Qutecowgirl asked what kind of camera I have. It's nothing special, just a Canon PowerShot A520 (4.0 mega pixels). I'm not much of a photographer, so when cameras went digital, I considered it a godsend. The photo of the stitch holders on the previous post was the only one of about 20 that was viewable. My camera has a macro setting, but it doesn't always work the way I want it to. So I experiment with different backgrounds, different lighting, zooming in and out, until I accidentally hit on a combination that works well enough. In the "bad old days" experimenting like that would cost a small fortune in film and developing, and you still would not know if you were successful until days later.
My general photography rules are:
1) Use a white background. (This hint came from my daughter.)
2) Use natural light.
3) If 1 & 2 don't work, try something else.
And what am I going to make with Poodle Skirt and Weathered Barn? I dunno!