Here's the exchange:
I was still in a kind of gray area about this. Is it enough like my work to want some recognition for the original design? What should be my response? I talked it over with my daughter, Darcy.
She felt it was a direct lift of my design, and left a comment on the person's FB page. It was polite, noting the similarity between my work from some time ago and the above, making a statement about how great it is to be inspired by other people's work, and how nice it is to give credit where it's due. She then helpfully provided a link to the Etsy listing for my cuff. Immediately after her posting, I got a new follower on Etsy. Coincidence, I'm sure.
The next day we notice Darcy's comment and link have been deleted. This doesn't speak well for the designer's intent, I think. Darcy asked if I'd like to comment myself, or have a fellow artisan comment on my behalf at this point. I told her any further comments along those lines would meet the same fate and really - what would it accomplish? I decided to let it go.
And this morning I wake up to find that very same cuff of mine is today's featured item on Aftcra's Facebook page.
By taking the high road, I think the gods that attend on mortal artisans have seen fit to reward me with a bit of unexpected exposure.