I’m still overwhelmed, and while many may have heard what Craftsy has chosen to do with there designers in the pattern area I never thought the changes would be so drastic as I found out today when 622 of my patterns were deleted.
Basically, a week ago, all the designers received emails that Craftsy would be changing things, that those who were chosen were deemed a “Top Designer” and would get to stay with Craftsy. Yes, Craftsy is my main selling shop and I love selling there, but it’s not like I was making a fortune either or even a small fortune for that matter. While I do get to stay many designers lost their shops altogether. We don’t know what the criteria was in order to stay or be removed, nor were we told how drastic the deletion of our patterns would be except that they would be reducing the number of patterns. I am lucky, I do have most of my patterns on Payhip, but the double commissions at Payhip are a killer. So I’ve dropped everything to work on the cart I set aside last year and get a cart working on my site.
I was away this week so while I have been online and working I was still visiting with my sister. My niece got engaged on Christmas day to her longtime boyfriend and it was a nice Christmas when all said and done.
Designers are not the only ones who are affected by the changes. However, while you as a customer can still download your patterns your pattern library looks very different now than it did yesterday.
Yesterday, you could still see a picture of the item, and it gave a title, but this is no longer the case.
This is how your Craftsy pattern library looks now.
No pictures, no titles of the pattern. When you click where the image should be, it will download the pattern, but you have no idea what pattern you’re even getting, so it’s a bit of a guessing game.
However, you can search still by the designer’s name. There are two ways to achieve this:
you can type in the name of the designer or their business name or
Go to the Filter By section and look under the Store Name. The cool thing about this is that they even tell you how many patterns you have purchased or received freely from that designer.
This makes it a little easier for you to find patterns from certain designers.
In the meantime, your favorite designers won’t be able to upload new patterns to Craftsy’s pattern areas, you’ll have to visit their sites or other shops to download their patterns. Craftsy won’t give us a date, they are simply saying sometime in later 2019. I think by that time many designers will have moved on to different sites that offer patterns.
I can promise you these changes have greatly stressed every designer affected by these changes. Many including myself are scrambling to get another option in place. For me, I still want to release a Sue/Sam next week and I have a new cupcake pattern. At the moment they will go up on Payhip only. I have not given up on Craftsy, and probably won’t, but I am dismayed over the changes at the moment and I do wonder what changes are in store for all of us.
In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed New Year. As 2019 approaches next Tuesday, I am reminded of all the blessings I do have. I have my family, my friends, and you, those of you who visit me here at my blog and therefore I am hoping for you a wonderful year of treasures and happiness to be fulfilled in your own lives.
Happy New Year,
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