J–Squared Knitwear Design Intensive is focused on knitwear
design and fit while also engaging the worlds of fashion,
creativity, and math! Walk through design concept to working pattern.
Knitwear designers and pattern writers need two things: creativity and skills to apply to patterns and design. Spend five days in a knitwear design intensive learning environment to update, refresh, and bring together your own best capabilities as a designer, or pattern writer by clarifying goals, honing your skills, and feeding your creativity. Registration will cap at a maximum of 15 attendees.
Who Will Lead the J–Squared Knitwear Design Intensive?
Jeane deCoster and Jill Wolcott will each bring a unique combination of technical and design skills to this knitwear design intensive. They are eager to share what they know, what you want to know, and to help you be the best designer and pattern writer you can be.
Jeane deCoster is owner of Elemental Affects Yarn Company and is a trained fashion designer, who also grades, writes code for pattern fitting, and also brings an unsurpassed fiber and yarn knowledge to any conversation.
Jill Wolcott brings her design and teaching skills to the exploration of design as both a creative endeavor and a skill. Grading, fit, and fashion are key components to construction and design that can are blended in knitwear design and pattern writing, but she loves to look behind the obvious to help you become the designer or pattern writer you want to be.
Both Jeane and Jill have an intense interest in fit and grading and see it from slightly different perspectives (but get to the same place!). Each is conversant and knowledgable in areas of fit for the individual and for a specific size and customer markets. Add in fiber and fabric knowledge, creativity, design, fashion, and it all adds up to a knitwear design intensive focused on grading and fit, design management, and creative exploration specifically for the knitwear market!
What You Will Find at the J–Squared Knitwear Design Intensive
Grading: Background on why fit works the way it does. Learn to make a re-usable spread sheet, applying individual and standard sizing. How to make adjustments for gauge, stitch repeats, working flat or ITR. Using spreadsheets to figure out increases, decreases, shaping.
Design & Creativity: How to make the most of your own design perspective and how to expand your ideas into collections or multiple pieces. Use the principles and elements of design to create design and your best creative life. How to make fit and design work together.
Mentoring: Available as add-on (Saturday, March 14, 10 am to 6:30) for only $50! Sit with Jeane then Jill (or vice versa!) to focus on your needs. Spend some time in group sessions to expand and build. Walk away with specifics you need for how to get where you want to be.
Are You Serious? Sign me up!
First ever J–Squared knitwear design intensive is scheduled for March 9 through March 13, 2020, with a bonus Mentoring day on March 14. All located in lovely Port Townsend, Washington! Arrive early with your family/friends for some relaxing time before this Design Intensive begins at 9:30 am on March 9. Since you are coming, sign up for the Bonus Mentoring Day! Check the Schedule for more details.
Design Intensive Cost: $1200/per person* exclusive of accommodations, meals, and transporation
Mentoring Day Cost: $50/per person exclusive of accommodations, meals, and transporation.
The Design Intensive will be held at The Bishop Hotel in Port Townsend, Washington.
Accommodations: The Bishop Hotel offers rooms priced at $150/single queen and $210 for two queens). Other accommodations are available in the vicinity.
Transportation: Check this link for transportation to the Bishop Hotel from Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA and airports. There is a ferry from Seattle or it is drivable. Plan extra time for transportation logistics.
Local dining and attractions: Port Townsend is a unique Washington location. Check here for ideas on what else there is to do. Fuller details provided on registration.
J–Squared Knitwear Design Intensive Questions!
Surely you have questions. We want to answer them. Jill is currently on a trip, but Jeane is standing by ready to address your every question! You can email Jill too, but she will answer as time allows until October 16. We welcome questions, and your most pressing one is likely about cost. We will open up sign ups and payments on November 1, 2019. See below for payment options.
You will need a computer/laptop for working in your choice of spreadsheets.
J–Squared Knitwear Design Intensive Payment
1) *pay $1200 (through December 31, 2019) on signing up and we will waive the Mentoring Day fee;
The following option does not include the Mentoring Day fee.
2) pay in up to 4 installments of $315 which includes $2.50 extra for processing each payment;
Registration will remain open through March 1, 2020 or sooner, as registration limit is reached. Refunds available up to February 9, 2020. Cancellation fee may apply.
Knitwear Design Intensive Schedule (tentative):
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Jeane is available to provide answers to your questions.