Well hello there! If you attempted to visit the site the past few days you may have gotten a 404 message saying the website was ‘Forbidden’. While that certainly adds some sexy danger to my image, it was the result of a site takedown notice from none other than Mariella Shearer, aka The Hare Moon, aka EbayUK’s bythelightofthemoon, aka Etsy’s toknittowoo. Here’s the truly hilarious part – she asked that the site, the entire site, be taken down because I ‘stole’ one of her images. ‘Stole’ it to use – wait for it – in a post demonstrating how she’d very clearly stolen the image from me.

So, to restate – my site was taken down for 5 days because this blatant, unrepentant thief had the sheer balls to claim I stole her image in a post demonstrating “her” image was a badly photoshopped rip from my site.

I’ll wait a moment to let the uproarious laughter die down.

Now, I’ve already called her out for her theft. I’ve made the majority of the vintage knitting community quite aware of it. And I’m pretty sure anyone who reads the post that caused all this bother would agree that the image is clearly stolen. However, we are living in a fearful and litigious society, and while I have generously (and many have warned me, foolishly) shared these patterns with you all, she is selling them. That she stole them from my and several other sites is moot. Because she’s selling them I am ‘infringing on her livelihood’ and therefore I, the one providing content, am the one the hammer comes down upon. Angry Jim wrote a full summation of the situation on his site, including her full contact information, which I’m also reposting below should anyone wish to get in touch with her concerning their own stolen images being sold, or perhaps their sites being threatened with takedown notices for pointing this out.

While I dearly enjoy knitting, this site is far more for me than just a place to share patterns. It’s the platform from which I’ve chosen to speak to the public, a full compendium of over 5 years worth of writing, worrying, animated gifs, research and yes, free patterns. That someone would dare threaten all that over something so petty, not to mention backwards, speaks to an avaricious and narrow mind.

She actually signed a document reading “I, the undersigned, do solemnly declare that the image represented at the following website address is my creation, my intellectual property and copyright and I have not given authorization to anyone, including the owner of rarerborealis.com, to use or display it.” Well, if badly cutting and pasting an image onto a new background and slightly changing its color makes it yours, then I’d like to share some more of my own personal, copywritten, totally my own and not anyone else’s vintage images:

Before Ms. Shearer runs to the nearest keyboard to type out yet another infringement claim, I’d like to point out these follow THE EXACT parameters she’s claimed make the images she stole from ME, HERS. Calling me out will by the same stroke invalidate her own threadbare claims. As an additional gauntlet thrown down, I’d like to ask Ms. Shearer to see a photo, ANY photo, of the vintage knitting books she’s culled her ‘digital scans’ from. I’m more than happy to share photos of my collection; IN FACT, this week I’ll be giving away some duplicates I have in my physical, non-imaginary vintage knitting collection that really exists!

Ms. Shearer claims I have infringed her copyright. Well, she has infringed on my now-lessened belief in the decency and thoughtfulness of humanity by persisting in her greedy, dishonest ‘business’ venture. If anyone out there feels similarly, please do let her know. Also, please do link to and repost this; I would love it if one of the first things that came up searching for vintage patterns was a warning away from her sites.

Mariella Shearer
Telephone number: +44 (1424) 819224
email addresses: mariella@coolers.fsbusiness.co.uk mariellashearer@yahoo.co.uk
39 Station Road
East Sussex
TN40 1RG

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  1. Well thrown gauntlet.


  2. It is like the more I find out about this women, the more I hate her.

    I would strongly urge anyone against buying from her. She is obviously making a lot of money out of doing very little, such an unpleasant person to deal with as well.


  3. Ooh that vile, little, half rate, two penny, thieving harlot!

    …Ahem. Please excuse my language.

    That makes no sense! How dare she! To steal and sell the patterns and then, upon all other crimes, demand that YOUR site be taken down when she has, quite clearly, taken from you??? Ooh if I could only replace her hair rat with a live rodent!

    You have thrown the gauntlet very well. I am just glad that your site is back up (not that I have commented before, but I do enjoy your site so much!).

    I look forward to when karma turns around and bites her in the ‘you-know-where’!

    Until then, keep your chin up and know that you have lots of support, dearie! Also, I’m willing to bet that she has more than a little mail coming her way!


    1. Thank you exceedingly; I thought for a second the blinding rage I experienced might just be me overreacting. I figured the best workaround to blatant thievery would be to post patterns I actually created, so copyright would be a little more easily determined. Let us all look forward to the future! Which I actually picture as looking like the 40s for the next 2 seasons, then switching to a mash-up of 20s haberdashery and 80s shoulderpadded tops. Huzzah!


    2. There are so many infringements on her ebay site and they do nothing – everybody should report these – search for thomas in patterns for her on ebay – so many duplicate listings !!!!! – and all of the listings give her address as silver street dursley – is this correct or wrong ?


      1. Oh, Ebay’s done something recently. It took me a while but I finally set up a VeRO account (Ebay’s Fraud Squad), and it currently appears her store is EMPTY. EMPTY! Hah.


      2. The address is correct just placed it again here.

        The name is actually
        Donna Sims not as mentioned before please pass this on as I had her buy 10 of my digital downloads on etsy, mainly sewing patterns I drafted myself with original out of copyright material in my collection. and she’s been systematically manipulating the images and listing them on ebay as her own. Apparently they are all from an ex sewing circle! And I’m not the only one her ebay shops are full of other peoples material.

        donna sims
        24a silver street
        dursley, Gloucestershire GL114ND
        United Kingdom


        1. Thank you so much for sharing – this horrible person’s been stealing people’s hard work from all over and I’d like her blacklisted from eBay and the crafting community at large.


        2. I just did a search on this women’s email address and got to your website. She bought almost 30 patterns from me (vintage e-patterns) in the last 3 weeks and I thought it was odd that someone would buy so many at one time. Most are copies of my original (public domain) vintage patterns that I’ve collected over the years (lots of time and money) and a few are actual original patterns that I designed. I will be keeping an eye on her websites and I will let you know if she starts selling them as her own. Why do people have to be so lazy & dishonest?


          1. I don’t know, perhaps it’s easier or more fun than doing the right thing? I’m sorry to hear your site got scraped as well. If she’s hosting your patterns on her site, you can always do what she did to me: Contact whoever’s hosting her site (you can use these guys or these guys to see who’s running her servers) and contact them directly about her hosting stolen material. If it’s anything like my experience, they’ll send her a request to prove the material’s hers and if she can’t, down the site goes (in hopeful theory).

            On the positive side, you found my website through her deviousness, and I was alerted about it by Bex and other vintage pattern dealers. It seems we’re a tight-knit crew who rolls deep when someone pulls something sneaky, which I think outweighs the bad apples.


          2. That IS a positive way of looking at it! I’ve been doing this for over 10 years, and she is the FIRST to do this – that is saying A LOT about this community of “crafters.” I used to put “watermarks” all over my material, but stopped doing it because I trust everyone so much now!

            I really enjoyed reading through some of your posts – Fun! and Funny! – so I am glad I found YOU through this!

            I did write an email to her asking her not to re-sell my stuff – I have yet to hear back from her….
            Thanks again!