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.
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:
To place your order for "Proportioned 4 You" go to:
We are excited to see how you translate our patterns and we hope you enjoy the challenge!
Susan, Melisa & Teresa
Cochenille Design Studio
(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:

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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Customer Spotlight...Bonnie Tone

A short while back I received an email, that I just had to share (with permission of course).

Hi Susan and friends at Cochenille Design Studio,

I want to let you know that I LOVE your Stitch Painter Gold software.
I have the full color import and beading and stitchery modules.  I
have owned it for several years and have enjoyed it so very much.  I
first used it to design a square pillow for my daughter when she
started college.  I crocheted it in cotton with the school official
seal, done in two colors.  That was so much fun.

Since then, I have been cross stitching portraits of family members.
I have done my father, nephew, daughter and grandchild.  I plan on
stitching my grandson, husband, and sister in the near future.  I
attached the cross stitch of my daughter and granddaughter to this
email.  One is not framed yet.
I have used greenish grays (beaver grays) in DMC, so the portraits are
monotone.  I think they are more dramatic than a full color portrait.

Thank you for your wonderful software.  I would not be able to
complete these projects without you.  I am having a wonderful time!

Bonnie Tone

Prepare to loose your socks:

Thank you so much for Sharing Bonnie..

~Sonia Barton