The last loops on the antique adaptation Pot of Flowers has been pulled but isn't bound yet because I am still working on the commission piece, sure wish I was a faster hooker. But since I was going stir crazy for some blog-luvin' and wanted to put the pattern on my web site decided to have my morning coffee and accomplish both.
Pot of Flowers measures 16 x 23 and I hooked it mostly in #8.5 except for those already cut strips, some of which may have been in #8. If you are interested in the pattern click the link which will take you to my web site.
Now for the selling rugs part. I have sold a few rugs but not many. Since I live in a rural area where it is mostly agriculture or chicken farming and production, there isn't much interest for locals to purchase a hand hooked rug. When I was doing shows at the beach which draws people from DC and elsewhere, that is when I would sell.
Once I decided to sell some of my rugs wasn't sure how to price them. At that time I was told that fine hookers can get $125 per sq. foot and primitive hooking less. But how much less I wondered.
So I decided to watch eBay and saw some great hooked pieces go for around $65 per sq. ft., some less and some more, depending on the name of the hooker and their following. Also there are well-known hookers who easily get huge bucks for their rugs even primitive wide cut hooking ~ again, it is the name.
Some folks sell their rugs at a gallery where they give a percentage of the sale to the owner. Therefore if they get $100 per sq. ft. obviously they walk away with less than that because of the commission. And if a rug sells on eBay then eBay gets a part of the proceeds and again a portion of the sale goes to PayPal if the buyer pays using that paying option.
Friday when at a gathering of friends and acquaintances I took a rug to show since they enjoy seeing what I'm working on or just finished. I was approached by a man to sell it even tho it hadn't been bound yet. I told him I was planning to keep that one. He reminded me that I could always hook another, and yes I could but so far have never re-hooked a rug I'd hooked previously even if I was sorry it was sold.
As it turns out I did decide to sell the rug and asked for $85 per sq. ft. No money goes to pay for a booth, no commission to anyone and it will be paid to me direct.
I've been told that by selling a rug too cheaply devalues the prices other hookers get. Well maybe those hookers have a following or live in a more affluent area than I do.
I would be VERY interested in what other people get for their rugs and if primitive or fine cut, tho I doubt there are many fine cut hookers who regularly read my blog.
Whew, this was a long post and hope you have a good rest of the day. I've got to go out and do yard work now so no hooking on the commission yet today.