Webinar: Unique Color Design with Stitch Painter   ***New

Webinar: Unique Color Design with Stitch Painter ***New

Stitch Painter is a grid-design tool for any textile person who creates on a grid. Whether you are a knitter, weaver, crocheter, beader, needleworker, or other, you will want to see all the creative things you can do with the software. Susan will demonstrate a variety of techniques such as creating gradients, experimenting with color rotation, FAST design techniques, building sophisticated motifs/patterns. You will see a variety of examples pulled from the web and Pinterest, plus Susan’s own work. This is a must-have webinar for anyone working with Stitch Painter, or contemplating purchasing it.

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 minutes 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, one or two days prior to the scheduled time.

Garment Designer Top: African Influence

Recently, I oversaw a project at Mesa College in San Diego, which involved a partnership between our Fashion students, the Mesa African Art collection, and Visions Art Museum in San Diego Liberty Station.

There were several aspects to the project, but the final activity was a fashion show featuring African-influenced clothing. Many of the garments came from my Textile Design students in my Fall semester class. I decided that I too needed to get involved, and so embarked on two different design projects. In this blog, I’ll share the first with you.

My source of inspiration was a piece of carved wood. Sad to say, I don’t know future details, only that I took the photo while we were visiting the artifact collection.

Since the original wood piece was rounded, I had to use Photoshop to straighten it out a bit.

Photo of Inspiration: from a piece of carved wood

I wanted the garment to be relatively simple, free of internal structural lines, so that the wood imagery would be seen as it was designed.

Below is the pattern I settled on. This was taken from a top I own that I purchased in Japan.

The pattern created in Garment Designer pattern software

In Garment Designer, I set the page size to be the size of the pattern, and then saved the pattern as a PDF.

Then.. on to Photoshop.

There I opened the large pattern pieces (each on a separate page), and I brought them together into one document. The width of this document was set up to the width of the fabric I wanted to print on (which was a polyester chiffon, 58” wide).

Pattern pieces laid into Photoshop

Working between the imagery document and the Garment Designer pattern document, I used Selection tools, and copy/paste to bring the images in.  I orchestrated a border effect on the bottom and stretched the imagery to fill the space above. You can see the results below.

Garment Designer pattern in Photoshop, with the imagery engineered into place

Once I had the layout ready, I threw in some variations of the pattern off to the side of each pattern piece, so I would have fabric to trim the neckline and armholes during the sewing process.

Extra imagery is added to the file to provide trim fabric

The next step was to upload to Spoonflower in North Carolina.

The order process on Spoonflower, digital printing of fabric

And then to wait until the fabric arrived, which of course was only a few days before the fashion show… so time to sew!!

One of the beautiful things about engineered design, is that you don’t ever print a paper pattern. Instead, your fabric arrives with the garment piece all laid out and ready to cut. Here is my fabric just before cutting.

Fabric ready to be cut. Note how similar this is to a cookie cutter approach!

I used some of the trim areas to make the binding for the neckline and armholes. These were cut on the bias and applied to finish the edges. The most challenging part of the construction was sewing chiffon on a bias grain. I simply serged the edge, pressed it under and top stitched it in place, attempting to have minimal handling.

The garment was complete, and ready for the show.

See how the back cut is different from the front.
The final garment, yea!

I only have one shot from the show, a rear-view, but as you can see, it was modelled.

Garment being modeled at the Fashion Show at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA

So, another ‘done’ project. I love to have a motivator (such as a fashion show) which gives me the reason to move ‘To Do’ items up the list of priorities.

And I course, I love Garment Designer. It is such a creative tool; I can do most anything with it and in very short order, and of course, because it knows my body measurements, I never have to alter. Can life get any better?

Stitch Painter: Symbols, Texture, & Pattern Panels

Stitch Painter: Symbols, Texture, & Pattern Panels

Stitch Painter: Symbols, Texture, & Pattern Panels

In this webinar, you will learn how to work with some of the specialty panels of Stitch Painter. Build your own symbols and use them in design, use the Textures panel to create the illusion of tweed yarns, or multi-colored prints, and explore the new Patterns panel for creative applications. The focus will be on symbol design as it pertains to knitting, crochet, stitchery, and other uses.

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.

Webinars  will be 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.

Webinar – Walking Tour of Stitch Painter

Webinar – Walking Tour of Stitch Painter

Walking Tour of Stitch Painter webinar will walk you through our software. Exploring unfamiliar surroundings is always easier when you have someone who knows the environment and speaks the language fluently. In this webinar let Susan Lazear guide you through the layout, menus, panels and more as you take a walking tour of Stitch Painter. Familiarize yourself with the many creative tools that Stitch Painter provides so that you can make the most out of each visit to Stitch Painter.

 

Walking Tour of Stitch Painter

Walking Tour of Stitch Painter

Walking Tour of Stitch Painter

Walking Tour of Stitch Painter is a webinar that will help you navigate through Cochenille’s Stitch Painter software. Exploring unfamiliar surroundings is always easier when you have someone who knows the environment and speaks the language fluently. In this webinar let Susan Lazear guide you through the layout, menus, panels and more as you take a walking tour of Stitch Painter. Familiarize yourself with the many creative tools that Stitch Painter provides so that you can make the most out of each visit to Stitch Painter.

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