These two Vogue magazines, from 1893 and 1894, were my Great Grandmother's. One of them even has some of her doodles.My favorite parts are the advertisements. Pretty cool.
I just finished up a blank book for a customer who plans to have her son use it to practice handsewing. Just another example of my ingenius customers who come up with the things that I'm too entrenched to think of. I think it will work really well. I also made little 4" x 4" patches to whip stitch onto the backs of any "through" work so that all of the pages can be used.This was also a very useful exercise in evaluating the amount of time it takes to make the base of the book, giving me a really good sense of the value of the book itself. I'm struggling with pricing, not wanting to charge too much but realizing that in most cases I'm actually charging too little, but this has given me the idea of coming up with a sort of unit pricing scheme. Such as:
x amount for the blank book
x amount per image (with a higher price for very complicated images)
x amount per page of embroidery
Each x amount to be determined, but I think this could be a bit more fair. With the numbers I've been plugging in the amounts are fairly close to where they are now, but I will be increasing a bit, as well as giving options for more complicated work.
I want everyone who wants one to have a book. I'm not into making a ton of money, but I do need to help support my family. Useful/beautiful trades are always welcome!!