Cochenille Design Studio

STITCHES Midwest 2019

STITCHES Midwest 2019

Cochenille will be vending and offering classes at STITCHES 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.

Class 1426 (Easy)
Thursday, August 1st 2019 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Thursday 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.

If you are test driving, you must pre-arrange a digital download by emailing stephanie@cochenille.com. You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible.

Sewing Techniques for Combining Yarn Crafts with Fabric
Class 1425 (Easy)
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.

From Photoshop to Fabric and Garments
Class 1424 Intermediate
Sunday, August 4th 2019 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

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

Use the discount below to receive $7 off admission to the Market of Friday and Saturday. Sunday, August 4 will be Friends & Family Day and admission to the Market will be free!

Oh My Stars, A Free Garment Designer Pattern!

Designing a Star on Garment Designer

Cochenille has many crafters using the Garment Designer program, so I thought I’d share a quick look at my craft project. Since we have a webinar later this month about Working with the Extras Menu, I thought I could show it being used in action! I will include the Garment Designer Pattern file as well as a half-scaled .pdf at the end of this post.

Now many of you may have noticed Garment Designer does not have stars included in the Style Sets, but if you’ve seen a few of our other posts, you know that we can modify these styles quite a bit simply by moving points around. My Fourth of July craft challenge to myself was to modify a style in Garment Designer into a star.

In order to draft a star I first needed to find any style with 10 points and all straight segments. Having curved segments would work as well, but it would not be ideal since I would also have to adjust the bezier curve handles. For this endeavor, I looked towards our collars, under the extras menu. The Collar Stand: Mandarin 1 collar to be exact.

You can find this by going to your Extras Menu, then selecting Joined at Back under the collar title (which will always be greyed out because it is just a title):

In the time-lapsed video for this project I had hidden my other pieces so I only had my ‘extras’ showing. You can choose which pieces are shown, and how they are displayed (joined, adjacent, independent) by going to Display > Pieces:

Allow me give you a general overview of what I did. There were a few times I got my math wrong so I would have to go back and fix points, you’ll notice me go ‘backwards’ pretty often and recheck measurements, then cross-check again.First I just moved the points into the general shape of a star. Then after calculating what my dimensions should be, I turned on the dimensions on my pattern to assist me (Display > Show Dimensions). I also used my info bar to measure between points or to measure segment.

If you are not familiar with selecting and measuring segments, read Chapter 3 in the Manual.

No, really, go read it. Learning how to select and measure segments and points is a must when working in Garment Designer.

Windows Users can find their Manual on their Desktop or by going to their C: Drive > Garment Designer folder. Mac users can find the Garment Designer folder located in Applications.

Info Bar Tip: Just because there is not a segment between two points does not mean you cannot measure the height or width between those two points. Select the two points you want to measure (you may have to suppress symmetry temporarily if it is turned on) then look at your info bar in the lower left corner of your screen for the information:

I planned on using this star template to make patriotic bunting out of glitter foam or felt pieces next time I run to the craft store. I will use the entire semi-circle to cut out the red. Then layer the white and blue pieces on top.

After completing the star I visited my Extras Menu again to pick a shape. I chose a ‘Round Shape’ and then moved the uppermost point level with the two points at the sides to make a semicircle.

To mark the other semicircles within my shape I used the facing option. I selected the circular outer segments then went to Additions > Add Facing.

I’ve included the file below if you’d like to take a peek, but try not to change any of the styles. You can also scale the display to print out a larger size or smaller sizes.

Cochenille Star Pattern and Printout

Enjoy your day and happy crafting!

The Cochenille Lyon, France Fashion and Design Retreat

The Cochenille Lyon, France Fashion and Design Retreat

This year we have a unique opportunity as we have partnered with a French company called Label Graine to offer a workshop at their location in Valsonne, France, near Lyon. This company digitally prints fabrics and has recently redesigned a portion of their space to suit workshops for designers, students, or others who want to involve digital printing in their creative life. Our retreat will combine four days exploring Lyon for its silk history, fashion, art, and of course, its food. As the culinary capital of France, you will love the food as well as the wine.

Please download the required registration form and brochure from the link below:

Lyon 2019 Registration Form and Flyer

To send in a deposit to hold your spot on this retreat, please go to:

https://shop.cochenille.com/products/lyon-deposit

To send in the remaining balance for this retreat, please go to: https://shop.cochenille.com/products/lyon-final-balance

Moving from Garment Designer to Stitch Painter- Cancelled

Moving from Garment Designer to Stitch Painter- Cancelled

Moving from Garment Designer to Stitch Painter

This webinar will show you how to create styles in Garment Designer and move them into Stitch Painter for stitch design work. Various techniques will be covered including top-down work, engineered designs, etc.

For those who have not yet attended, a webinar is a 60 to 70 minute online class to include Lecture, Question & Answer and PDF Handouts for personal use. This is a live class and cannot be viewed later if purchased.

Webinars need a minimum of three participants to host. If we do not meet this minimum the webinar will be cancelled two days prior, so be sure to register early.

After registration, we will contact you with the meeting information.

Using Symmetry

Using Symmetry

Using Symmetry

The Symmetry function in Garment Designer is a powerful feature to use when designing in Garment Designer. Susan will help you understand how to use symmetry effectively and creatively so that you can get the most out of this feature.

Susan will be designing several Garments using asymmetry, such as criss-cross tops, you will be shown how to use the give/take symmetry feature to improve your fit and more!

We’ve listened to your feedback and will have the webinars available to review for attendees who sign up prior to the scheduled webinar but are unable to attend at that time. The video will be completely unedited, directly from the webinar meeting. It will be available for three days after the webinar is hosted. You must sign up prior to the scheduled date.

For those who have not yet attended, a webinar is a 60 to 70 minute online class to include Lecture, Question & Answer and PDF Handouts for personal use.

Webinars need a minimum of three participants to host. If we do not meet this minimum the webinar will be cancelled two days prior, so be sure to register early.

After registration, we will contact you with the meeting information.

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