Introduction to Contemporary Patchwork

A course by Zita Chocarro Iriarte
Textile designer. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 07/25/2018
, Textile designer

Combine and reuse pieces of fabric to create unique textile pieces

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (143)
  • 2544 students
Introduction to Contemporary Patchwork

Combine and reuse pieces of fabric to create unique textile pieces

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (143)
  • 2544 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 Lessons (1h 27m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

The patchwork is a thousand-year-old textile technique that consists of joining pieces of fabric to create a larger design, often materialized in a blanket, a tablecloth or even clothing.

Zita Chocarro - founder of Hamabi Design - is one of the leading designers of what she calls contemporary patchwork , a twist to the traditional techniques that surround the world of patchwork and that will teach you in this Domestika course.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Design the fabric
  • U3
    U3. The construction
  • U4
    U4. Other apps
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start by getting to know your teacher, Zita Chocarro, her artistic influences, her passion for textiles and her work in the Hamabi brand of blankets and textile objects.

You will discover the world of patchwork contemporary and the difference with the traditional one. You will meet textile artists who are currently working in the medium and you will see how they have modernized it, in order to inspire you and see the infinite possibilities that a few well-mixed fabrics offer.

With these ideas, you will start designing your project. First, you will look for an image and learn about moodboards , to have a starting point. From there, you will decide the range of color, some general shapes and the fabrics that you will need for the design of the bag. For this, you will learn two different techniques of work: collage or work at scale and free or improvisational composition.

Once the design is decided, you will start working with the fabrics. You will see how to prepare them, the necessary tools and the order in the work, something essential in the patchwork.

You will work piece by piece and step by step until you have the final fabric. With this final fabric you will make a bag, but you will also see the many possibilities it has and a lot of ideas to apply them.

What is this course's project?

You will create a patchwork bag with your own design and range of colors.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To any lover of fabrics, sewing, decoration and maximum use of resources.

What you need

You will need basic skills in the use of a sewing machine.

As for materials, you will need fabrics, yarn, cloth scissors, sewing machine and iron.

To design your patchwork you will also need paper, pencil, rulers, scissors and glue.


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Zita Chocarro Iriarte

A course by Zita Chocarro Iriarte

Textile designer

Zita Chocarro, fashion designer by profession and passionate about fabrics by hobby, is the founder of the studio specialized in contemporary patchwork Hamabi Design, which produces cushions, blankets, handbags and more.

Hamabi means "twelve" in Basque and symbolizes the number of units that produce for each blanket design in patchwork .


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Artistic Influences and Inspiration
    • The traditional Patchwork and the contemporary
    • Materials for the course
  • U2

    Design the fabric

    • Search the idea, moodboard
    • Materials selection
    • Design to scale or collage
    • Patchwork basics
  • U3

    The construction

    • Prepare the tissues and make the puzzle
    • Sewing and ironing
    • The padding
    • Finish the bag
  • U4

    Other apps

    • Other ideas to apply the patchwork
    • Patchwork of improvisation
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Contemporary Patchwork

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Introduction to Contemporary Patchwork. A Design, and Craft course by Zita Chocarro Iriarte

Introduction to Contemporary Patchwork

A course by Zita Chocarro Iriarte
Textile designer. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 07/25/2018
  • 97% Positive reviews (143)
  • 2544 students