Saturday, March 22, 2014

New Design!

Kaleidescopes - K1

It is time to introduce my newest design, but first I have to give some explanation of its inspiration.  I don't know if people in this digital day and age can understand the charm of looking through a kaleidescope, but they have always held a great deal of charm for me. 
The ever changing patterns and colors of a well made kaleidescope are fascinating and I loved this excerpt on "kaleidescopes" on Wikipedia -

"..A kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors. Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster "kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek   (kalos), "beautiful, beauty", (eidos), "that which is seen: form, shape" and (skopeō), "to look to, to examine", hence "observation of beautiful forms."

Beautiful forms they are indeed and I've wanted to create patterns that give the feel of a kaleidescope frozen in its lovely mirrored image.  So I am happy to introduce the first pattern of what I hope will be a series, "Kaleidescopes".
K1 Floss Palette ~ Violets & Blues
I'll be stitching the model on 20 count antique white aida evenweave fabric, using Rainbow Gallery Splendor silk floss in shades of violet and blue.  Stitch count is 145 x 145 and will measure a little over 8 inches square.

What do you think, does it look like a fun stitch?


  1. I love this! I also remember and love the Kaleidoscopes. Wish I still had one of them. Looking forward to seeing more.

  2. Thanks Mad Stitcher, if you'd like to see some fascinating new types of kaleidoscopes check out

    He even uses quilts in his 'kaleidescopes'

  3. I love this one! The colors are fantastic too. Can't wait to see it finished :)

  4. This is awesome! Kaleidoscopes were one of my favorite toys! Very reminiscent of my younger years! I, too, wish I still had mine!

  5. Thanks Faith & Lorene, I know the possibilities with kaleidoscopic images are endless and I'm really looking forward to exploring all the variations in color and form.

    I wish I still had mine too! :)