knits by emma gets a photoshoot

Two of my very good friends were kind enough to help me out with a quick photoshoot for knits by emma last weekend. We had heaps of fun frolicking around in the back garden. Summer in Perth is exceptionally bright, even at 6pm, but we still were able to get a few good shots.

So here’s a quick glance at what you all can expect to see from me in 2014. The girls and I had such a great time with this, and I really believe the photos capture the essence of my products. I like fun and functional and of course beautiful cables!

Two of the colors I have available have not been photographed in the current shoot, but I plan to remedy that shortly. My accessories are designed by me and have been hand-knit from 100% Australian merino machine-washable yarn. Many of the products photographed have been machine-washed already and tested for durability and color retention.

Next on my list is to obtain sewn-on labels with brand name and care instructions. I’m in discussions right now with a supplier on Etsy.

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The Handmade Marketplace: A review

Handmade Marketplace

As promised in the last post, I would like to write a quick review of this crafter’s companion: The Handmade Marketplace.ย This wonderful guide to the world of craft entrepreneurship was gifted to me by a good friend who knew I was toying with the idea of selling my knitted goods on Etsy.

I have been reading it off and on for several weeks now, with life and other reads in between. I considered the information in this book to be invaluable, even from the first page. When reading it, I made sure to devote my full attention to it. I am quite a speedy reader, and sometimes that can be a curse. With this book I took my time and treated every chapter like an important lesson — even the ones that currently didn’t apply to me.

In the last post I mentioned that the author,ย Kari Chapin,ย had gotten me into podcasts. But this book has done so much more for me already. I have a clearer idea of both my short and long term goals in my crafting journey. I know that sounds corny, but before this book I was going in blind without any crafter friends to pave the way and lend a hand. With Kari’s network of friends in the crafting world, I’ve read firsthand accounts, priceless advice and the steps to making my business a success at every stage.

For anyone considering the leap of turning a hobby into a business, I highly recommendย The Handmade Marketplace. It applies to crafters of all creeds, whether it’s jewelry-making, crochet, painting, pottery — any artist looking to sell his/her wares will benefit from reading this fantastic book.