When I taught myself rug hooking about 18 or 19 years ago, I purchased the book Basic Rug Hooking by Alice Beatty and Mary Sargent. One of the things that really appealed to me was the rug on the cover of the book. I thought the colors were gorgeous and I wanted to hook that rug some day! I made a few phone calls and eventually found a rug hooking store that sold this pattern, New Hampshire Antique, so I bought it. The description in the book said it was "too intricate for a beginner's first," so I saved it for when I would be a better hooker, but I never did anything with it. Lately, I've been thinking about digging the pattern out of my closet and finally hooking this rug. I still love everything about it! But way back when, it was only available on burlap. It's not even the really nice premium burlap, more of a flat, slubby angus burlap. So I worry about the age of the burlap (probably more than 20 years old) and the weight of the rug when it is finished. You see, it's a very large 42" x 81" size. It is too big to be hung on a wall so it will have to be used on the floor. I do not think the burlap can take the weight of the wool nor the wear and tear of walking on it.
So what can I do?
My best option is to retrace the pattern again on a piece of linen and hook it for my floor.
Wait! you say...you can't do that! What about copyright laws?
Actually, yes, I can redraw this again on a different backing and then hook it. Or I could use the original pattern for a template for a bed-size wool appliqué piece, if that is what I desire. Remember, I purchased the pattern and the obligation to the designer ended when I paid for it
I can only use it for one time/one use only, regardless of how I use it (remember in one of my previous posts, I mentioned that patterns drawn on backing are for one-time use only).
Here's the catch: if I decide to redraw it on a piece of linen (or use it for wool appliqué or any other medium), I am obligated to destroy the original pattern.
Why? Because I paid for one pattern and I can only use it once. In essence, to keep the original and the copy would mean that I have created two patterns. I only paid for one. I cannot resell the original, I cannot donate the original, I cannot hook the original for personal use as a second rug, I can't gift it to my guild, I can't use it as a door prize. That is where the copyright violation would be. You can't create two patterns from a single pattern and use both. Period. Amen.
I know this could be confusing and I have tried to explain it as best I can. Just remember: one pattern = one use.
I've been thinking about advice for rug camp again and I think I'll go back to that for my next post. Cheers!