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Phyllis Bell Miller
As a child, Phyllis Bell Miller first learned to sew, embroider, and crochet from her mother, who was assistant to one of Washington, D.C.'s leading designers. Her lifelong love of design has led to several degrees and certificates in fashion and design. Being an avid knitwear designer, dyer, and embroiderer, Miller has won numerous design awards and has participated in many juried and invitational design and museum exhibitions. Her love of travel and other cultures is reflected in her designs. Having visited 77 countries and territories, she has books, traditional costumes, artifacts, yarn, and fabrics in her collection. She has also led design-based study tours to Europe and throughout America.

As a teacher, Phyllis focuses on taking the mystery and guesswork out of the design and construction processes. She provides information in easy-to-digest formats and creates tools to simplify and improve design processes for everyone, regardless of medium.

Recently retired as professor and head of Mississippi State University Fashion Design and Merchandising program, Phyllis is a former Singer Sewing Teacher and also taught as a Fulbright Scholar at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria and the University of Mauritius in Port Louis. She is author of AutoCAD for the Apparel Industry (Fairchild, 1994), the world's first book on applying generic CAD software to the fashion industry. She also developed the ApparelCAD, Instant Designer International, and Display Shop software, for which she holds more than 30 copyrights. 

STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1231 No skills required Make Color Work for You Do you cringe when confronted with the dozens of color choices out there? Does the color wheel give you cold feet? This workshop shows you how to cut though the confusion and make color work for you.

While creating your own color wheel out of pom-poms to use as a valuable tool, you will review essential color principles and learn how to create more than 50 color schemes using any color that you choose. You will also learn how to streamline your choices by using color groups, undertones, and value keys. In addition, you'll learn how to identify and build historic and ethnic color schemes and how to capture and match colors as professionals do. The many handouts will be a valuable reference for every project. These skills apply to all areas of design including knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, embroidery, wardrobe planning, and decorating.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1290 No skills required Make Design Decisions Like a Pro Whether you design a garment from scratch or modify an existing one, this workshop will give you the tools to make decisions like a pro. Using elements and principles of design can help you make creative decisions rather than guessing and praying.

Using straightforward formulas we will determine the most flattering proportions for your garment - length, size, and even placement of patterns and design elements.

Alternation, Sequence, Gradation, Transition, and Concentricity will help you design more interesting color arrangements, stripes, details, and even edgings.

Light, Texture, Contrast, and Line lead the way in making some elements prominent while others recede. Most importantly, we'll see how Emphasis, Unity, Repetition, Balance, Rhythm, and Harmony create a unified look.

These concepts become real design tools with the visuals, handouts, worksheets, and exercises you perform in class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1292 No skills required Seven Steps to Success with Plaid, Striped, & Print Fabrics This workshop will guide you as to select and work with different kinds of patterned fabrics: plaids, stripes, and prints. You will learn how to
1) select fabrics-knitted, woven, printed, dyed, etc.-and how to evaluate their quality, design, construction, and suitability for various garment styles;
2) select the correct style for the fabric's type and scale;
3) determine the amount of fabric to purchase;
4) plan and layout the garment for the best use of the fabric using the exclusive matching chart included in the course;
5) the easiest way to prepare the pattern and fabric to get professional results;
and 6) how to assemble and fit the garment like a pro. Participants will receive an extensive handout packet that covers all information covered during the workshop.