In the August 2014 issue, we published a lovely bracelet called “Floral Fireworks.” Within days of the issue hitting mailboxes, we received many notes asking if we had made a mistake. Clearly, our readers queried, this is Laura McCabe’s “Cherry Blossom Bracelet”? Upon inspection, we noted that the two designs are indeed remarkably similar. When I asked our contributor about the origin of her design and whether she had been influenced by McCabe, she replied “No, I actually came up with it a few years ago after I had designed some jewelry for a wedding.”
Now, we have certainly seen many cases where two people came up with very similar designs, seemingly spontaneously, so I know it’s not impossible. But I will leave the judgment up to you. Is this simply an instance of “great minds thinking alike”?
I have been called out for not having been aware of Laura’s design for which I can only apologize. If I, or anyone on the staff, had been familiar with it, we would not have published “Floral Fireworks,” if only because, regardless of its origins, it is too similar to another design. We frequently decline to publish pieces for this very reason, even when we think there was no copying involved. After all, the main mission here at Bead&Button is to give our readers what they want — beautiful new beading projects. So I apologize that this one slipped through and will try to avoid this kind of situation in the future.