Blog tour alert: The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos is published in the US by Interweave and in Australia by Murdoch. The author is Aussie girl Heidi Adnum who has her own Etsy shop and knows how to take a great product photo to sell her wares. She wrote a series on the Storque a while ago explaining how to take photos for Etsy and just like that she has now written has a book. Yay for her! And yay for crafters!

Taking great photos is really essential for a craft/design blog — as visual people we are drawn to images so it is important as a craft/design blogger that your images are good. But if you are trying to sell your product either on Etsy or via your own website then your images have to be better than good. They have to be clear and bright, they have to tell a story and draw people in — they have to be desirable!

Heidi is a photographer and crafter and etsy seller and offers fellow crafters some of her back-to-basics style advice. Her advice is simple and practical for the home DIY photographer. And the examples throughout the book all come from fellow bloggers and craftspeople.

She starts off with the basics, perfect for photography newbies — light, using it and making the most of it, the book then goes through the other basic areas of photography (aperture, shutter, colour, choosing a camera), before moving on to beyond the basics — like telling a story with your image through composition, props, styling, background etc.

Yes there are some diy tutorials to make a light tent and tripod and other photography equipment. Then each chapter of the book is dedicated to a particular craft — so all crafters are catered for!

24 January – papernstitch
26 January – Rena Tom
27 January – CraftBuds
28 January – SweatShopofLove
31 January – Wiksten
1 February – Jenny N Design
2 February – Rifle Paper Co.
3 February – See How We Sew
4 February – Imagination Kids Toys
7 February – Feeling Stitchy
8 February – UK Handmade
9 February – The Academy
9 February – Frankie Magazine
10 February –


November: Month of books at

Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide. By Chris Keeney, Published by Princeton Architectural Press (June 8, 2011).

This is avid photographer and pinhole camera expert, Chris Keeney’s first book, nicely published by Papress – I love their quirky and quality mix of design, diy and architecture books. In Chris’s book, he claims that you can turn any container into a pinhole camera – exciting to experiment with – there is something about this old style of photography that is very raw and very real – and such a contrast to our digital age. Great for kids to experiment with these projects too – teaches about light and lenses – good diy practical science at work!

Images from left: SPAMera Medium Format 120 Film Pinhole Camera :: Lavazza Espresso Coffee Can 5×7 Photographic Paper Pinhole Camera :: Romeo y Julieta Cigar Box Pinhole Camera

Publish Your Photography Book by Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson, published by Princeton Architectural Press (March 23, 2011).

Insightful and informative guide to getting a photography book published. Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson, take you through the steps of producing and publishing a photography book.

This book will help you to understand the publishing world and the process of getting a book to press – from submissions to contracts and the digital revolution you will come to terms with what you need to do to get started. Once you have that contract or you have decided to self publish then the authors take you through the next stage – the design and production. From there it’s onto marketing and selling your book in this very competitive market. Along the way you will hear from industry professionals and be able to read case studies and access a multitude of resources. Good luck my friend!

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Monica Solorio-Snow is a freelance quilt and home-sewing pattern designer and a fabric designer for Lecien Fabrics of Japan.  Monica makes her home in the Pacific Wonderland (Oregon, USA) and is fueled by her rainy, wet and grey weather to craft, quilt and sew her world pretty. 

What is modern quilting?
That is a question I get asked a lot. A question all my friends get who are also modern quilters also get.  We almost all have different answers, meanings and feelings. For me it means looking at traditional quilts in a new light. I love quilts from the 1930’s, but I also love freshening them up and putting my own stamp on it.  It’s like taking Grandma’s loved cherry pie recipe and adding some extra ingredients… or taking out some ingredients.  Or taking out the cherries and adding in Meyer lemons. Or nixing the crust completely and loading up on cherries!  If it tastes good… make it!  If it looks good… sew it!  Celebrate traditions, but also make it your own.

Another modern approach to quilt making is in the quilt photography – one I’m most excited about.
Most often the modern quilt is going to be used, to be loved, to get worn, to take camping, to be outside on a grassy knoll with a picnic atop it… and clearly people are photographing their quilts that way, too.  My obsession with zombies and quilts have hit head-on and had themselves a love-child in photos I like to call The Walking Quilted.  A spoof of “the walking dead”.  I love these photos so much that I made myself a board on Pinterest and a group on Flickr.

Quilts out in the wild, displayed with visible hands, legs and feet – looking like they smell the essence of brain and are coming for sweet and tasty you.  So many quilters are opting for significant others, kids, whoever is handy to be their quilt-stands. Pure quilt photographing happiness. Out of stuffy rooms and into the wild and in loving hands. Quilts that come to life and show all their yummy personalities.

I recently asked my friend Elizabeth to indulge me in some Walking Quilted antics when she was photographing one of her quilts in Portland’s Laurelhurst Park.  A quick how-to lesson and she was on her way…

Me: “You’re doing great, Elizabeth! Keep going!”
Elizabeth: “You do know that I can’t see where I’m going, right?”
Me:  “You’re fine, you’re fine… just keep walking.”
Me:  “Oh.  Um.  Yeah… there’s a tree”.

Another quilt photography trend is to hang quilts where one wouldn’t normally expect to see a quilt hung. Draped over fences, gates, the side of truck, an airplane, a barn, you name it.  Quilters are really putting some fantastic effort into taking beautiful photos of their quilts. So naturally, I had to start a Pinterest board for that too – and my Well hung! pin-board was born.

I’m wondering what the next big thing in quilt photography will be next. Whatever it is, I’ll be starting a pin-board for it too! If you’ve never tried taking a photo of your quilt “in the wild”… make today the day you try it!


Just what I need!


fantastic idea – kooky and cool – seems like it might be fun to make and work well too – link courtesy of craft K’Nex Lightbox Tutorial