changes if they ask you to, and ALWAYS meet their deadlines! If you are easy to work with they will send you lots more work! Good luck!
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Magical525 Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's wonderful :)
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NevaSirenda Apr 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Enjoy! -- and check my gallery for last year's too.
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Magical525 Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That one is really lovely too :D
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NevaSirenda Apr 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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