Stitches West 2020

Stitches West 2020

We are pleased to announce that Cochenille will be returning to Santa Clara for STITCHES West 2020 for another weekend full of excitement (and shopping!)

Cochenille will be vending at STITCHES West 2020 in Santa Clara, CA February 20th -23rd, Booth# 308. We will have show special pricing on our products and live demos.  Be sure to register for our classes as well as Susan Lazear, creator and owner of Cochenille, has a great class schedule lined up for the whole weekend.

In addition to being the owner and Creative Director of Cochenille Design Studio, Susan Lazear is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego where she teaches various fashion courses including Textiles, Patternmaking, Textile Design, Clothing Construction and Fashion History. Susan designs wearable art, mixed media clothing (e.g. sewing and knitting) and is a computer graphic artist.

She has taught fashion and design workshops around the world and now she will be teaching at STITCHES West 2020. You can view her STITCHES West class schedule below:

Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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, Please email info@cochenulle.com. You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible.

Saturday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
Why not add mixed-media techniques to your creative repertoire? Learn to combine knit or crochet with commercial fabrics. Using hand-techniques, you 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 required. Susan will also discuss machine sewing techniques, so bring your own machine if you’d like to try them in class.

 

 

STITCHES SoCal 2019

STITCHES SoCal 2019

SAVE THE DATE!

Cochenille Design Studio will be vending and hosting classes at STITCHES November 14-17, 2019, Pasadena, CA.

Cochenille will be hosting live demonstrations in the booth and we will have an array of show specials. Come visit and try the software out for yourself!

Susan Lazear will be hosting two of her popular classes, please view the tentative schedule below. We will have more details, such as times, in the near future.

Sewing Techniques for Combining YarnCrafts with Fabric
Thursday, November 14th 2019 9 a.m – 12 p.m

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.

Moving into the Electronic Age: Designing Knits or SewnClothing on your Computer
Sunday, November 17th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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.

You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible. If you are test driving the software, you can email stephanie@cochenille.com to pre-arrange a digital download which she will send out two weeks prior to the scheduled class.

Please email us at info@cochenille.com if you have any questions.

We are thrilled to be able to attend other great STITCHES events in 2019. You can also find us at STITCHES Midwest 2019 and STITCHES Salt Lake 2019.

 

American Sewing Guild Conference 2018

The ASG annual Conference is a once-a-year opportunity for sewing enthusiasts to gather to celebrate all things sewing, quilting and embroidery. This conference is open to members and non-members and will be hosted at Westgate Las Vegas Resort July 12-15 2018.

Susan Lazear will be hosting three classes at the conference, please see the class descriptions below.

How Body Measurements Relate to Your Pattern 

Friday, July 13 2018, 8:15 am to 10:15 am

A little knowledge up front goes a long way to fit and great looking clothing.  In this lecture, you will learn how to take meaningful and accurate body measurements. Then, we will take it one step further to discuss which parts of a pattern are impacted by proper and improper measurements. You will leave with a greater understanding of why some patterns work and others don’t, and you can apply your knowledge to correct patterns, based on your measurements before you even cut the fabric.

The Creative Process: From Inspiration to Planned Garment  

Saturday, July 14 2018, 8:15 am to 4:00 pm

This workshop will take your through the creative process, from story boarding your ideas, to developing a plan for a group of garments that work with your figure and your sense of style. No art background necessary. Learn how to ideate and create. Student will develop an inspiration board of ideas, and then move on to plan the fabrication, color story, styles, and fabrication for a group of garments. This is the process typical to designing a line of clothing.

Class Materials List:

  • Fashion magazines/mail order catalogs of fashion clothing or printouts of pictures or patterns that you like.
  • Basic Art Supplies: White paper, paper scissors, colored pencils, glue stick, measuring tape, rulers, pad of tracing paper
  • 15×20 Elmer’s Foam Board (half of a full one, available at Michael’s, http://www.michaels.com/elmers-foam-board-white/10110205.html_
  • Fabric Swatches of fabrics you would consider using

Waistband Alternatives  

 Sunday, July 15 2018, 8:15 am to 10:15 am

Has your waist changed? Don’t give up on the skirts and pants you love.  Rather, learn some techniques for reworking your existing garments. Using various ideas gleaned from observing fashion and ready-to-wear, Susan Lazear will walk you through several techniques that you can utilize. Look also at what fashion is doing to allow clothing to fit a greater range of bodies.

American Sewing Guild Conference Class schedule and descriptions:

https://www.asg.org/files/conference/ASGConf18_Classes.pdf

American Sewing Guild Conference Website:

https://www.asg.org/resources/conference/

Stitches West 2018

Stitches West 2018

Stitches West 2018

Stitches West 2018 in Santa Clara is a show not to be missed. This year Cochenille will be vending as well as hosting classes!

Cochenille will be vending at Stitches West 2018 in Santa Clara, CA February 23-25th at Booth #408 and we will also be hosting classes! Shop our show specials and register for our classes!

In addition to being the owner and Creative Director of Cochenille Design Studio, Susan Lazear is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego where she teachers various fashion courses including Textiles, Patternmaking, Textile Design, Clothing Construction and Fashion History. Susan designs wearable art, mixed media clothing (e.g. sewing and knitting) and is a computer graphic artist.

She has taught fashion and design workshops around the world and now she will be teaching at Stitches West 2018. If you are attending the show, don’t miss this oppurtunity to enjoy one of her classes.

Combining Knits with Fabrics 

Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn how to combine a fabric with yarn to create a mixed media project. This hands-on class will teach you how to measure and create a square-armhole style garment out of a fleece, wool,or other fabric, and plan knit sleeves and a collar or scarf to go with it. Students will measure each other, draft a pattern, then plan the use of yarn and stitch pattern to coordinate with the fabric. If you bring he fabric, you can use your lunch hour to find the perfect yarn in the market place. Various design concepts and combination techniques will be discussed in the class.

Think Proportional…for Garment Design 

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This class focuses on a design philosophy which will teach you to look at garments and translate them to your own proportions. Learn to analyze and translate what you see in knitting patterns, fashion magazines, and online to your personal shape and proportions. Students will measure each other and work with a pattern (provided) to understand logical changes. Then knitters, sewers, weavers and multi-crafters can adapt the process and garments that work with their proportions.

 

Cross-pollinating Techniques

Sunday, February 25th, 2018 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Expand your knitting repertoire by borrowing from the sewing world. Learn how to knit pin tucks, hung hems, various bindings/edgings, casings, zipper ideas, embellishments, etc. Make your knitting unique, learn how to combine and apply these techniques. Soon you’ll be adding unique details to all your knit projects.

To view more details & register for classes go to: http://www.knittinguniverse.com/teacher/teacher_details/view/86/8370/Susan_Lazear/

Can’t make it to Stitches West to attend a class? See our webstore for a list of our downloadable webinars and live webinars

We hope to see you there!

The Cochenille Team

info@cochenille.com

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