Variations on a Theme

Variations on a Theme

Variations on a Theme

Just as music has variations to a theme, so can we, using Garment Designer. In this webinar, you will learn how to take one pattern and apply different variations to it to create multiple looks. This is an ideal approach for anyone who has a garment they love, and want more mileage from. The inspiration garment for this webinar comes from Italy.

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.


Creativ Festival

Creativ Festival

Since 1988, Creativ Festival is Canada’s largest DIY consumer show dedicated to the creative arts of sewing, knitting, beading, spinning, weaving, felting, quilting, crocheting, stitching, scrapbooking, crafting and other fibre, textile, needle and paper arts. 

Cochenille will be at booth #121, stop by for a chat!

Susan will be hosting the following seminars:

CHANGE IT UP! Learn how to use a favorite pattern as an anchor piece and change it up to create variations on a theme. Change the neckline, add a style feature, fashion it up or down. In the end, you have multiple patterns, each one a bit different, and all should become staples in your wardrobe. Students will work on some basic ideas presented in class to develop a mini collection of ideas to take home and execute.

1.5 Hour Seminar | Thurs 1:00 – 2:30 (Aviation C1)

PATTERN SOFTWARE … IS IT FOR YOU? Tired of all the pattern alterations? Maybe it is time to consider letting the computer aid you in obtaining patterns that are better suited to your proportions. This class will focus on a discussion of considerations one should make when working with software; what measurements are important, trouble fit areas, the use of master patterns, pattern editing for fit and creativity, etc. Learn how just possibly, computer software can be your ally. Garment Designer for Windows/ Mac will be used as the demonstration tool, but the same thought processes are necessary for other programs 1.5 Hour Seminar | Fri 9:00 – 10:30 (Aviation C1)

THE ASIAN AESTHETIC: CREATIVITY WITH SIMPLE SHAPES Japanese fashion designers have reinvented simple and traditional garment shapes for years. This lecture will inspire you with their creativity, and a discussion of how to go beyond the rectangle when building unique and fashionable garments. This class is suitable for pattern development for many textile arts. 1.5 Hour Seminar | Fri 1:00 – 2:30 (Aviation C1)

KNOCK-OFFS AND ADAPTATIONS The process of ‘knocking off’ and/or adapting a garment is really not that difficult. Susan will show you how to analyze photos, pictures and even actual garments to determine how one creates them, either by modifying existing patterns, or by creating your own with pattern design software. Learn how to analyze your fit preferences, determine the design details and translate these to a paper pattern. You will be amazed at how easy the process can be. Demonstration will be with paper patterns and Garment Designer software. For non-computer and computer people. 1.5 Hour Seminar | Sat 3:00 – 4:30 (Aviation C1)

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Fabric Inspiration for Garment Designer, Los Angeles Style

Fabric Inspiration for Garment Designer, Los Angeles Style

It’s Garment Designer project time! Earlier this month, I accompanied my advanced design fashion students to Los Angles garment district so that they could source fabrics for their collections. We started downtown in the fabric district and ended up at Mood Fabrics by day’s end.

On the streets of LA
Notions Store
Ribbon embellished fabric
Lace yardage
and lace trims

I managed to refrain from purchase… but then, we went to Mood Fabrics.

So, here you see my weakness. Here are some upcoming Garment Designer Projects.

A Digital Print fabric… whoa… it makes me dizzy, but it is so fun!
A linen open weave… perfect for a felting base.
A die-cut polyester which I will use for a sublimation project.

It’s Spring Break now,,, so maybe I can get one of these items made. Wish me luck!


Cochenille Design Studio Design Challenges

Announcing Cochenille Challenges!

Have you ever found that one needs a deadline in order to move your creative projects up the list of ‘must do’s’? We have recognized this reality, and thus, Cochenille is going to start setting out design challenges and invite our users to partake.

Approximately monthly, we will post a challenge using either Garment Designer, or Stitch Painter, or both (dependent upon the challenge). Users who partake can enter a challenge through a submission of imagery emailed to Cochenille ( We’ll post the results and a winner will be chosen. Winners will receive a gift certificate for Cochenille product.

There could be two ways to partake in the challenge.

  1. Design in Garment Designer or Stitch Painter and simply submit your file to share in our slideshow.
  2. To qualify for a gift certificate prize, you must go one step further. You must execute the design beyond a file on the computer. This could amount to e.g. a sample swatch (if knitting), a test stitchery sample (if needlework) or a small quarter or half-scale sewn garment if sewing with Garment Designer.

Upcoming Challenges

February   The Theme of Hearts (see the next blog entry)

March       Design a unique fob for your Hasp Key.

April          Pieced Design Garment (knit or sewn).

Details on each challenge will be posted.

Here is a prelude to this month’s challenge.

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