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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.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Firelight Quilt

I made this quilt for my goddaughter Megan who was married in September 2012. I wanted to make a quilt in the "modern quilt" style with lots of white and some solid colours. I like the result although it is outside of my usual box, but then that was the idea. I have taken to naming all of my quilts, and this one is Firelight. Copying Alicia Paulson from her blog Posie Gets Cozy, I made a cross stitch label for the front of the quilt. I think that it really kicks it up a notch!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Resolution walk

Early New Year's resolution, to walk every day. How hard can that be, living where I do?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Slippers for Christmas

I knit these slippers using Paddy O'Connell's "6 Strand Slippers" pattern. Paddy wrote the pattern for Sandstone Farm's unspun natural yarn, made from their Romney sheep. Paddy asked me to test the pattern. The project went quickly on 9 mm needles, but I found using the large needles and manipulating the bulky yarn to be awkward and tiring for my hands. I knit the two slippers about a week apart, and the first one seems distinctly larger - a small change in tension makes quite a difference when working at this gauge.
The slippers are very attractive and should mold to the feet, so I am sure that the apparent size difference will soon disappear. A quick and rewarding project, but I am not a convert to knitting with big needles and bulky yarn.

This is the true colour of the yarn.

Here are the slippers. They appear grey in this photo, but are actually brown as in the  pic above.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kale and Potato Soup

Adapted from an Alice Waters recipe. Amazingly delicious!

Sauté a chopped onion in olive oil. Add some chopped ham. One liter of chicken stock, two yellow potatoes diced and one bunch of kale chopped. Pepper but no extra salt as the ham and stock are already salty. Simmer 1/2 hour then mash with a potato masher. Put 1/4 cup flour in a 2 cup glass measure. Whisk in some heavy cream until flour is incorporated then fill measure with heavy cream. Gradually stir cream mix into simmering soup. Allow to bubble for about 5 minutes, stirring all the while, to cook the raw flour.
Serve with fresh ground pepper and thick yogurt.

Monday, December 17, 2012

House Pillow

I made this house pillow for my grandson for Christmas.

I used the house pattern from the article "Home for Christmas" by Shelly Burge, page 42 in Quilt it for Christmas / Quilter's Newsletter Magazine 2001.
"Home for Christmas" by Shelly Burge.
Quilt it for Christmas / Quilter's Newsletter Magazine 2001

The trees are from Collaborative Quilting  by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston.
The pillow form is square and filled with feathers, from Ikea.

Quilting the pillow cover top. I used wool batting which makes a lovely quilted texture.

Detail of the trees.

The back of the quilted top.

The reverse of the pillow. I used a nice cuddly heavyweight brushed cotton.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Infinity Scarf

Here I am at our quilter' group meeting modeling the infinity scarf that I have knit for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. It is the Vite Cowl pattern from Ravelry. I used 3 balls of Sirdar "Big Softie" and a 9 mm needle.

The Faire

The Faire was lots of fun, although the cold wind and lashing rain on Saturday was discouraging. I sold two of my advent calendars.
The Denman Island Christmas Faire in the Seniors' Hall, as seen from the Quilters' display up on the stage.