View Full Version : pricing for tatted edging
22-04-2009, 07:53 PM
I've been asked to create some edging for someone who makes vintage looking clothing.
I'm not sure what to charge .. it would be a fairly simple edgings .. an inch in width by say 3 yards, size 20 thread ... any suggestions?
Is it common to sell by the inch/centimeter? or by a longer measure?
Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
22-04-2009, 08:40 PM
You can look at the prices I and a few others charge on etsy for tatting to get an idea since most of my chokers are edgings, but what it really comes down to, is how much of your time it will take & what you think that time is worth.
Susan B T
22-04-2009, 11:35 PM
The more complex the pattern the more time you will put into it.
You will not get all the time back in payment, but think of it as love and enjoyment of tatting. When someone as asked me to tat edging for pillow slips, sheets or a collar they are shocked when a quote a price. When I tell time that is not even $5.00 an hour, they are even more stunned. I tat a small sample for them showing how long it takes to do 1 or 2 inched, them they understand.
If someone is really into hand items they will be willing to pay the price.
23-04-2009, 02:32 AM
A good basic rule of thumb: the price of the materials + your time (my time is $11/hr - yours might be more or less) + 10%. This was how I priced my fine art (Framed) and the basic rule of thumb Rebekah charges for her fine Art Photography (Except with her Art ~ there are some other factors, her work is sold matted and framed; and whether its the first print or a reprint; OR if the piece has won an Award. With those pieces, there is only "one of"...)
Also you must always remember that not everyone can do this ~ I mean here on the forum we all tat ~ but lace makers are not on every corner! Your art form is valuable. Look on Etsy and get an idea of the quality presented and price. Don't sell yourself or the art short....IMHO
Nancy in Dallas
23-04-2009, 11:12 AM
I was looking threw the book 'A Tatter's Workbook' and it was amazine to me to see the prices added next to some of the pieces. Some 25 cents to $1.25 a yard! Back in the 1920's this may have been a lot of money to most...but wow~ I just know that more time was put into their work than what they were paid! If you enjoy what you do, it will be your pleasure.
02-05-2009, 01:04 PM
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! I think I'm getting a better idea on what to charge, and even though it is something I enjoy doing much (and I won't be giving up my day job anytime soon :smile:) I think it's best never to see ourselves short!
Thanks again all,