Stitches Midwest 2019
August 1 @ 9:00 am - August 4 @ 5:00 pm
Cochenille will be vending and offering classes at Stitch Midwest 2019 in Schaumburg, Illinois! Stop by booth #607 for special on-site pricing on software, webinars, design aids and more.
Susan, creator and owner of Cochenille Design Studio, will also be offering classes all weekend long for those hoping to get the most out of the convention weekend. Please see the class descriptions below or go to Stitches Midwest’s website to view the Class Schedule.
This hands-on class is designed for people who want a refresher on the use of Garment Designer and Stitch Painter software or for those who want to test drive to determine if computer design may work for them.
In the morning we will walk through the use of Garment Designer to show you how to create patterns for sweaters — bottom-up, sideways, top-down — in any gauge or stitch pattern. Sewists will add hems, facings, and seams to their designs.
Learn how to tweak patterns for fashion, style, or fit.
In the afternoon, we will move to Stitch Painter, a grid-based software program (perfect for knitting, crochet, beading, etc), where you will learn how to design colored charts on a grid, using repeat modes, pre-determined palettes, etc. We will explore some of the more advanced features such as designing with symbols, importing a photograph, building motif libraries, etc.
If you are test driving, you must pre-arrange a digital download through Cochenille.com. You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible.
Saturday, August 3rd 2019 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Why not add mixed-media techniques to your creative repertoire? Learn to combine knit or crochet with commercial fabrics. Using sewing machines, sergers, and hand-techniques, students will make samples that can be used along with your knit and crochet swatches in a garment or accessory.
We will sample joining techniques, cut-and-sew our knits, add edgings, finishings, etc. and discuss knitting and crochet techniques for finishing your designs beautifully. Mixed Media is simple when you have the right techniques!
Note: Basic sewing skills and comfort with a sewing machine required.
Machines will be provided for use in class.
This class will show you how to explore Photoshop and bring photo and graphic images into your fiber designs.
In the morning, you will learn how to develop a design motif and repeat it for yardage. Then, Susan will walk you through the steps of how to upload it to Spoonflower where you can order yardage to be printed and shipped to your home. Your photographs or motifs provided by the instructor are all options for an original design.
In the afternoon, you will learn to place a photographic image onto a full-size garment pattern (provided) and engineer the imagery into the shape. Your result will be a one-of-a-kind, print garment. The fabric for which can be sent to Spoonflower for printing.
Note: You must have Photoshop on your portable computer. You can download a 30-day demo from Adobe for free