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Kaleidoscope Kreator: More CHA Innovation

comments (3) February 1st, 2009     

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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One of Kaleidoscope Kreator inventor Jeanie Sumrall-Ajeros embellished kaleidoscopes.
Any photographic image contains the seeds of a lovely kaleidoscope. The Kaleidoscope Kreator website even has examples of kaleidoscopes made from portraits of people.
The software lets you choose from a wide variety of kaleidoscope shapes.
You can even turn your kaleidoscope into a beautiful repeating pattern, perfect for printing onto fabric or paper.
These amazing 3D kaleidoscope ornaments can be made in lots of shapes and sizes.
One of Kaleidoscope Kreator inventor Jeanie Sumrall-Ajeros embellished kaleidoscopes.

One of Kaleidoscope Kreator inventor Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero's embellished kaleidoscopes.

Photo: Diane Gilleland

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!

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Comments (3)

DigitalCrafts writes: There's another kaleidoscope creator at It's a lot cheaper, but also simpler and you need Photoshop.
Posted: 12:56 am on February 27th
paperrain writes: okay, stop it. I can't fit any more sites in my bookmarks!!

Is this not fab? This is an overachiever, for sure. I love the idea of creating a design and putting it on fabric. Count me curious.
Posted: 3:22 pm on February 5th
Jen_W writes: I totally missed the Kaleidoscope Kreator. It's so incredible. Thanks for posting.
Posted: 1:47 pm on February 1st
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