I wanted to bring this topic up after the heroic work of Julie (remember 4 pages in a month!).
Because I love stitiching so much, I have often thought that I should stop my present work, and get a real job... stitching. Here in France, these jobs are a rarity as only the fashion houses can affort to pay people to embroider their clothing lines - I've also seen people working in cross stitching shops as full time stitchers.
My question is: does anybody know what it takes to become one of those who get to stitch for a living? Are there special courses, diplomas? Does it become terribly boring over time?
I talked about this once before (somewhere out there in 'forum' land), but I ended up stitching for several local companies by accident. I know there used to be some place that hired folks to stitch, but I don't think they are still in business. Mostly I do commision work and display pieces, but it, by no means, pays the rent (or could buy even a week's worth of gas or food, even for a tiny home-bound person). If there was more of a market for hand-stitched pieces, the rate of pay would go up (like with handmade clothing maybe) but right now it's a very measly sum indeed (anywhere from fifty cents to a dollar seventy five per square inch stitched). I have never been asked to do anything like what we do for "fun" -always some small doo-dad I wouldn't hang in the dog's house. But, that's just been my experience (for the past 20 or so years I have been asked to do it).
From what I know of a few of the model stitchers in my online groups, most of them stitch for stash; there may be some exchange of money, but it's certainly not an hourly rate or anything you could live on.
Ghoststitchers pays people to stitch -- I doubt if it's a living and I have no idea whether they have an enormous backlog of people who want to stitch with not enough work to give them. They finish UFO's for people or do needlework for people who want something made but don't stitch. Their website is http://ghoststitchers.com.