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Selling project pieces?

Postby BadgerSensei » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:17 pm

I've been considering starting to sell my cross stitching work or even doing commissions. I had some concerns and questions about this and if anyone's ever done anything like this before, input would be much appreciated.

Question 1: Would it be possible to use someone else's patterns for commissions and give citations to the person who created the pattern and/or direct the person who is purchasing the work from me to the source of the pattern? OR would it be better to just invest in a pattern making software myself and make my own patterns?

Question 2: What would I possibly charge for the finished works? I count my progress in sessions not hours, where I make a note of every time I work on it for more than 2 hours. I don't know what good price points would be. My initial idea would be like 5 dollars per time I sit down and work on the projects.

Question 3: is this even a good idea? Would it be better to just give the projects away as gifts even if I don't have anyone in mind for them or have any real attachment to the finished products?

I just have no idea where to start for something like this. Some advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Selling project pieces?

Postby blackmageheart » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:36 pm

Q1. Yes, if the person who made the pattern has given permission to do so. BUT I would recommend making your own patterns as you'll likely come up with your own ideas and style! My advice here would be to get PCStitch, it's like $20 with the discount code (and there's always one knocking about, I'll see if I can find one for you)

Q2. You can either come up with an hourly rate, session rate or a price per stitch rate. (I charge by stitch, with rates that apply depending on how many total stitches there are plus small fees for extras like framing etc.) I strongly advise you don't go the per session route, as it's not very exact.

Q3. Meh, it's sometimes a good idea and sometimes not. Personally I've found that I can sell really unique pieces at geek shows and conventions, but I'll not sell anything at all at a regular craft show. Anything I don't have a specific purpose for goes on my Etsy store, but these days I generally don't stitch to sell unless it's a commission.

All those questions/answers aside, what you need to really ask yourself is a) what's your reason for selling and b) what do you hope to get out of it?

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Re: Selling project pieces?

Postby BadgerSensei » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:58 pm

Current project:
Epic Pokemon Gen 1 1/30 pages complete

Standby projects:
Ken Ro Kuen
Kinkakuji

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Re: Selling project pieces?

Postby blackmageheart » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:42 pm


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Re: Selling project pieces?

Postby BadgerSensei » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:38 pm

Current project:
Epic Pokemon Gen 1 1/30 pages complete

Standby projects:
Ken Ro Kuen
Kinkakuji

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Re: Selling project pieces?

Postby blackmageheart » Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:34 am


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Re: Selling project pieces?

Postby BadgerSensei » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:34 am

They dont have it in 11. But they do have the total for each color. So that works. Thanks for the help! If I have any more questions I'll ask. Haha
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Re: Selling project pieces?

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