Kaleidoscope Kreator: More CHA Innovationcomments (3) February 1st, 2009
Another product I found very exciting at CHA was the Kaleidoscope Kreator, a software program that builds amazing images for crafting.
To use it, you simply upload a photograph to your computer. The software then allows you to choose one section of that image and build it into a gorgeous, detailed kaleidoscope—in your choice of shapes. You can then print your kaleidoscope onto fabric or paper to create all kinds of wonderful things.
I first saw this software in action on Quilting Arts TV, where the inventor, Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero, printed kaleidoscopes onto muslin and then embellished them with embroidery and beadwork as the basis for greeting cards. Beautiful. The kaleidoscopes are also great for quilts, clothing, and scrapbook embellishments. At the booth at CHA, I saw some incredible 3D paper ornaments made from layers of kaleidoscope—the software will print them for you, and all you have to do is cut them out and assemble.
You can watch a fun video demo of the Kaleidoscope Kreator here, or see plenty of cool project ideas at the website.
And, if you're a Windows user, you can also download a free trial version of the software to play with. Have fun!
Reporting from CHA
January 25-28, 2009
This week we are reporting from the Craft & Hobby Association Winter Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, CA.