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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.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Perle cotton

I discovered hand quilting with perle cotton at last year's Thetis Island quilting retreat, from a woman originally from Australia. (See wonderful Australian quilting at Material Obsession.)
Here is my collection of perle cotton in jewel colours. I admit that I usually quilt with the off-white perle cotton that I bought in bulk at N. Jefferson notions wholesale in east Vancouver, but these balls of colour are so beguiling to look at that I love having them for that reason. I made the box they are in with my latest modular origami technique. The paper is from an old calendar featuring William Morris prints.
I picked up most of these colours at Lacis in Berkeley California when we were in San Francisco in September visiting J.'s sister.

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