Well its been a busy week. Work has been totally crazy and I can't blink half the time! But, that makes the days go fast, which is good right??
So I have a question, and comments are more than welcome. Back in July/August I was asked to do a model for a pretty well known designer. I was asked to use my own floss with the knowledge that I would reimbursed for my floss. The fabric and pattern were both mailed to me, but the fabric wasn't big enough. The designer requested me to stitch the model in two different ways, one as individual ornaments and one as a long banner (the banner was almost 6ft long!). I stitched the ornaments and waited for the next piece of fabric to come so I could stitch the banner. When the fabric for the banner arrived, I informed the designer that it would take me 3 weeks to stitch the banner, and she agreed that this was just fine. (just in case you didn't already know, 3 weeks would be 21 days) I was able to stitch the banner and return it to her within 17 days. When I inquired when I was going to be paid, she informed me that I did not complete it within in the time frame I set. She also told me that the design was not stitched fully and she had to finish it herself. When I told her that I did send it in the time frame stated, she informed me that since I didn't finish it in time for her to show it at Baltimore market, she would "think" about paying me. I talked with another great designer friend (thank you Aury!) and she suggested that I send her a paypal invoice, estimating the cost of floss; the $250 she indicated I would be paid for stitching the items and the UPS shipping (because it was ONLY acceptable to UPS the items, not USPS). I sent the invoice and gave her a month to pay, she at this point owes me over $330. I even sent 3 different reminders.
So here are my questions :
- Do I persue legal action? Is there an ability to file in small claims court for something outside of my state?
- Do I "out" the individual? The issue with questioning this, she uses the same model stitchers because she doesn't stitch and I was a new stitcher with her. I know in her little "clique" she is highly respected (and pardon the phrase, her friends think her "shit don't stink" as my daddy would say) and my fear is if I tried to out her, no one would believe me (even though I have every one of her emails!)