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Old 02-26-2012, 06:09 PM   #17
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I'm not sure it's the same in terms of Regalia, because it to me seems more of a heart felt art, than a mere crafts world craft, if you understand my meaning, completely different things....But when I've done things in the past, such as hand crocheted afghans, quilts, party clothing, etc for people, I have learned that in the "craft world", you charge 3 times the cost of the materials as the final charge, not including delivery or postal charges. So, in the case of hand crochetted afghans, it is "normal" to charge for a king sized afghan $150 and they sell very well at that price, so it must be considered good deal. It costs $50 for the yarn needed for that size and takes me 3 weeks of crocheting "on the side" apart from normal day to day activities and work, in order to complete one. Again, this is just one color, one stitch, straight through nothing else but cost of the yarn and labor to complete the project. If it were something like an embroidery piece that I have done before, you factor in , as stated before, the cost of the creative time in design, which some folks then have patented or copywrited, which costs an additional fee to do, simply to maintain the uniqueness of the piece.

And to add to the good advise given by others so far, if it is an intricate piece, requiring more time, the cost of it should be more, as it takes more time to create it...and as you all know, the more well known the artist is, I am sure that they are ABLE to charge a price for their time and efforts above what the average craftsperson could charge, for name recognition , as on other products as well......

(I've done hand work for people who create these how to books that you buy in craft stores before, workers get paid solely based on the number of stitches in a piece or the amount of time they alloted to cut the piece out to sew together....simply because they are providing all the materials and the design and just want someone to produce it according to the directions they have written down to see if the end result is what they thought that they had written. It's an interesting process to see how a piece goes from the hand drawn graph paper designs to being published in a book you can find all over the world for others to create the same item.)
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