Using a computer I download the image I want to replicate in fabric to my Adobe Photoshop program. Then I set about restricting the color concentration and use the "cut out" function to break down the piece into a "workable" color pallet. After enlarging the piece to the appropriate size, I print it out.
This is my favorite part --I go through my fabric collection and find the pieces that would represent the original photo. Or if I'm going for a different feel, I pick colors that are the opposite of my photo, or accenting colors. Wherever my imagination leads me!
The next part is my secret weapon... using my iron I bind Heat-n-Bond lite to the back of the fabric.
Then it's a matter of cutting out the shapes from the photo, tracing them onto the backs of the fabric, and finally cutting them from the fabric itself. Using the photo cutout I then place the fabric in its exact location (Psst! I promise this is easier demonstrated then written out.)
Once you have your pieces ironed down, it's time to sew sew SEW! I like to experiment with different stitches on my machine. When you compare the unstitched piece to the stitched one, you can really see the piece come to life.