The way I see things – translating your images to textile art.

I see things.

Well, not bad things, I see things that make my heart stir. It’s not like a scary movie. I call it Capture and Create. I’m doing a lunch time lecture in Houston called “You must plant seeds today for a harvest later” 

These are the things I will be sharing, plant the seeds and harvest them later.


This is part of a bridge at Burj Khalifa Dubai.  I love the turquoise background of the water and the reflections showing through… Then of course the pattern is super and the way the light plays on the image outlining the star and the pattern of the grid.


I’ve played with the color and to be honest, I don’t ‘do’ purples, but this layout gives me some interesting visual ideas. The images are put into a folder on my computer and sometimes they get used and at other times they just stay there to admire. I often go back over them many years later and pluck one out to experiment with. You know my ideas are changing all the time, experimentation with thread, ink and fabric makes new things possible.


This image is in a shop window. I loved it… and the reflection of the blue light over the head of the model made me smile.


I played with the overall design, the top image was changed in an application on my computer called. Smart photo editor, and the image below on paper is my favorite. I could use this to stitch the black image on fabric.

Yep, I’m a little strange, this is what I see as I walk around… sometimes I feel sorry for people who accompany me, but.. my Husband Keith is used to it. I guess you could say I live in a world of creative expression and as I travel I share it with my travel companions and they can choose to accept or reject the ideas. The tours that I lead are just a little different to the ‘hop on hop off the bus’ type of tours.


I’m not too sure what to do with this but I did save it. You know a lot of folk ask me how do you take photos through shop windows?  To be honest, I get really excited at the reflections that add another dimension to the image.  Keith just walks away from me when I start turning my head and try to capture images in my mind before I photo graph the window. !!!!


How utterly amazing is this?


Angles and capturing the moment is great. This photo tells a story. Not just the colors, but the images of the men,  6 cell phones, 6 different interactive body poses.

Sunset over Dubai. I changed the image into a water color that could be printed on fabric you know in spoon flower or even another textile printing program. Or you could do layers of color in sheer fabrics. I’ve been working with sheer cottons from Nepal and this would look amazing using that technique. Oh, I used ‘waterlogue’ on my ipad for this image.

Painted in Waterlogue
Preset Style = Travelogue Format = Medium Format Margin = None Format Border = Straight Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Heavy Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Darker 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 an image of the desert sky, and I changed it in the app Waterlogue and  I left the description on the bottom of the image to give you an idea of how it was achieved.


This is also an image of the water and the hose lines at the Burj Khalifa and I changed it in “Sketchmee2” in my ipad.


Love it.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Karin Aldridge says:

    thanks Pam – so many ideas as usual 🙂

  2. Connie Akers says:

    Love the way you see things. I’d love to travel with you as I’m inclined to see things that others (family & friends) roll their eyes at. I do have one friend who adapted my habit of picking up rusty “stuff” so there is hope.

  3. Perkreations says:

    Wow! I love it. I collect scraps of paper with partial concepts, mini sketches and sayings I scribble on them. Sometimes years later even I’ll come back to explore them repeatedly from new angles or I’ll come across something and finally feel ready to start it… or finish it. Nice to know I’m not the only one who gathers ideas in a similar manner😊 I especially love the digital suggestions you made in particular. Thank you.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      A lot of people keep sketch books..well I guess I do to, the the camera is my favorite tool. As is my computer.

  4. As I am into water color now would love to see more of how to you translate the photos . You are always an inspiration to so many. My class in Alamogordo was the high light in my quilting times.
    Janell in Texas now.

  5. Mary Duhon Louviere says:

    Pam, I took your “Geraldine’ class in Houston and loved the result. I had started an alma mater quilt for a son-in-law and did not know how I was going to accomplish the intricate details in the logo. Thanks to the class, I recreated the school chapel windows and and the mascot logo. The quilt was a great success and when asked numerous times “how did you do that!!??” , I answered ” a giraffe taught me!”

    1. Pam Holland says:

      That’s funny, Geraldine is rather special I think.

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