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.

American Sewing Guild Conference 2018

The ASG annual Conference is a once-a-year opportunity for sewing enthusiasts to gather to celebrate all things sewing, quilting and embroidery. This conference is open to members and non-members and will be hosted at Westgate Las Vegas Resort July 12-15 2018.

Susan Lazear will be hosting three classes at the conference, please see the class descriptions below.

How Body Measurements Relate to Your Pattern 

Friday, July 13 2018, 8:15 am to 10:15 am

A little knowledge up front goes a long way to fit and great looking clothing.  In this lecture, you will learn how to take meaningful and accurate body measurements. Then, we will take it one step further to discuss which parts of a pattern are impacted by proper and improper measurements. You will leave with a greater understanding of why some patterns work and others don’t, and you can apply your knowledge to correct patterns, based on your measurements before you even cut the fabric.

The Creative Process: From Inspiration to Planned Garment  

Saturday, July 14 2018, 8:15 am to 4:00 pm

This workshop will take your through the creative process, from story boarding your ideas, to developing a plan for a group of garments that work with your figure and your sense of style. No art background necessary. Learn how to ideate and create. Student will develop an inspiration board of ideas, and then move on to plan the fabrication, color story, styles, and fabrication for a group of garments. This is the process typical to designing a line of clothing.

Class Materials List:

  • Fashion magazines/mail order catalogs of fashion clothing or printouts of pictures or patterns that you like.
  • Basic Art Supplies: White paper, paper scissors, colored pencils, glue stick, measuring tape, rulers, pad of tracing paper
  • 15×20 Elmer’s Foam Board (half of a full one, available at Michael’s,
  • Fabric Swatches of fabrics you would consider using

Waistband Alternatives  

 Sunday, July 15 2018, 8:15 am to 10:15 am

Has your waist changed? Don’t give up on the skirts and pants you love.  Rather, learn some techniques for reworking your existing garments. Using various ideas gleaned from observing fashion and ready-to-wear, Susan Lazear will walk you through several techniques that you can utilize. Look also at what fashion is doing to allow clothing to fit a greater range of bodies.

American Sewing Guild Conference Class schedule and descriptions:

American Sewing Guild Conference Website:

The Art of Taking Measurements

The Art of Taking Measurements

The Art of Taking Measurements
Tuesday, August 4th 2016 at 10am PST

This webinar focuses on the art of taking measurements properly and accurately, for Garment Designer and general pattern making. It will also cover what part of the pattern a measurement affects, and how better fit can be achieved, with the proper measurement in place.

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