Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Food For Thought

I found an interesting online discussion that applies to the sewing and quilting that we love to do.  It pertains to the cost and pricing of items to be sold.  I, like many of you, have been asked to make something for someone when they see a great quilt or bag that you have made.  It's kind of a sticky situation, because they generally don't have any knowledge of the cost of materials and the time that it takes to make something of any quality.  I think that often, the textile arts and needlework are seen as a hobby only, not something of great artistic value.  Maybe it's thought of as something that we do in our "spare time", not understanding that for many people, it is an art and source of income.

Here's the discussion that triggered these thoughts, and I would love to know what you think!


MissesStitches said...

I really wish we all had a good way to price our quilts. Enough to satisfy the basic expenses of the quilt and also to reward us for our work and our artistry. It's really difficult. When we price our quilts too low, that brings down the value of all quilts.

Stash Scrappy said...

I too have often had people ask me to make quilts or other sewn or knit objects for them over the years. It is a very difficult situation, especially when it comes from someone who is a good friend but has no idea of the money and time that go into a homemade quilt, bag, etc. I usually have people pay outright for the cost of materials as well as the cost of quilting, then allow them to make their own choice as to how much extra to offer me for my time and expertise. For craft items, I was once told that items should be priced at approximately 2-1/2-3 times the cost of the materials that go into them, but I feel that good quilts are in a totally different category.