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Topic: What would you charge for Cross Stitch?  (Read 1971 times)
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amber555
« on: June 28, 2010 01:04:07 PM »

Hey All,

Not sure if anyone can help me out with this or not. I've been approached by someone to make them a commissioned cross stitch which would be similar to the one pictured below. Two characters and a phrase, framed to measure about 4 X 6 inch or 5 X 7 in a frame.

Since I mostly cross stitch for friends and family, I'm a little uncertain what to charge for such a piece. The characters and lettering are already designed (from previous pieces) so all I would need to do is draw a quick sketch of where to stitch them on the fabric and then start stitching.

Time wise, this would take me about 5-6 hours total from sketching through stitching to framing. In terms of cost of supplies, I'm looking at approximately $10-$15. I'll probably be giving the piece to the person myself, so no need to consider shipping costs.

Can anyone make any recommendations as to what would be fair/reasonable to charge for a piece like this? Does anyone have/know of a going rate for cross stitching by the hour?



I had four pieces similar to this one in a silent auction over the weekend for the charity Equality Now. The final bids ranged from $45 to $110, but I'm thinking a contributing factor on the highest one was that the person was making a donation to the charity, not just getting the completed cross stitch.

Any advice/feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010 04:26:44 AM »

Being fair is getting at least $10 per hour for your trouble, which brings the price to $75; being comfortable about being fair is another thing.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010 06:56:28 AM »

Well, you can charge per hour, or you can triple the cost of supplies. Those are the two price schemes that I've seen. Since you said it's for friends and family, I think $45 is more than reasonable. (matches the lower end of the bidding and tripling the cost of supplies) I wouldn't be against charging more, and being kind but firm about it. If this is a business and not a hobby, then what is your time worth?
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