Individual voice. – Capture and Create.

I’m extending my image techniques to include the computer as a generator of viewing the final work before I even begin to place a stitch.

The picture is rather boring and certainly not what I would create a piece of art from. But when I changed it into a painting with the help of the iPad. Voila.


Its much more interesting. The colors are broken up for me. I really like the direction of the paint strokes  in the ceiling and it forms a great frame of my face.

The turquoise from the glasses migrates to the face and adds interest.

If I decided to create this as a Textile image I would find, or create my own fabric to match the color depicted in the painting.  Layer, upon layer of fabric fused down and stitched at the angle depicted in the painting. Can you imagine how great this would look in a 6 foot wide quilt. It would probably scare heck out of the viewer to see this strange lady staring down from the wall.

Preset Style = Travelogue Format = Medium Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Heavy Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Normal Paint Intensity = More Water = Orange Juice Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Fine Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Medium Paper = Buff Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Medium

This is another image I translated from a photo. I was in the desert on a photographic shoot in Dubai and the red and white head scarf against the warmth of the sand background looked wonderful. This image was also done on the iPad using the app Waterlogue.

Preset Style = Color Bloom Format = Medium Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Heavy Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Normal Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Blurry Water Bleed = Average Brush = Fine Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Wide Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light
Another image taken in Dubai…

I love the way the paint has flowed into the background giving a soft effect to the image. I would do the eyes, nose and mouth in very intense, realistic thread painting and leave the ears and the other areas sketched minimally with thread. At this stage I’m not sure if I would stitch it in grey, as if it was a pencil line, or black.

These images are all from my library of ‘suggestions’ stored in my computer for future reference.

These are a pair of small children slippers purchased in Bangkok. The shoes were sitting on the window ledge in my hotel. I just had to snap the image and voila, they have become a piece of textile art. I used the app Sketchmee2 in the iPad  the Sketchmee app on my apple desk top doesn’t give me as many choices as the iPad.


In fact, this piece is made up of two images.

If you look at the first picture of the shoes you can see that once changed with Sketchmee 2, the shoes lost a lot of definition, so I printed tow image, a realistic one for the shoes and the background created in sketchmee 2 and I placed the realistic image over the other slippers.

I always have a vision of the completed work before I begin to stitch, but it doesn’t always end up that way. This piece is a testament to that. I listen to my work, and react to the individual voice.

Scan 1

Finally the finish piece. The background was designed by the app Sketchmee 2 and the slippers were realistic. Thread painted with Aurifil thread.

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These are  more images from the file of …. ‘maybe’ however, just working through the process stimulates the ideas.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. This blog and your process, as well as finished product is so inspiring! Can’t wait to take your class in Houston!


    1. Pam Holland says:

      Thanks Karen, see you in Houston.


  2. Hi Pam…
    This is cool! I’m curious to know how big these quilts are, and if you are printing the images or using them as a starting point, or both. I haven’t worked with photos in the past but I’ve been learning more about my camera this year. You are giving me ideas about new ways to use the images that are stacking up. Thank you for the inspiration!


    1. Pam Holland says:

      Morning Becky, I print some of the images on fabric, sometimes I just use them as guidance for stitching. The slipper quilt with the border is 30″ X 30″ However, I am doing one that is 6 foot X 6 foot. I used the illustrations from my photos and projected them onto the paper to make my pattern.
      Hope that helps.


      1. Yup, that does help. I forget that I do have a projector :-). I’m winding up my current writing contracts and have ideas swirling around in my head. I’m not sure exactly what I want to do next, but something different from my normal thing sounds the most interesting.


      2. Pam Holland says:

        Give it a go Becky. If you need help email me.


  3. Sheri Andresen says:

    Hi Pam, Love reading the blogs, once again thank you for being so generous explaining the process


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