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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Monday, October 31, 2011

New knitting bag

I bought all sorts of fabric for making bags, on sale at Fabricland last spring, and this is the last one. I actually like it the best and will be using it for now as a knitting bag.

Fall images

I took these pics of the squirrel and the towhee through the kitchen window with my little camera. The squirrel appeared this year, and often sits in this same spot on the fence eating blackberries, rose hips or snow berries.

Harlene very kindly gave us this pumpkin, a heritage variety called Cinderella.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

West Side Story at the Vancouver Opera

Back from visiting grandchildren in Calgary and now back to Vancouver for our first opera of the season, West Side Story.

Jean Cockburn
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Big Leaf Maple

The last few days have been glorious - sunny and bright and cold. These photos were taken this morning, facing west off our deck. The glass partitions are still fogged with dew. There was frost on the grass in the ditches on the side of the road when I went for a jog at 8 A.M.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Stuffed Toys for the Grandchildren

The elephant is for Ryder and the pig for Maryn. Both are crocheted from wool yarn, using patterns from Kids' Knits and Crochet: 33 Great Sweaters and Soft Toys which I picked up secondhand in a Courtenay bookstore last month.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wedding Quilt for my nephew and his wife

I have been working on this quilt for about three years. It is a Double Wedding Ring design, but without all the separate pieces in each ring that is customary for those patch workers who *really* love a challenge. I used fabric in French country colours, but they were inappropriate for the first couple that I had in mind when I began making the quilt. Which is just as well, because by the time I got it all pieced together, at my Thetis Island quilting retreat in March 2010, I had discovered hand quilting with perle cotton which is perfect for this project. I used wool batting which gives the hand quilting a lovely three dimensional texture. I started the hand quilting this spring, and it might have languished with my other partially finished quilts, when my nephew and his wife decided to get married quietly last week. Hurrah, just the impetus that I needed. I put hand to my needle and finished it up this week. And I think that it is lovely. I will mail it off tomorrow.