Cochenille Design Studio

Convergence 2020

Handweavers Guild of America – Convergence 2020

Cochenille Design Studio will be vending and hosting classes at Convergence 2020

Save the Date! This international fiber art experience will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee July 24 – 27, 2020.

Susan Lazear, owner of Cochenille Design Studio, will be teaching, “Prototyping Garments and Measurements and Patterns”

Please check back to this page, more information about Convergence® Knoxville 2020 and our classes will be available in the future.

From the convergence website:

First-time visitors are typically amazed by all Knoxville has to offer. In this one, unique location, mountains meet music… art meets adventure… culture meets cuisine… and no one meets a stranger. The pure walkability of downtown allows people to explore and discover vibrant murals, local music, historic sites, art museums, parks, greenways and more. With its sophisticated mix of culture and cuisine, served up with genuine hospitality, Knoxville will surprise you.

  • Knoxville is conveniently located just off I-40 and I-75, just minutes from I-81
  • Knoxville is within a day’s drive of half the continental U.S.
  • Knoxville boasts 120 daily flights from more than 20 nonstop destinations from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), 12 miles from downtown.

Convergence® will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Additional Sessions will be held next door at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park: Downtown Knoxville Hotel.

 

New for 2020:

  • Meals: Share stories of your Convergence® adventure as you dine with old friends and new. Tickets for the Fashion Show and the Keynote both include dinner. You may also purchase a meal plan for additional meals so you may stay close to the fiber action.
  • Skein Competition: Spinners enter your work to be judged and placed on exhibit in the Marketplace.
  • Panels: Each afternoon we offer an informational panel on opportunities for artists and crafters. Learn from those who have done it. A special evening panel will take place Sunday when Cathryn Bergeman moderates a panel on her graduate thesis topic: The Handweavers of Modern-Day Southern Appalachia: An Ethnographic Case Study. Admission is included with the purchase of a CVP or Day Pass.
  • Silent Auction: HGA has some fiber goodies we’ve collected. Get in on the action and join us in the Marketplace and place your bid. All proceeds benefit HGA’s Fiber Trust.
  • Thread Talks: Share with our audience your story or one of your fiber art experiences.

Stitches United 2020 Hartford, CT

Stitches United 2020

Cochenille is heading eastward to Hartford, CT! It has been far too long since Cochenille has visited our friends out East and we are excited to meet with our users, host fun inspirational classes, offer special pricing on our products and present live demonstrations of the program’s abilities.

STITCHES United 2020 will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center & Marriott in Hartford Downtown Hartford, CT on March 26th-29th, 2020.

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 has taught 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.

Susan Lazear, has taught fashion and design workshops around the world and now she will traveling across the country to teach at STITCHES United 2020. Don’t miss this opportunity and sign up today! 

You can view Susan’s STITCHES United class schedule listed below

Thursday 03/26/2020, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday 03/26/2020, 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 through Cochenille.com. You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible.

 

Upcycle Project by Susan Lazear

Upcycle and Design: A Signature Jacket (or Top)
Sunday 03/29/2020, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Upcycling and sustainability is all the rage. Why not join the movement and create a signature jacket from a well-loved sweatshirt?

Bring your knit/crochet/sewing/weaving skills together by making the piece with an existing (oversized) sweatshirt as your base. You will begin the process of adding yarn, swatches, fabric pieces, and embellishments to the base. This hands-on experience offers a lot of inspiration as Susan Lazear shares her ideas as you begin. The sweatshirt offers a quick-fit opportunity where you can focus on surface design and assemblage to create a contemporary and unique piece.

Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2020

Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2020

Save the Date for February 27 – March 1, 2020, Cochenille Design Studio and Susan Lazear will be coming to Puyallup, Washington to offer show specials, demonstrations and classes!

Please come back to this event page for updates on where you can find us at the show and the schedule for Susan’s fun and informative classes.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@cochenille.com

 

 

Stitch Painter: From Photo to Design – Cancelled

Stitch Painter: From Photo to Design – Cancelled

Stitch Painter: From Photo to Design

This webinar has been cancelled and will be hosted again in the future.

Stitch Painter Full Color Import plug-in allows you to take your full colored scanned images and import them into Cochenille’s Stitch Painter software.

Take a photo or clip art and easily transform it into a gridded design perfect for cross stitch, pixel art, mosaics, and more.

Learn how to take full advantage of the Full Color Import module of Stitch Painter. In this webinar you will learn the basic steps of taking a photo or clip art image and bringing it into Stitch Painter. Grid it, pull a color palette, or simply use the color proportions as a guide for good design. Susan will walk you through multiple uses of this great tool. You’ll also learn how to utilize some of the new features of Stitch Painter 3.

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.

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.

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

Garment Designer: Knit Specific Functions

Garment Designer: Knit Specific Functions

Garment Designer: Knit Specific Functions

In the Garment Designer: Knit Specific Functions webinar Susan will be covering all things related to working with knitwear design: The design process, ease and fit with knits, generating output for knits, calculating yarn, reading the shaping instructions and more. If you are using Garment Designer to knit, this webinar will be of great value to you.

If you are interested in designing knitwear, please check out of Fall Garment Designer Knit Workshop in November.

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.

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