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Hi Everyone
I am an artist and looking to start a small business to support myself.I am an animal lover, particularly dogs and cats. I am also an embroiderer so with this in mind I am contemplating making bespoke handmade vintage-esque embroideries of peoples pets.They would send me pictures of their dog by email and I sew it, like in the pictures I have attached.I have done a few for friends that they gave as wedding gifts and have had a good response.

Any feedback would really help me
Such as if you would order one?
How much would you pay for a one off bespoke one?
Thanks in advance
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I have to be honest, I don't think there's much of a market for this. There are loads of novelty things people can get their dogs' pictures on already. Also, the nature of the embroidery is a bit...distorting in terms of the dogs' appearance. Giving handmade gifts to family and friends is really different than selling artwork to others because with loved ones, part of the reason they like is it the love you put into it. With other people, that appeal wouldn't be there. I don't think you could have a successful business out of this. You might be able to sell some, but it would be a hobby at best. I would try Etsy.

And personally I can't say I would buy something like this. Price wise I don't know what people sell or buy stuff like this for.
 

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You don't say where you are located, but IMO there is a market for your embroideries, but it would be dependent on location. I wouldn't see them as being particularly popular in say parts of the country where dogs are primarily used for hunting, and work, but certainly in some of the more affluent dog friendly municipal areas, when people will do anything, and spend fortunes for and on their beloved dogs, there could be a big market for you. Also if you create a web site, there could also be a big online demand. I would do some market testing.
 

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Another thing you might consider is doing 'breed' specific embroidery...rather than attempting to go off of individual likeness of people's pets. Some people love to collect hand made items that represent the dog breed they are in love with, rather than custom made things of their own dog(s).

I use to do a lot of needlework in the past...from the photos, you do very nice work.

Stormy

EDIT TO ADD: This is a custom cross stitch piece I made from a photo. It didn't come from a kit...I did a grid of the photo, chose all the colors and it took me about 6 months to complete.

Unframed with photo:



After I framed it:
 

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I personally have to agree with @StormyPeak with breed-specific things. I personally wouldn't order one of my dog, however I am always looking for pug-related artwork and knick-knacks for my mother for holidays and her birthday because she adores them. I'd probably pay up to 20$ for something like that but it would also depend on how customizable I could get it (aka putting the dog's name on it, changing the background fabric, etc.) I don't know if you could do this full-time, but I definitely think you could make some great extra money doing this on the side and Etsy and a website are very important for that.
 
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