Cochenille New Mexico Retreat 2019

Cochenille New Mexico Retreat 2019

Cimarron, New Mexico

August 8th – 11th

We are continuing our tradition of truly retreating in an amazing location and spending focus time with Garment Designer. So, we return to Cimarron, New Mexico and the a 100-year old inn we have grown to love.

The goal of our retreat this year will focus on working with the mixing of fabrication; your choice of yarn arts (knit, crochet, handweaving) with commercial fabrics. The result will be a completely unique result that can be classified as wearable art. Using Garment Designer, you will learn tricks and techniques in designing spliced garments, how to combine different mediums, judging fabrication, and other ‘need to know’ techniques. We encourage you to bring some fabrics and yarns (samples are fine) to use in the development of clothing. You should be able to design two or three complete garments.

Embellishment and trim techniques will also be discussed, and participants are welcome to bring their ideas to share as well.

Please download the flyer & registration form below to view more information on what we have planned, costs, and room information.

New Mexico Retreat  2019 Flyer & Registration Form

Please view the rooms available at the Casa del Gavilan Inn, rooms costs are not included in the price of registration.

The only rooms currently available are in the Guest House Suite. The two rooms of this suite adjoin through a bathroom with a bathtub and shower. The Miranda room has one queen bed while the Maxwell room has two single beds. If you are interested in sharing a room, please let us know! We can try to coordinate with another interested party.

Please see the room and rates at the link below.

To send in payment and reserve your spot for this retreat, please check out on our web store by using the following link:

Optional Santa Fe Day (August 7th)- Cancelled

Besides the workshop days, there is an optional day of exploring fiber and art areas of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visits to include the following (please indicate your interests)

•Visits to Santa Fe Weaving Gallery (wearable art)

• Santa Fe International Folk Art Museum• Georgia O’Keefe Museum

• Back-Stage Tour of the Santa Fe Opera• Artist Studio

The Cochenille Lyon, France Fashion and Design Retreat

The Cochenille Lyon, France Fashion and Design Retreat

This year we have a unique opportunity as we have partnered with a French company called Label Graine to offer a workshop at their location in Valsonne, France, near Lyon. This company digitally prints fabrics and has recently redesigned a portion of their space to suit workshops for designers, students, or others who want to involve digital printing in their creative life. Our retreat will combine four days exploring Lyon for its silk history, fashion, art, and of course, its food. As the culinary capital of France, you will love the food as well as the wine.

Please download the required registration form and brochure from the link below:

Lyon 2019 Registration Form and Flyer

To send in a deposit to hold your spot on this retreat, please go to:

To send in the remaining balance for this retreat, please go to:

2018 Italy Food and Fashion Retreat

2018 Italy Fashion and Food Retreat

As of May 2015, we still have room in this retreat! Contact us for more info!

We are combining Fashion and Food for our 2018 Italy retreat.

The dates will be from June 14th 2018 (arrival day with dinner in evening), through the morning June 23rd. It will be a great mixture of fashion, food and creativity.

As many of you know, Susan has been going to Verona Italy for the past 12
years, and has established a wonderful network of friends and businesses
related to fashion and food.
How would you like…

To learn how to make pasta from Nonna, the grandmother of the family who
owns a knitting mill we visit?

Travel to Milan to walk the Fashion District and each lunch at the Armani

Take a cooking class from the owner of a restaurant in the Lugana wine
region, and then after eating the lunch on his outdoor patio, learn create a
felted scarf under the guidance of a world-renown felter?

Visit a weaving establishment in Venice, where they still weave on
traditional Jacquard looms and you can watch the boats go by on the Grand

Visit local fabric and yarn stores, and meet local Artisans.

Sit on Roman stones in an arena, from 4th century AD, as you watch the
world-famous opera production of Carmen.

This, and so much more… in our 2018 Food and Fashion Retreat in Italy.

The maximum group size will be seven people, so reserve your spot soon. A deposit of $500 is required to hold your place.

We hold a group of apartments in a Medieval building, in the center core
of Verona, and we must release those not needed by the end of this week.
Although we can still take participants after this week, housing will become
scattered around the city after we release the apartments, so if you are
interested and want the convenience of staying with the group in a central
location, please contact us by Friday, March 2nd, 2018. After that time, we will assist with
housing the best we can, using hotels and bed and breakfasts, or you can
secure your own space.

To learn more about our Italy Food Retreat and view the tentative schedule, please view the flier below:

Italy Retreat 2018

Download the registration form below:

Reservation-Form-Retreat 18

Annual New Mexico Garment Designer Workshop

Annual New Mexico Garment Designer Workshop

Annual New Mexico Garment Designer Workshop

September 22-24th, 2017 Cimarron, New Mexico

Book by August 15th for the Early Bird Special of $250!

We are continuing our tradition of truly retreating in an amazing location and spending focus time with Garment Designer. So, we return to Cimarron, New Mexico and the 100-year old inn we have grown to love.

Our retreat this year will focus on borrowing fit and style details from existing favorite garments and then moving forward from there to create new variations of the style to add your own personal touch.

You will learn skills of working with Garment Designer, measuring existing garments to obtain valuable fit information, and then how to create a unique new style using the original one as your bouncing board.

The workshop is designed for people who have some Garment Designer basics, but really want to extend their skills.

Optional Day in Santa Fe: Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Santa Fe Artist, Victoria Rabinow in Santa Fe will host a workshop designed to get your create juices flowing in terms of design and creativity. No art experience needed. She will take us on a journey using collage, to prep our minds for the designing and garment building we will be doing in Cimarron.

Please contact us by phone or email with any questions:

858 259 1698

New Mexico Brochure & Registration

For ordering details and registration info please download the file below:

Italy Food & Fashion Retreat 2017

Italy Food & Fashion Retreat 2017

We are trying something new this year; combining Fashion and Food into one retreat. The dates will be from June 14th (arrival day with dinner in evening), through June 22nd (depart on June 23rd). Most details of the agenda have been decided and will include cooking classes, visits to food and wine businesses, fashion visits to Venice, museums, knitting mill, and related, plus a workshop or two to get your creative juices rolling.

We are holding the three apartments in center Verona now, so we encourage those interested to book quickly to ensure their convenient housing (although we can find Bed and Breakfasts in the area).

Download Italy Retreat Flyer to view details
Download Italy Retreat Reservation Form and fax or mail back to Cochenille

If you have questions please email Susan at susan@cochenille.comIt will be a great mixture of fashion, food and creativity!


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