I belong to a great Facebook Group called Fans of Blackbird Designs. You can find it HERE. Not too long ago, they posted a picture…this one.
Oh…I loved it. I’ve been looking for some smaller season pieces to stitch for my dough bowl. This would be such a great summer piece. This is the caption that went with the photo.
“A number of folks have asked me about this photo which was one of the pieces at the trunk show at the Quilters Station Retreat last weekend. It is called June Berries and is from the book A Fine Collection. THIS IS NOT MY STITCHING! You can see a few more of the projects here: https://www.the-gearys.com/blackbi…/a-fine-collection.html”
I followed the link. Oh my. I really wanted that book. There were 12 season pieces in the book. They would all make great pieces for my dough bowl. I started hunting to learn more. This was the cover of the book…
Oh, my word…Look at me!! I found an out-of-print book and what’s better than that? The book was $11. This is the site I found it at. Oh my word, I was doing the HAPPY DANCE!! I was just thrilled. I would have 12 charts from the book, all perfect for my dough bowl. I knew what I’d be stitching next year. Each month I’d stitch one…Yahoo. Awesome.
I immediately hit the buy button. Checked. Postage would bring the cost to $16.50. I was doing the happy dance.
I ended up poking around the site some more. WOW. They had other Blackbird Design stuff that was out of print. YAHOO. Again, I had been looking for pieces to stitch and put in my dough bowl. They had a set of four Rewards of Merit.
These are small pieces that were once pieces featured when the Blackbird Designs duo taught classes. They are the ones on the bottom left. YEP…I was going to order them too.
That was another $16.50. Yahoo. I had my stitching planned out and my dough bowls would be full. I was so excited.
I was so happy…I couldn’t believe that people were saying it was hard to get out of print charts. That wasn’t hard at all. Then I decided I would poke around the site a little more. I wonder if they had other cross stitch stuff. I started looking around and somehow got back to the original page shown above.
Wait…something doesn’t seem right. If I just bought the Fine Collection book and the Rewards of Merit, why are they still showing up on the site. Um…I didn’t like this.
Then I was sure the seller must have bought out a cross stitch shop that closed. No biggie. Ah, wait. I’ll check my email for confirmation.
Darn. No confirmation email. That’s weird. A half hour has gone by. I should have a confirmation email. UGH. I was sure there was a glitch. Certainly an email would be coming.
I went to bed. I woke the next morning. Still no confirmation email. By now, I was sure I was duped. This was a scam.
I ended up looking on my bank account. YES. The money had been taken out. AHH!! Well that was a $33 mistake. AHH. So frustrating. So frustrating.
I looked up the transaction using the description from my bank. It went to someone with a suspicisous name’s Square account. Hmm.
So giving the benefit of the doubt I waited. I wasn’t hopeful but waited.
I waited for three weeks. I tried messaging them. I heard nothing at all. YEP, I was scammed.
I ended up calling the bank a month after I made the original purchase. They are putting in a dispute on my behalf. I will be refunded the money…but sadly, that doesn’t stop the problem. More people could easily go on a be spammed. I don’t want that. So I am writing this here. I hope anyone who is a cross stitcher and belongs to any cross stitch group shares this blog post so that others won’t be scammed either.
The find of the reasonably priced Blackbird books and charts was too good to be true. I should have known better.
I am putting the link HERE.
The link is only for someone who might want to make sure they too didn’t order from the same scam site. DO NOT PURCHASE FROM THEM.