Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Ever have someone look at a project that you are stitching and say, "Oh, that's so easy, I can do that!" or worse... "I'll give you $5 for it!"? Frustrating, isn't it?
This is an interesting way to calculate how much your finished piece is worth (in monetary values only -- no one can calculate or put a price on your effort, dedication, and love).
Keep in mind: The *average* stitcher can make 150 stitches per hour (some are faster, some are slower).
**Height in stitches multiplied by width in stitches = total number of stitches. Divide by 150. Take that total and multiply by minimum wage for total monetary value of your needle art.**
This is a sample calculation -- it will give you an idea of how much time and effort you have put into your project.
250H by 250 = 62,500 Total Stitches.
At 150 stitches per hour, that's 417 total stitching hours.
At minimum wage per hour ($7.15) that's a total of $2981.55
Now add the cost of your fabric, floss, and needles. If you use specialty fibers... add that, too!
Now -- we all know that we are probably *NEVER* going to have anyone pay us that much money for these works of Needle Art.
But don't sell yourself, your efforts, or abilities short.
Your work has great value -- so do you!