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« on: January 15, 2009 01:11:29 PM »

So, a friend of mine wants to buy some roving and then have me spin it up for her.  The question is how much should I charge her?  What (if you do this for people you know) do you charge simply to spin?  And do you charge by time it takes, or by how much roving there is?  answers would be greatly apreciated!! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009 03:11:29 PM »

I charge a flat .15 per yard for single or .25 per yard for 2-ply or chain ply. Plus the cost of roving.

Since your friend will buy the roving, you don't have to worry about that part.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009 05:00:57 PM »

Thanks!  I'll let her know!
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2009 12:00:09 AM »

ive never charged for spinning but i think its a question of how much your time is worth and how much you want to discount your friends! if it were me (and i wasnt making it for a friend, because really, im way to generous to my friends as far as my crafting goes lol) i would at least charge what i get paid per hour at work.

personally i wouldnt charge per yard because i like to make art yarns and those can take considerable more time per yard...
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2009 07:08:55 AM »

yeah she's just looking for a very simple 2 ply I think, to knit baby clothes with (probably wool shorties for cloth diapering)  In the end I'll likely give a discount, but I've otherwise been approached to spin for other people too and its good to have a idea of what is reasonable.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2009 04:48:09 PM »

i would at least charge what i get paid per hour at work.

I'd be paid a heck of a lot more this way!!!

You have to consider that not that many folks spin and it is a 'lost' art.  Your knowledge of knowing how to spin is worth something!  Your wheel wasn't free and neither is the fiber you spin with.  Having a concept of per yard plus how much the fiber cost you is a good base.

I have a bit of coiled yarn made from Merino that I hand dyed.  The cored is cotton.  Before I coiled the yarn, I had over 100 yards.  After coil spinning, I had a mere 20 yards.  This is being sold as 'art yarn' at $20.00.  I haven't sold this particular yarn, but I have had folks ask if I could make them the same type of yarn in different colors.

Never, ever, under estimate your talent as a spinster!  To do so down grades your knowledge.  You don't ask a doctor or surgeon to give you a discount do you??  I mean not everyone has the knowledge to be a doctor, and not every one has the knowledge or equipment to be a spinster either.
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