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.

Nature’s Color Inspiration

Nature’s Color Inspiration

Nature’s Color Inspiration

Nature’s Color Inspiration is a brief perspective of how one can find inspiration in the plants that we see every day. We may pass by them yet never consider the beauty that surrounds us. The natural world can be a creative muse and invoke new ideas.

IMG_0192Currently Cochenille is working on Style Set 3, which will be a new plug-in for Garment Designer.  While Susan figures out the technical side of it, I get to be creative by building the fashion figures we use in our tutorials. I have 3 models ready to be dressed and find myself at an impasse when deciding what should seemingly be simple. What color do I make her top?

Although I consider myself to be a creative person, I often have trouble with colors and combining colors. The internet provides a substantial source of inspiration but sometimes you just need to get away from your computer. Finding myself in this predicament today, I decided to take a walk and snap a few photos. I also took with me one of our 3-in-1 Color Tools to match the plants to the colors I would use.IMG_0193

I love flowers and chose them as my source of inspiration. Matching the flower to the Color Tool, I would take note of the ID color on the card. The reverse side of the card gives the CMYK, RGB and # code. This is especially handy when your design requires a computer and matching colors. The card also displays the complimentary, analogous, split-complimentary and triadic colors. For someone who is color combining challenge it is quite helpful.

With my new sense of accomplishment, I set off to finish my design. Not only did I have my natural color inspiration and the exact code needed to recreate each color, I also got to step outside.

View more photos and see how I chose my colors in the following slide show. You will also get a sneak peak at one of the images that may be use in the new Style Set 3 Tutorial.To purchase the 3-in-1 Color Tool click on the SHOP NOW link and go to Design Aids. I hope I’ve given you some food for thought. Enjoy creating!

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