How to Charge for Cross Stitch Commission Work???

Have a question or want to show off your project? Post it! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

Threaded View
After stitching for many years now, am at a point where would like to look =
into doing commissioned work. But not sure how to locate clients (thinking =
Etsy??), how much to charge per piece - materials, labor, etc. And how to v=
ary that by the complexity of the work, the type of material sewing on 14 c=
t, 18 ct, etc, cotton vs. linen, over 1 versus over 2.

 If anyone is currently doing commission work, would appreciate any advice =
on getting started. Also if doing work and selling on your own, where are y=
ou selling it and how much are you charging (how do you figure out what to =
charge??)?

Re: How to Charge for Cross Stitch Commission Work???
On Friday, October 5, 2012 8:18:54 PM UTC-4, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it
g Etsy??), how much to charge per piece - materials, labor, etc. And how to=
 vary that by the complexity of the work, the type of material sewing on 14=
 ct, 18 ct, etc, cotton vs. linen, over 1 versus over 2.
Quoted text here. Click to load it
 you selling it and how much are you charging (how do you figure out what t=
o charge??)?



Very hard - I've stitched for a shop and for a designer.  In the case of th=
e shop, I got shop credit which worked out well.  It paid for all of my sup=
plies (silks, overdyes, fabrics).  Just don't think you are going to actual=
ly earn much.  I did a piece for a designer which took me over 700 hours of=
 stitching.  I have about '$1200' credit in my 'account' with the designer.=
  I can use it to buy things from the designer's website, or get first dibs=
 on stuff she puts up on her 'stitchers' page. I suspect that I will never =
use my credit since most of the patterns on her site are not ones I'd stitc=
h.  I'm not really complaining, if you want to stitch on commission know th=
at you really are doing it for the love of the stitching not the getting pa=
id.

MargW

Re: How to Charge for Cross Stitch Commission Work???
My advice is to get at least half the fee upfront.  I knew  a gal who did a=
 crewel bellpull, never collected a dime, wanted $75 and the client changed=
 her mind and didn't want it.  The stitcher was NOT interested in keeping t=
he bellpull, of course.  Maybe she donated it for a raffle?

Re: How to Charge for Cross Stitch Commission Work???
On Friday, October 5, 2012 at 8:18:53 PM UTC-4, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it
k into doing commissioned work. But not sure how to locate clients (thinkin
g Etsy??), how much to charge per piece - materials, labor, etc. And how to
 vary that by the complexity of the work, the type of material sewing on 14
 ct, 18 ct, etc, cotton vs. linen, over 1 versus over 2.
Quoted text here. Click to load it
e on getting started. Also if doing work and selling on your own, where are
 you selling it and how much are you charging (how do you figure out what t
o charge??)?

Hi is there anyone on here who is doing commission work??  I know it has be
en several years; this post came up when I googled.  Let me know if you are
 interested in a job I have; it includes all materials and is 2/3 done - th
e original stitcher passed away and we are trying to get the job done for h
er family member.  Many thanks!
Merrie Beth

Site Timeline