Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cochenille Design Studio Italy Retreat, 2017


It's that time again... planning for our annual creative retreat in Italy. This year it will be a combination of both the Food and the Fashion. The Dates are June 14th - 23rd, 2017.

Here are some highlights of past trips and a testimonial from a happy traveller who joined us in 2015.
The 2015 Fashion Retreat was a real trip of a lifetime. As an avid textile lover, it was a transformational experience! Susan’s fun and fact filled itinerary exceeded my expectations. We had such an organized agenda it seemed like we were on the go from morning until night. The array of appointments included quality museums, demonstrations, factory visits, fashion houses and many, many extras –Venice, opera, great Italian dining, terrific accommodations, and easy transportation. Susan was always there to guide and help us along the way. It’s difficult to say what my favorite experience was- it was all very exceptional.“Eye opening, fun, educational, adventurous… not your ordinary trip!
Linda Perry

Click on this link for more info.. and enjoy the fashion and food photos here..

Painting a ceramic in Renaissance 

Lunch at a restaurant in the Lake Garda district. We will have a cooking class here in 2017!

and of course... wine tasting in the Lake district outside of Verona

We'll have a felt workshop with Lisbeth Wahl, renown fiber artist

There are always the appetizers!

Lots of unique styles

We'll visit a velvet weaving workshop in Venice


and lots of relaxation!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Garment Designer Lesson Book

Garment Designer Lesson Book





Browse Cochenille Books on Disc to assist you in understanding your Cochenille software functions and techniques for sewers and knitters. The "Garment Designer Lesson Book" is a book of 3 lessons for Garment Designer software owners. Whether you're just starting out or getting back into pattern drafting, these simple lessons will guide you through a step-by-step process.

Our current Special highlights our Books on Disc as we offer FREE shipping for any of our Cochenille Books on Disc purchase.




The Garment Designer PDF Lesson Book is written to show people how to use Garment Designer creatively, plus it explains simple design principles and offers design tips.
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The book contains 3 Projects:

• Creating Simple Vests (4 lessons)
• Designing a Garment in Piecework Style (3 lessons)
• Copying Ready-to-Wear (2 lessons)



Use Cochenille Books on Disc and do something creative with your free time!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cochenille "Proportioned 4 You" Design Challenge

Cochenille Design Studio would like to announce our first of many design challenges to come.
As part of the release of Susan Lazear's NEW book "Proportioned 4 You" we would like to announce a design challenge for our customers who have purchased this product.
From now until August 31st we will be accepting project submissions for original designs using one of the seven patterns included in the book "Proportioned for you".
Submissions must include:
• Up to 5 high-resolution images (submission of images will grant permission for Cochenille's use on our website and publications)
• Title of the Garment
• Description of the garment, the pattern chosen as your starting point, and how you created it (knitting, sewing, combination, etc.)
• Materials you used to make your garment
• One paragraph bio of you
The winner of our contest will be featured on the front page of our website for the month of October! You will also be featured on our Blog, Facebook and we will tweet your accomplishments. To make it even sweeter, you will also receive a $50 redeemable coupon code (one time code) for the purchase of Cochenille products. For those who own a business, this will be an incredible opportunity to advertise what you do.
All submissions will be considered and judged on creativity, use of materials and execution.
We plan to also build a slideshow of honorable-mention submissions.
If you would like to learn more about this book please visit our website under Cochenille Books on Disc:
http://www.cochenille.com/other-pr…/cochenille-books-on-disc
To place your order for "Proportioned 4 You" go to:
http://shop.cochenille.com/…/fron…/products/proportion-4-you
We are excited to see how you translate our patterns and we hope you enjoy the challenge!
Susan, Melisa & Teresa
Cochenille Design Studio
www.cochenille.com
info@cochenille.com
(858) 259-1698

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Color-aid Color Pak

The Color-aid Color Pak

At Cochenille we offer an design aids to assist in your creative endeavors. The Color-aid Color Pak contains 314 colored swatches and small enough to carry with you in a bag or purse. Use the book to find the closest match when you see a color or color combination that you like. Each chip has a number on the back, which allows you to record the color.

As part of our current Special, Cochenille Staff has included the key ring and took the time to mix the colors in RGB and we make this available with the Color Pak purchase. Look up the RGB formula on this chart for any color in the pak.

 This is an excellent Design Tool for any creative project!

To purchase this Special (June 1st-30th 2015) CLICK HERE

Watch the video to learn more about how to use these swatches.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Proportioned 4 You! A NEW Cochenille Book on Disc created by owner Susan Lazear

You are unique! There are no two people exactly alike, and this uniqueness extends beyond your personal shape to your sense of style and the clothing you wear.   Generally, a pattern cannot serve everyone, but wouldn’t it be nice to know that you can eliminate some of the variation by adjusting the pattern’s proportion to your own body?  

This PDF book is an approach to pattern and garment design that allows you to combine your personal proportions with simple-shaped patterns. Take 16 simple measurements and then plug selected ones into the pattern templates provided for each pattern throughout this book.

Use your calculator to multiply your measurement by the formula provided, and like magic, you will have the shape of the various pattern pieces in proportion to your body. Want it to be even easier? If you have Microsoft Office, you can use the provided Excel file to do all the math for you. Enter your measurements in the Excel file, and sit back and smile. All the calculations will be taken care of automatically. No more math.
Proportioned 4 You includes the following:
 • A PDF book in Inches and Metrics
• An Excel file to help calculate your measurements
• Easy to follow instructions on body measurements with images demonstrating each measurement.
• Flats and Fashion Images of each pattern design, from start to finish
• Sewing and Knitting Basics
• Fabric and Yarn suggestions
• Creative Options on design variation
• Tips on working with different Figure Types

We invite you to celebrate your uniqueness with Cochenille’s NEW book Proportioned 4 You!  



To Purchase this book please go to shop.cochenille at the following link:
http://shop.cochenille.com/collections/cochenille-books-on-disc/products/proportion-4-you

For the month of May 2015 we are offering FREE shipping!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Design Inspiration: Batik Metal Stamps

At the Mingei Museum in San Diego, you can find a display of multiple metal stamps, used to place wax on fabric, as part of the Batik process.

Here you see a wall of blocks...

and here you see a close-up on one.

What a great source of inspiration for design. I see a Stitch Painter project coming.