Anyone ever heard of the Pixeladies? NO- NOT PIXIE ladies as I misinterpreted the name originally! PIXEL ladies! They are a pair of SAQA members from California who work together and who are VERY clever women. They are Kris Sazaki and Deb Cashatt and they offer a rather splendid online course on using Photoshop Elements for fibre artists. I have just finished part one of their two part programme and am anxiously awaiting part two.

If you are a fibre artist or if you are just interested in art and photography, check them out. In part one of the course, we learned soo much! We are using PSE 13, BTW! My old version was PSE 10 and there IS a bit of a learning curve . Here are a few examples of what we have been doing.
This scary chick is a "selfie" I took as we each had to post a photo of ourselves so we knew who was who. (My goodness, this woman looks severe!)

We learned to make a watermark.
In fact we learned a few ways to do watermarks!
We learned how to plan quilting lines on a photo. This is just the lines. The picture was an daylily.
Like this!

We learned to abstract a photo in order to make a quilt pattern. This was FUNNN!

We learned how to "cut up fabric" to make a nine patch for a virtual quilt.

We learned to intensify the colours in a photo so it would print better on fabric.

This is a small representation of what we learned in the first part of the course. Look up the Pixeladies at www.pixeladies.com if you are interested .When the time is right , I will post this to the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com. Too busy to quilt much right now. I am also in the middle of my Digital Photography class . LOVING it all!

I am going to post this to the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com even though this is not needlework. I hope some day some of it may BECOME needlework. Keep an eye on this space!


  1. It's always good to learn. I'm glad that you are enjoying the course.

  2. Wonderful. Your grey matter is really developing muscles! So far with my own new camera I have learned that it helps to take off the lens cap. :{ Of course I think my selfie would look great with the lens cap on! LOL

  3. It looks like you are having fun and learning a lot! I've got PSE13 coming with my new laptop, and taking one of these classes is on my to do list. I've been using PSE5, so I will have a big learning curve! Lots of things there that I want to learn!

  4. I hate taking pics of myself ... kudos to you, Carolyn ! You just look like you are concentrating !
    I'm with Elle 'my selfie would look great with the lens cap on' !!! Elle, you are too funny ;)

  5. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm. Love the baby pic.

  6. Lot's of great learning, it is so wonderful how most of us are lifelong learners .

  7. Dear Carolyn, I love to see you although "severe" - never mind - I admire your work and your post is an enrichment on this morning where it is cold and grey outside. Lovely learning - love the watermark - and the little one is cute and of course has grown meanwhile.