Working out how much to charge for charts and finished items is always a difficult business.
At the moment my charts are priced low for wo reasons:
But I did notice a post on Facebook about someone selling a stitched Teresa Wentzler pattern on Etsy for £980. I have no idea whether the seller has permission to sell the design (even if you've stitched it and say who the design was by, under copyright rules you do have to have the designer's permission**) but the comments on how much was being charged were interesting.
- They're PDF charts - the purchaser is spending money on ink and paper so I don't think I've any business charging for it, if and when I produce printed charts, they will be more expensive because I will have paid those costs
- It's still a baby business - while I love the fact I get emails asking me when the next Lady Elinor is coming out*, the fact is I only have 10 designs out there, which means I don't have enough to exhibit, which means that right now I don't have to make any decisions about printing, storage, advertising, etc. The good news is that because I do stitch up all my models I will be in a position to exhibit if I decide to take the plunge.
Some thought it was outrageous, others pointed to the number of hours it would have taken to stitch. I found a fabulous little craft calculator that works it all out for you. And, I got a competent stitcher, taking 200 hours in at £825. It may well have taken longer. All of which makes the total displayed on my office wall (see below) quite scary - there's years worth of work in there! (Done before I started designing myself.)
* There should be a new Lady Elinor by the end of the year - Lady Maude has to put in an appearance first!
** I've said it elsewhere on this site but I might as well say it again, if you're stitching up and selling my designs for a registered charity then you have my permission. You do need to contact me and request permission if you're stitching them and selling them for your own profit.
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