STITCHES Midwest 2019

STITCHES Midwest 2019

Cochenille will be vending and offering classes at STITCHES Midwest 2019 in Schaumburg, Illinois! Stop by booth# 607 for special on-site pricing on software, webinars, design aids and more.Susan, creator and owner of Cochenille Design Studio, will also be offering classes all weekend long for those hoping to get the most out of the convention weekend. Please see the class descriptions below or go to STITCHES Midwest’s website to view the Class Schedule.

Class 1426 (Easy)
Thursday, August 1st 2019 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Thursday 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 by emailing You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible.

Sewing Techniques for Combining Yarn Crafts with Fabric
Class 1425 (Easy)
Saturday, August 3rd 2019 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Why not add mixed-media techniques to your creative repertoire? Learn to combine knit or crochet with commercial fabrics. Using sewing machines, sergers, and hand-techniques, students will make samples that can be used along with your knit and crochet swatches in a garment or accessory.

We will sample joining techniques, cut-and-sew our knits, add edgings, finishings, etc. and discuss knitting and crochet techniques for finishing your designs beautifully. Mixed Media is simple when you have the right techniques!

Note: Basic sewing skills and comfort with a sewing machine required.
Machines will be provided for use in class.

From Photoshop to Fabric and Garments
Class 1424 Intermediate
Sunday, August 4th 2019 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

This class will show you how to explore Photoshop and bring photo and graphic images into your fiber designs.

In the morning, you will learn how to develop a design motif and repeat it for yardage. Then, Susan will walk you through the steps of how to upload it to Spoonflower where you can order yardage to be printed and shipped to your home. Your photographs or motifs provided by the instructor are all options for an original design.

In the afternoon, you will learn to place a photographic image onto a full-size garment pattern (provided) and engineer the imagery into the shape. Your result will be a one-of-a-kind, print garment. The fabric for which can be sent to Spoonflower for printing.

Note: You must have Photoshop on your portable computer. You can download a 30-day demo from Adobe for free

Use the discount below to receive $7 off admission to the Market of Friday and Saturday. Sunday, August 4 will be Friends & Family Day and admission to the Market will be free!

Stitches West 2018

Stitches West 2018

Stitches West 2018

Stitches West 2018 in Santa Clara is a show not to be missed. This year Cochenille will be vending as well as hosting classes!

Cochenille will be vending at Stitches West 2018 in Santa Clara, CA February 23-25th at Booth #408 and we will also be hosting classes! Shop our show specials and register for our classes!

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 teachers 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.

She has taught fashion and design workshops around the world and now she will be teaching at Stitches West 2018. If you are attending the show, don’t miss this oppurtunity to enjoy one of her classes.

Combining Knits with Fabrics 

Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn how to combine a fabric with yarn to create a mixed media project. This hands-on class will teach you how to measure and create a square-armhole style garment out of a fleece, wool,or other fabric, and plan knit sleeves and a collar or scarf to go with it. Students will measure each other, draft a pattern, then plan the use of yarn and stitch pattern to coordinate with the fabric. If you bring he fabric, you can use your lunch hour to find the perfect yarn in the market place. Various design concepts and combination techniques will be discussed in the class.

Think Proportional…for Garment Design 

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This class focuses on a design philosophy which will teach you to look at garments and translate them to your own proportions. Learn to analyze and translate what you see in knitting patterns, fashion magazines, and online to your personal shape and proportions. Students will measure each other and work with a pattern (provided) to understand logical changes. Then knitters, sewers, weavers and multi-crafters can adapt the process and garments that work with their proportions.


Cross-pollinating Techniques

Sunday, February 25th, 2018 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Expand your knitting repertoire by borrowing from the sewing world. Learn how to knit pin tucks, hung hems, various bindings/edgings, casings, zipper ideas, embellishments, etc. Make your knitting unique, learn how to combine and apply these techniques. Soon you’ll be adding unique details to all your knit projects.

To view more details & register for classes go to:

Can’t make it to Stitches West to attend a class? See our webstore for a list of our downloadable webinars and live webinars

We hope to see you there!

The Cochenille Team



Vogue Knitting LIVE NY 2017

Vogue Knitting LIVE NY 2017

Vogue Knitting LIVE NY 2017

Vogue Knitting LIVE NY 2017 will kick off this year at the Marriot Marquis in New York City, NY. Vogue Knitting LIVE is a one-of-a-kind, experiential knitting event. Take hand-knitting workshops on fit and shaping, pattern writing, lace, socks, and more at all skill levels—the perfect class for you is here. Shop the Marketplace, which showcases new yarn and accessories from around the world. Watch non-stop designer fashion shows and browse the knitted art gallery. All of this and more in one weekend! If you’re a knitter, this is the event for you!

Come visit Cochenille Design Studio at booth 118 in the Marketplace. We will be offering Show and Bundle Specials. We can’t wait to see you there!

The Market place will open at 5:00pm January 13th-15th 2017

Marketplace hours are as follows:
Friday January 13th          5:00pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday January 14th   10:00 am to 6:30 pm
Sunday January 15th     10:00 am to 4:00 pm

HGA Convergence  2016

HGA Convergence 2016

HGA Convergence  2016

HGA Convergence 2016 conference is a fiber art experience where you can meet people face to face and touch real cloth, not just exchange texts or look at images. Immerse yourself in the inspiration and stimulation of exhibits, classes, textile tours, and shopping – all in the vibrant arts community of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Join Cochenille Design Studio at this year’s market place and visit us at our booth #527. Susan Lazear will be previewing the new Garment Designer 3!

TKGA Conference

TKGA Conference

TKGA Conference is an annual event held by The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA). TKGA is the largest knitting association in the U.S.  This year’s conference will be held in Charleston, South Carolina at the Embassy Suites North Charleston, Airport/Hotel & Convention.

Learn, discover and have fun. Improve your knitting skils and take classes from the industries best teachers. The conference will include classes, fashion shows, shopping opportunities and events for knitters.

Come and visit Cochenille’s booth to view Garment Designer and Stitch Painter software. We look forward to seeing you there!

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