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Susan Lazear
Susan Lazear is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego where she teaches fashion. Courses include Textiles, Pattern making, Textile Design, Clothing Construction, and Fashion History.

Susan designs wearable art which combines sewing and knitting for mixed-media apparel.

In addition to her teaching she is a computer graphic artist. Her combined knowledge and skills are evident in the Cochenille Design Studio name:a software line for knitters, sewers, and textile artists. She has taught fashion and design workshops around the world.

STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5380 Intermediate Combining Fabrics with Knit and Crochet 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. Bring fleece, wool, or other fabric of similar weight. We will plan knit or crochet sleeves and a collar or scarf to complete it. Students will measure each other, draft their pattern, then combine yarn and stitch pattern (knit or crochet) to coordinate with the fabric. Various design concepts and combination techniques will be discussed in class.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1179 Easy The Creative Process: From Inspiration to Planned Garment This workshop will take you through the creative process, from storyboarding ideas to developing a plan for a group of garments that work with your figure and your sense of style. No art background necessary! Learn how to ideate and create. You will develop an inspiration board of ideas, and then move on to plan the fabrication (knit, crocheted, or sewn), color story, styles, and fabrics/swatches for a group of garments. This is the process typically used to design a line of clothing.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3049 Easy It's All About Me! Through a series of exercises and activities Susan will help you determine what styles and which knit or crochet fabrics work with your figure, face, and lifestyle. Working through this process in a classroom filled with other real bodies is empowering. You'll see beyond measurements, to proportion, and discover the magic of garment shape and line. We'll explore a variety of topics that will help you make better design decisions and allow you to actually wear the garments you knit or crochet!