Claire made the background by scanning in a swatch of free-form crochet.

 

 

It looked like this:

 

 

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Then she reduced the colors to 256 grays.

 

She used this file as the background:

 

 

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Also, she modified the original file with PhotoShop.

In this example, she used Extensis' PhotoBevels:

 

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