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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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Crewel Embroidery

When I travel, I like to buy a small hand work kit as a memento. Easy to pack, a project to work on in the hotel, and a reason to visit those kinds of shops where ever I happen to be. I don't worry about the project reflecting where I am travelling, so I have bought crewel embroidery in Galway and needle point in San Francisco. The trouble is, I start the project on the trip, and then when I get home, I am back into all my other projects, and the travel project languishes, and languishes . . .
I finally finished the Irish crewel project, and it was a tiny one, from 2003, when we went to Dublin and Galway the year before the centenary of James Joyce's Ulysses.
Small crewel embroidery kit purchased in Galway in 2003. Now what do I do with it? I have it pinned to the cork board in my work room for the time being. It may be there for 9 years too.
The Elsa Willams cushion cover below is of another magnitude. I cannot actually remember where or when I bought it. It has scared me because it is quite complex, but I am into finishing projects these days, so I have been persevering.

I am close to half done.

The kit is first quality, with lovely linen and many colours of wool.

The charts are very detailed.

Look at all the yarn colours.

I think the results are beautiful.


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