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Using Photos as Design

Updated on March 18, 2015

I Started with a Photo I Took on my Cell Phone

I took this picture from behind the parking lot of a local grocery store. I was working across the street and saw the sunset from my office window, so I went downstairs and took a few pictures. I was still getting to know the camera function on my "new" Blackberry ("new" to me -- my best friend gave me her old one when her stepson gave her his his old one (when he got a new one))

I always have loved taking pictures of sunsets (I'm rarely awake in time for sunrises). I also really love pictures with clouds in them -- it makes the sun look beautiful.

I then learned how to upload the picture from my phone and then worked on effects.

Photo Effects

I then took the picture and "played with it" on a photo effects program (Corel Photo-Paint X5 -- see my lens on this by linking below). Of all the pictures I came up with, I liked this one the best.

Pillows Using My Creations

I took the swatch of the fabric from the photo (which I got from Spoonflower -- see module below) and made a pillow from it -- I sewed the swatch to an 8X8 piece of felt, leaving a small opening. I turned the piece right-side-in, and stuffed it, and stuffed it, and stuffed it, and stuffed it, and stuffed it, and stuffed it, until it seemed like it would burst. Then I stuffed it some more.

Eventually, I turned the edge of the open part in and sewed the two pieces together. Then I smoothed out the stuffing. And then, I had a pillow!

Compugraph Designs' Spoonflower Store

I love designing and I love fashion. I'm still working on teaching myself to sew and make patterns for clothing.

This picture links to this fabric on my Spoonflower site.

Do you know how to sew?

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    • compugraphd profile imageAUTHOR

      compugraphd 

      6 years ago

      @sherioz: B"H

      Thanks!

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      sherioz 

      6 years ago

      What a great idea!!!

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      Spoonflower is a great site to design custom fabrics from your own designs, or to purchase custom fabric designed by members. www.spoonflower.com

    • compugraphd profile imageAUTHOR

      compugraphd 

      6 years ago

      @LaurisB LM: B"H

      I added a line -- I do designing on Spoonflower, I have links to my Spoonflower site below.

    • LaurisB LM profile image

      LaurisB LM 

      6 years ago

      Same question as Spirituality. I'm trying to figure out how you did it.

    • compugraphd profile imageAUTHOR

      compugraphd 

      6 years ago

      @dancerene: B"H

      Thanks for the advice --- I did it :-) Hope you like it better this way!

    • religions7 profile image

      religions7 

      6 years ago

      I know how to sew, but I'm dying to know how you turned your photographic design into actual fabric... You can't print on your home printer, can you?

    • eternisemoi profile image

      eternisemoi 

      6 years ago

      Yes, but not very well.

    • peggygallyot profile image

      peggygallyot 

      6 years ago

      I do most of the sewing around the house

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      I do not, but it certainly seems like a great hobby!

    • dancerene profile image

      dancerene 

      6 years ago

      I think you should move the Amazon module and guestbook to the bottom. I was reading about your photo, then came to the Amazon module about sewing... very abrupt, I totally lost about what you are trying to say.

    • OCDiscusFish profile image

      OCDiscusFish 

      6 years ago

      i don't but it is pretty interesting!!

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