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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 18, 2012

Cross Stitch Quilt Label: Part I

I love my five-years-in-the-making and every-stitch-by-hand Rose Garden Quilt so much that I want to make a very special label for it. I am a fan of Alicia Paulson's blog Posie Gets Cozy, and admired the exquisite cross stitch label on her Spring Rain Quilt. I emailed Alicia and she very graciously let me know how to do the label. In addition, she has excellent cross stitch instructions available here http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2012/01/counted-cross-stitch-part-1.html .
Alicia nicely integrated her label into her quilt, and I will know to do that for the future. My situation is that I have a finished, heavily hand quilted piece that will have to have a separate label attached.
I purchased 14 thread count needlepoint canvas as instructed by Alicia to use as waste canvas. I already had DMC floss (she says to separate it and use 2 strands) and size 24 needles. I basted a 6 inch square of the canvas to a piece of my backing fabric, and consulted my reference library. In The Crewel Needlepoint World by Barbara H. Donnelly, published in 1973, I found a graph of a "five horizontal alphabet" which is the smallest possible. In Charted Peasant Designs from Saxon Transylvania, a Dover reprint of a 1964 publication, I found a floral motif.
Here I am getting started:
I used the top alphabet graph from The Crewel Needlepoint World p. 85.

I will use one of the floral motifs on this page from Charted Peasant Designs from Saxon Transylvania.

My tentative label design.

The canvas is basted to the fabric and I am auditioning floss colours.

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