Ever since I was a child, I have been enthralled with Kaleidoscopes.
They always held me mesmerized for hours watching those patterns change
and become something else. I never understood how a couple of mirror
prisms and some sparkling items could produce such wonderful designs. I
have amassed a collection of them since becoming an adult.
My Mother and Father gave me a beautiful brass one in a velvet case
one year for Christmas. I have several wooden ones. My husband made me
one for a gift. And I have a small cardboard one that belonged to our
daughter when she was young. Some have an outer layer that you rotate
while looking in that magical hole. Others need to be rotated entirely.
They are still a fascination.
It is not Mac compatible. Anyone who knows me knows that buying
a computer program for me to use is not something that happens very
So home I came with my great fun program. He installed it for me and I
have enjoyed it ever since. I am going to show you exactly what this
can do. The picture that I started with is a picture of yellow tulips
and blue sky.
Using this program is so simple. You simply select a shape you wish
to use and slide the template over the image on the screen. When you
have it where you want it, click save. There is a rather large thumbnail
picture that shows up as you are positioning the template, so you can
see what you are going to get.
Working with the tulip picture, I first used a diamond shaped
template. The red on the tulip petal and the green stem are running down
the center of the diamond template in this picture.
Next I tried a template that was squared off on the edges. I was able
to turn the picture so that the stems came from the edges and you are
really able to see that the design is of tulips.
The program also includes some very lacy designs which I think are
quite beautiful. You will just have to look and see where the tulips and
the stems are.
You can also tile a design and make an allover pattern. If you print
this through your computer using one of the printable fabrics available,
you have yourself an original fabric design to work with.