I have been thinking about this for a while now. Still, as I write this, I am not sure if I should.
One thing I know about tatters, ever since I join the tatting community, is that tatters are clever people. Some can just look at a picture of a tatted piece and can figure out the stitch count and reproduce the design as per the picture. This has happened to a few of my designs that I have posted pictures of in my blog or in my online albums.
While browsing through the many tatting blogs I sometimes come across designs that look so familiar, and realised that they are very much like the designs that I have shown somewhere. I read the post carefully to see of the designer of the tatting piece was mentioned anywhere. I just want to be sure, in case I may have come up with a design that has been created by someone else before I did. But I can't find it mentioned anywhere. Then I wonder, has the tatter reproduced it from my picture because I am very sure I have not published the pattern for it.
This is happening more frequently now. Well, some may think that it is a compliment that someone had taken a liking to my design and took great effort to count the stitches and make one very like it.
Okay, so maybe you'll think I am being selfish, but I am cutting down on the sharing a bit from now on. I will be tatting but I will not show the finished pictures of my designs. I will only do that if I chose to share the pattern publicly.
I don't know how long this will go on, maybe for just as long as I need to finish the next design out, who knows.
But for now, I am sad and I am disappointed.