Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry Crochetmas!

For three days only, we are auctioning a very unique, very primitive snowman! Sue Aucoin hand crocheted this snowman out of 100% spun wool, and then put him through a process know as felting, fulling and or boiling wool. This process shrinks the piece giving it a more solid, thicker effect. SNoWMaN is 18" tall from the top of his hat to the tips of his toes and he is thread jointed in his arm and legs. He doesn't just hang from wire on his back, he'll also sit. His face is embroidery.. and a little shading added for detail. His hat is stitched on. He wears a fabric collar. SNoWMaN brings with him his Christmas tree and WiSH sign. He has been made to look passed down. This quality-made, unique item is a perfect addition to any primitive décor, which we hope will be treasured for years to come. Hurry before he's gone! Merry Christmas and thanks for your consideration!

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Annual Pattern Sale!

It's that time of year again! Right now the patterns offered on our website are on sale for just $8.00!! Patterns will be available at this discounted price from Nov. 29th-Dec. 4th. These patterns are great for even novice crocheters! It's a breeze to buy your favorite pattern, and takes no longer to order than it'll take you to eat your favorite Christmas cookie! You can find many more patterns like the one below on our website, so go ahead and take a peek!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Winter in the Works.

We can't help but still be hung-up on Autumn, soaking in the comforting aromas and inspiring colors. But, we have managed to make time preparing for winter and getting in the mode for everything Christmasy and cheerful.

This is a peek of the types of wearables you can expect from Thread Bears® this upcoming winter season. Chunky or aran knits, multitudes of cables, and cheerful colors are in the works! Rhonda Potteet had made this Pomegranate-hued, Pompom Cabled Cap for her daughter to get into Winter-mode.

We'll keep you posted for when you can expect knits like these, along with festive home décor and one of a kind thread crocheted bears from Thread Bears®. If you would like to view Rhonda's other Autumn creations, you may do so here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

All about Autumn.

To us, Autumn is all about pumpkins, spicy colors, warm beverages, and cozy knits. Sue Aucoin's newest PRiMiTeDs bear encompasses everything that we believe this season has to offer.

Please meet CHai-T with his creamy, pumpkin pin cushion!
This small bear (5" tall) is fully jointed and fulled/ felted from 100% wool and slightly weighted. His chai-colored fur was hand-dyed and shaded for a more unique look. He even has a hand-embroidered face. He is keeping the chill away with his cable knit, cinnamon stick-hued scarf, which was handmade from acrylic by Rhonda Potteet. His scarf is pinned on so it doesn't blow away in the Autumn breeze!  He comes with his own slightly-weighted, cream-colored pumpkin pin cushion that is 3" in diameter and has the rustic letters of "fall" stitched to it. CHai-T is pinned/posed atop his pumpkin. This bear has been made to look passed down -- A perfect addition to any primitive collection!
You may view him here.

Be sure to check when we have our newest wearable knits available, as well!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

It is finished.

Our contest is over and we've had opportunity to put our side of the story out there in doing so. Now that it is finished, we will not be allowing Bobbie, Berta, or any of their friends to give their misinformation and lies on here anymore. We will only allow the truth from now on.

To Berta: Anything you pay your lawyers to say to us is irrelevant. If you are going to share what your lawyers say, why not forward on what they have said to you. We want to see that your lawyer(s) gave you permission to use our marks. Clearly, they haven't given you permission.
And, to all of Berta's friends: how does it feel knowing that you donated for her to initiate litigation with us when she apparently couldn't afford to, though she was somehow able to do all of the of travelling from her country to ours at that time?

How do you feel knowing that know she can afford two lawyers right now?

So, this is our summary of the discrepancies which were pointed out in the contest, in addition to a few other points we want to make very clear.
  • We have shown you that I never went after Berta, she did all of the attacking. After my first contact with her, which was a complimentary email (as they stated), she had done nothing but attack my character and maligned me all of these years with collectors, artists, and even the USPTO.

  • We have shown that we were in business a lot longer before Berta was. In their statements, Berta's implied that she was the first to offer these products, and her friends tried to argue that we weren't creating these items before her, but they never included any evidence to support their arguments, even though we gave them opportunity to do so on our blog.

  • We have shown you that Berta has attempted to take credit for our accomplishments, because being the first in collectibles is important. We are not claiming to be the first to crochet or even crochet bears. However, the idea of miniatures that are jointed and crocheted out of thread, we were the first to bring these out on the internet and in magazines that we know of.

  • The contest also shows that Berta wasn't the first to call her crocheted bears "thread bears," though for some reason she feels entitled to it. And it has never really been about "thread teds," it has always been about "thread bears."

  • Berta has copied me and has made it look like she did it first with any idea I had. For example, the contest shows that I sold patterns for these items many years before Berta was even making them, and I even gave many patterns away, though I have been called greedy. And though Berta was aware of my prior pattern sale, she has claimed to be the first to create and sell patterns. She even had people buy my patterns, and one person even asked me to not list another and she put me off, just so Berta could have time to list her pattern.

  • As far as disclaimers and our trademarks are concerned...the contest shows that Berta and her friends had four different lawyers tell them that they are infringing on our rights if they use "thread bears" in any way because it IS registered, whether or not it's disclaimed in another trademark. Berta and her friends argue that those aren't really lawyers, but we've provided links for you to go to those websites and check their credentials. Even though those lawyers told Berta that legally she can't use the phrase, she has relied on Bobbie's interpretations, even though Bobbie has no credentials or experience with ownership. We have yet to hear whether or not HER lawyer(s) gave her permission to use OUR trademark(s). These lawyers had confirmed everything we've said, including that anyone can use "thread teds" because it is not registered. This also shows that we were not trying to absorb Berta's business, as she has accused us of. We applied for this mark to prevent her from using "thread bears" because she would then be infringing on two marks.

  • Everything done in this contest was done in defense. I hadn't said anything about these issues for years because I thought that these women would stop if I just ignored them. We fought back in litigation, and even gave Bobbie opportunity on our blog to tell everyone the truth about her misinformation and misunderstandings about trademark law. But, I realized they would only stop if they were made to stop. Hence, our contest began.

God lead us to have this contest to get the truth out there in a very creative way, using their own words, which lead people here to finally read the truth for themselves. And we hope that from this, people would take into consideration the things they say (even on the internet), and learn to read things for themselves. To not just take others' words for it. To do the research yourselves. And, because we had faith that this was all in God's hands, that He was the one leading us in this, we believe he is going to continue to bless our business. We are thankful of what we have learned in this, learning to stand firm on doing what's right and that's never wrong to present the truth. We are also thankful for the friends that we have made in this who have also shared their experiences with us.

We hope that people will move on and everybody get back to business and ignore the nastiness that's been brought on by these women.  They've attempted to destroy our business and make us look like we didn't want competition when we know that competition builds business. It makes people want what we are making. And as we've said before, we can't meet the demands for these items by ourselves. We are going to continue to add more snippets of their public comments to all of the contest sections (which can be found on the previous posts in the archive) and to the Gossipers page, just to clarify other things that we've been accused of, if anyone is interested in knowing the whole truth. Those who don't care about knowing the truth, well that's their problem. If everyone would have stopped willfully infringing and giving false information about trademark law, this would've ended.

We are going to continue to do business as usual and make new items, and we will also continue to police all of our trademarks. Anyone using them will be removed because we will protect what is ours.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Section 5 Answers!

This contest has ended.
Contests I and II have ended. These prizes are no longer available.
We are happy to announce that this portion of the contest is over, and the winner (who has chosen to remain anonymous) has been notified, so if you didn't hear from us, sorry you didn't win!!
In post 1 Bobbie says that you've never explained your disclaimers, but in post 2, you explained what the disclaimers meant. Bobbie did know about it, because she commented on the same topic in post 3.
In post 8 Bobbie says that any artist using thread bear isn't encroaching on Thread Bears®, but in posts 5-7, three different lawyers said:
-if you make these products, you can't call them THREAD BEARS
-if you market yourself as "thread bears" it may be infringement,
-and that the trademark owners have the right to police "thread bears."
Post 1: Bobbie's most recent comment on our blog in regards to disclaimers from 10/3/13 

Post 2: Our comment on Teddy Talk in response to a Berta's topic about our disclaimers.

Post 3: Bobbie's comment on that same discussion
To view this whole discussion, you may do so here.
Post 4: A publicly posted question asked by Berta's friend, Debbie

Posts 5-7: Lawyers' Responses to Debbie's question

  If you would like to see this discussion in full, you may do so here.
Post 8: Another excerpt from Bobbie's comment on here from 10/3. She's quoting our statement in the first line
Additional Info:
Berta had publicly asked a lawyer this question 7 months ago (we've pulled this post out of our final section of the contest, below. Berta is the 'Customer' and KKPC is the lawyer):
We should also point out that she asked her question right after we had clarified what disclaimers are on Teddy Talk (posted in the last section of contest).
Now, Berta has commented on the contest and posted a disclaimer to this answer she received. She is trying to down-play the validity of this answer. However, it does need to be noted that KKPC IS a lawyer and is qualified to give the answer: 
Also, we should note that she even PAID for the answer: 
So yes, she may have received a disclaimer for this answer. The disclaimer just stresses to the customer that this lawyer is not legally bound to represent in any proceedings. These lawyers are truly lawyers.

Which brings us to our next point. Berta has a lawyer listed on her trademark application. So, why hasn't she asked him about disclaimers??

Well, we are sure she already has the information, since we have already contacted her lawyer. And, we know he forwarded the information and clarified things, because it is what her lawyer would do. And, since she knows the truth, why has she continued to lie about it for the last 7 months??
If you would like to read this entire discussion, you may do so here. 
See the results of the extra credit on the Gossiper's Page.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Section 4, Contest II

If you didn't hear from us, sorry, you didn't win this week!
In post 1 Berta says that she became well known since she started selling on Ebay in 2000, but in post 3, her earliest Ebay feedback is from 2001.
In post 2, Berta says that she started selling "thread bears" in 1999-2000, but her earliest ad (since she didn't show any other) from 2001 shows that she was selling sewn bears when Sue was selling crocheted bears in the same magazine.
In post 5 it shows Sue was selling patterns and collectibles as early as 1995 in commerce and her earliest feedback is before Berta's, but Berta leads people to believe she was the one to bring "a whole new bear to collectors," as shown in post 2. Even though she admits in post 2 that when she started "there was not even a hand ful thread animal artist) and I'm proud of that." Proud of what?
We are giving Berta an opportunity to show evidence for her earliest advertisement of thread artist bears, since she has stated that the evidence we provided wasn't her "first" announcement, just her "newest." It is what it is, but we'll give her an opportunity. So, Berta, where is your evidence?
Post 1: One of Berta's comments on our blog

Post 2: A statement made by Berta on a public forum

Post 3: Berta's earliest eBay feedback as a seller

Post 4: Our earliest eBay feedback as a seller

Post 5: This is just one of our earlier pattern advertisements when we were Divine Designs (you can refer to our "About Us" to verify our previous business name)
 For anyone who would like to verify our advertisement, it can be found in the 5th Anniversary Folkart Treasures magazine from May, 1995. This is what the cover looks like (our ad is on pg 22):

Berta, this is the only early advertisement (in commerce) of yours that we have found, which is a sewn bear. We've even included the front of the magazine, and our advertisement of a thread crocheted bear on the previous page. We could not find anything before your 2001 announcement for your new crocheted bears. Since you have said that what we have shown (from your evidence) wasn't your earliest ad for crocheted bears, we are giving you an opportunity to provide it below.
Your advertisement (the sewn bear with a blue knitted outfit)
Our advertisement on the previous page (the blue, thread crocheted panda)
Front cover of the magazine
Post 6: Berta's evidence of her earliest advertisement of thread crocheted miniatures in commerce.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Section 3, Contest II

 Since Bobbie and Berta are being steadfast in their lies about the patterns, which do concern us, we are continuing that discussion. If you didn't hear from us, sorry, you didn't win this week's section!
Supposedly Berta had a pattern printed in 2001 (post 1) so she would've had a copy to sell or trade when the question was asked a year later. She made no mention of any patterns but said "design your own" in post 3. Then not giving druannapegg any indication that she was going to sell a pattern, she offered it two weeks later which was after Sue had already sold some.  
In post 4 Berta states sue was 'upset and jealous' because of her first pattern sale, but in section 3 Sue's pattern sold for a high price which Sue sold before Berta (with Sue's $280 receipt). She also says that nobody had sold patterns for these until she did in 2002, but in post 5 she states that she knew Thread Bears had sold patterns and kits from at least 2000.
Post 1: This was obtained from Berta's evidence at the Trademark Office in regards to her first pattern/kit 

Post 2: Berta's listing for her first kit/pattern (taken from her evidence at the USPTO).

Post 3: Berta's response to Druanna Pegg's question about patterns on a bear forum

Post 4: Another statement from Berta's paperwork at the Trademark Office. Hint: Berta is the Plaintiff, we are the Defendants. 

Post 5: Yet, another statement taken from Berta's submissions at the Trademark Office

We are giving the owners of these words and images full credit. All statements that were obtained via USPTO were for the Thread Teds by Thread Bears® proceedings. Links to verify any of the publicly posted information is available upon emailed request.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Section 2, Contest II


In post 7 Berta is saying that there weren't any patterns for "crochet teddies," but then says it was her "turn" to write down her "knowledge of thread bear making." If there were no others, then how could it be her "turn?"

In post 1, Berta telling druannapegg "design your own" tells me she didn't have any patterns available or that she ever made any. At that time, Sue was listing her pattern again (posts 3-6). By the time Berta had offered her patterns there were already some available, and makes her post 7 of why she came up with patterns (that there weren't any) a discrepancy.

Post 1: Taken from Berta's evidence at the USPTO. Berta's response to a publicly posted question on multiple bear forums. (Initial question is at bottom of post) 

Post 2: My first email reply to Druanna

Post 3: My second correspondence to her about the pattern

Post 4: Email correspondence about another pattern request

Post 5: The receipt for my eBay pattern sale

Post 6: An email from the pattern winner

Post 7: A public posting on the Thread Animals blog on 9/1/08.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Everyone's entitled to an opinion
That is, except for us.
And when it comes to our business situation--
How dare we make a fuss!
Our competitors can get away
With saying whatever they please.
And comments about our business remain
So long as ev'ryone else agrees.
A certain SOMEONE and her friends
Are allowed to whine about us,
But the minute we chime in and make a comment
We are then considered a cuss.
We've responded to the lies
By setting the record straight.
Our information and comments get swiftly removed,
'Cause Thread Bears® is easy to hate!

If you continue to hear one side of a story,
You begin to believe those words.
And what other choice do you have, by gosh,
If the other side's never heard?
We asked permission to comment
On a topic that needed addressed.
Though we were permitted to talk about our business
"It was removed due to membership request."
Forums that continue to allow
The trademark misinformation
Are leading others to read and receive it,
Which is adding to the confusion.
Since we had no public voice
We started our own public forum.
Where anyone can comment on any blog post,
And so far, these poems don't bore 'em!
It seems as though some need a reminder as to why we are having this contest. This is not an attack. This is our response. We and others have tried to respond to lies about our business on public (and private) forums--such as their blogs, Teddy Talk, Facebook, Thread Animals, and so on. But, typically, those comments get removed.  And since only someone in the wrong hides... we are airing it all out. We even allow other people to give their excuses and opinions on here without deleting them. The ones in the wrong, however, delete anything that is displeasing to them. We allow these comments to remain because we believe that every time someone comments on here, they are exposing more of themselves. So obviously, the ones that don't want the truth out there are going to work hard to try to get us to stop.
And really, everyone reading this, think back, who starts these discussion about us? And when do these discussions get removed? When we post about us or our business.

This is just one example of why this is on our blog...
Bobbie brought up the discussion of our trademark on an irrelevant Teddy Talk thread, publicly giving her misinformation. Please pay extra attention to her last paragraph...
This is a message we sent to Sue Ann, the moderator of Teddy Talk, in regards to the above topic.
A week later we responded with this comment that Sue Ann said that we were within our rights to post. We had only confirmed what Mary and another artist had questioned about what Bobbie said.
Though we had calmly discussed our business and brought facts to the front, as Bobbie suggested, this thread was still removed. This is the letter from the forum administrator stating that the discussion was removed due to membership request. So, we know that the ones who don't want the truth and facts out there were the ones who had this deleted.