Cochenille Design Studio

Fashion and Food Retreat in Italy June 2017

 

It’s that time again… planning for our annual creative retreat in Italy. This year it will be a combination of both the Food and the Fashion. The Dates are June 14th – 23rd, 2017.

Here are some highlights of past trips and a testimonial from a happy traveller who joined us in 2015.

The 2015 Fashion Retreat was a real trip of a lifetime. As an avid textile lover, it was a transformational experience! Susan’s fun and fact filled itinerary exceeded my expectations. We had such an organized agenda it seemed like we were on the go from morning until night. The array of appointments included quality museums, demonstrations, factory visits, fashion houses and many, many extras –Venice, opera, great Italian dining, terrific accommodations, and easy transportation. Susan was always there to guide and help us along the way. It’s difficult to say what my favorite experience was- it was all very exceptional.

“Eye opening, fun, educational, adventurous… not your ordinary trip!

Linda Perry

Click on this link for more info.. and enjoy the fashion and food photos here..

Painting a ceramic in Renaissance style

 

Lunch at a restaurant in the Lake Garda district. We will have a cooking class here in 2017!

 

and of course… wine tasting in the Lake district outside of Verona

 

We’ll have a felt workshop with Lisbeth Wahl, renown fiber artist

 

There are always the appetizers!

 

Lots of unique styles

 

Visiting a velvet weaving workshop in Venice

 

with Gloria..

 

and lots of relaxation!
Interesting Garment Designer Pattern Style

Interesting Garment Designer Pattern Style

 

Inspiration Top used as my starting point for my new Garment Designer pattern.
Inspiration Top used as my starting point for my new Garment Designer pattern.

It’s time to make a pattern!! One of my favorite things in my creative world, is to figure out how to make patterns using Garment Designer. I’m constantly looking at clothing and analyzing it in my mind to determine what styles I would choose withing the software to create a pattern.

Here you can see a purple fleece garment. The design detail that caught my eye was the curved princess seam. Isn’t it great!

So, into Garment Designer I go, to see if I can make the program sing for me.  Basically, I maneuvered the princess seam lines, with the curve control points to get the curve swing I wanted to mimic the top’s style. I also moved a few points around, but it looks like I’m good to go!!

Here is my result.

Princess Seam Pattern
Getting Creative with Garment Designer’s Princess seam line.

 

 

Garment Designer Software Workshop-New Mexico

Garment Designer Software Workshop-New Mexico

Garment Designer Software Workshop-New Mexico

Garment Designer Software Workshop-New Mexico! Next week, a group of Cochenille users will be spending concentrated time in this 100 year old Inn, in Cimarron, New Mexico. We take over the Inn, set up computers, and away we go with learning Garment Designer! Our focus this year includes learning how to measure clothing accurately, so we can reproduce the patterns we want in Garment Designer.

Garment Designer Software Workshop-New Mexico
Site of our workshop, Casa del Gavilan near Cimarron, New Mexico.

Students will learn more about their software, how to input measurements, choose styles, edit patterns, and simply enjoy a fun and relaxed learning environment.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

 

Casa del Gavilan

Garment Designer, Stitch Painter Software Down Under

Garment Designer, Stitch Painter Software Down Under

Regards from the land of down under!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of women in Christchurch, New Zealand and walking through the paces with both Garment Designer and Stitch Painter software programs. We covered a lot in our four hours together including the functions of both programs as well as measuring one’s body measuring ready-to-wear to learn about the clothing we like, and general design.

Shona Shofield hosted the event (shona@feltandfibre.co.nz). You can see her in the center back row.

New Zealand Garment Designer and Stitch Painter software presentation
New Zealand ladies at the Cochenille Design Studio software presentation in Christchurch.
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