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COMMISSIONS

It is a pleasure to share my love of beautiful needlework with individuals, groups or professional organizations.

I personally perform all stages of the project, from design through delivery. Accordingly, my prices reflect the labor intensive techniques employed in this custom work as well as the unique materials. When we agree to work together, I will present you with a detailed scope of work and cost quotation. My process includes three phases:

Design ­ This phase includes the drawing, color selection and stitch/technique description for the proposed commission. During this process, I will work closely with you to create a unique design through interviewing you and reviewing examples and samples. I will propose techniques and materials designed to capture your desired design. For this phase, I require a non­refundable design fee. If we agree to proceed with the commission, the entire fee will be applied to the cost of the project.

Production ­ This phase includes the execution of the commission when both parties in writing have agreed upon the design. I will provide you with an estimate of the materials necessary to complete the project. The materials fee will be due before production begins.

Finishing and Delivery ­ This phase is the final stage of the project. At the time we agree to a commission, we will specify how the project is to be finished. I can prepare your work for framing or it can be finished in a number of alternative manners (e.g., pillows, bell pulls, etc.). At this time, I do not provide framing services. Delivery terms will be agreed upon at the initiation of the commission.

I am committed to working with you to create a beautiful needlework piece. In the unlikely event that the artwork is refused after production, I will retain the design and material fees as well as the artwork.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do we start?

How do you determine the price?

How long does it take to finish?

I have an antique needlework piece that needs repair. Can you restore it?

My grandmother did needlework and I have a lot of pieces that are unfinished. Can you finish the pieces for me?

My non-profit organization is holding an auction. Can you provide a piece for our fundraising efforts?

How do we start?

Let’s visit about what your goals are for this artwork. You are under no obligation during our initial conversation. During this conversation, we will discuss whether this piece is for a special occasion and what style of embroidery you prefer.

How do you determine the price?

Design services are billed at $15.00 per hour, with most designs completed within five to ten hours. During the design process, drawings are rendered and presented to the client for approval. Following approval, the design process continues with the selection of materials, including technical design, fabric and color selection. When the drawing, technical design and color selection are completed, the full design will be presented to the client for final approval and authorization to continue. If we agree to proceed to production, the design fee will be applied to the cost of the project.

Materials are estimated separately and include threads, fabric, trims, embellishments and notions. The fees for materials will be collected prior to initiating the projects.

I estimate the cost of production relative to the finished size of the project. The finished size of the project is estimated by taking area using the widest point of the embroidery vertically and horizontally. As a general rule, I charge $4.00 per finished square inch for commissioned pieces. This cost may increase for extremely complicated or layered projects.

Finishing fees vary by the type of finishing desired. If the project is mounted for framing, the fee is $0.50 per square inch based on the size of the mounting board. Projects are often mounted for framing with a 2-3” plain border. Pillows and other alternative mounting methods are priced $15 per hour.

How long does it take to finish?

Custom hand embroidery is a labor intensive activity that creates unique heirloom quality art pieces. Determining the length of time to complete a project depends on the technique employed and availability of rare supplies. In general, I use the estimate of 2 months per square foot of work, including acquiring materials and finishing. Deadlines and delivery dates can be negotiated. The final selling price may be increased for rush deliveries. The delivery date will be determined once both parties agree on the overall design and size of the artwork.

I have an antique needlework piece that needs repair. Can you restore it?

At this time, I do not provide formal or extensive restoration and conservation services. However, I am happy to examine the piece for you and help you find the appropriate restorer.

My grandmother did needlework and I have a lot of pieces that are unfinished. Can you finish the pieces for me?

Unfinished needlework is a treasured link to our pasts. Depending on the condition of the needlework and the availability of materials, I would be honored to finish the piece.

My non-profit organization is holding an auction. Can you provide a piece for our fundraising efforts?

I love creating pieces for fundraisers!! I am honored to have supported the fundraising activities of many local schools and charities. I accept several projects per year for charitable fundraising.

When creating a piece for a fundraiser, I create a unique item that integrates the goals of the organization. For school fundraisers, I have worked directly with students to dye fabric, select patterns and even sew on the project. It is a special opportunity to introduce needlework to the next generation.

Please contact me regarding your organization and its fundraising goals.

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