Knitwear Design Intensive sounds intriguing, doesn’t it! This is what you need to move yourself ahead as a knitwear designer and pattern writer, but what you want to know is: will it be worth the investment of both time and money?
The Leaders / Instructors
Jeane deCoster and Jill Wolcott together have two lifetimes of experience with grading, designing, working for third parties, providing consulting in their areas of expertise. We will each bring a unique combination of technical and design skills to this knitwear design intensive. We both are eager to share what we know, which is what you want to know. Our goal is to help you be the best knitwear designer and pattern writer you can be.
We have taught together at TNNA. Jeane teaches classes at yarn shops and yarn events; I have taught knitting workshops since 2001, and taught at FIDM in San Francisco until moving to the Northwest in 2016. This is an opportunity to get the best of two brains!
Owner of Elemental Affects Yarn Company, and a trained fashion designer, Jeane also grades, writes code for pattern fitting, and brings an unsurpassed fiber and yarn knowledge to any conversation. [I’d like to add to this]
Jill Wolcott brings my 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 are blended in knitwear design and pattern writing. My passion is to look behind the obvious to help you get where you want to be as a designer or pattern writer.
Both of us have an intense interest in fit and grading, but bring slightly different perspectives (but get to the same place!). We are both 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’ll Learn
Create a Design Model: To make this very real we will create a design on paper, and on our needles, working in half-scale to test our ideas and find refinements.
Grading: Begin with a solid background on why fit works the way it does. Learn to use a spread sheet to generate the numbers you need, applying individual and standard sizing. Dive into how to make adjustments for gauge, stitch repeats, working flat or ITR. Use your spread sheets to figure out increases, decreases, and other shaping. Apply formulas that will work again and again to get the sizing results you desire.
Pattern Writing: Plan how to effectively communicate in a written pattern, augmented by charts, schematics, and other graphics. Learn out how using a style sheet can remove guess-work and make it easy to plan your design from concept to final release.
Design & Creativity: Your design perspective makes your work unique. Learn to mold your design ideas to create work to share your knitwear viewpoint. Use the principles and elements of design to create both your best designs and to create a creative life that works for you.
Evenings Sessions: will provide an opportunity to refine your design ideas, ask questions, give and get answers and feedback, and knit, within a designer community.
Where and When!
This 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! Port Townsend or nearby is lovely place to arrive early with your family/friends for some relaxing time before this Design Intensive begins at 9:30 am on March 9. Sign up for the Bonus Mentoring Day!
Take a look at the schedule to see how the days are set
Want to Know How to Sign up?
Design Intensive Cost: $1200/per person* exclusive of accommodations, meals, and transporation. Currently includes the Mentoring Day at no cost.4 payment Plan: $315 in four payments (Mentoring Day not included), exclusive of accommodations, meals, and transporation.
Mentoring Day Cost: $50/per person exclusive of accommodations, meals, and transporation.
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.