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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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sea and Sky Quilt - top pieced, more to come

I have been making the scrap squares (7 1/2" squares) for this quilt since November 2012. I find it immensely satisfying to use up scraps and to trim them precisely at each stage of the modified log cabin construction. But it has been a *lot* of seaming and trimming and pressing - wow. Here is the flimsy finished, as of a few days ago.
Today I finished piecing the back, of which there is no photo, and this upcoming Monday I will pin baste the quilt sandwich on the big tables at our quilt guild meeting place.
The top is 82" square. I did not have quite enough of a single backing fabric, so I put some more of the squares as a strip along one edge. I hope that I can line things up so it works!

The pieced top.

The colours are more true in this detail picture.

Downton Abbey Knit Along

I started this sweater, Mari Cardigan pattern MS180,  last week, and although I am not actually knitting it while watching Downton Abbey because the cables are so very complicated, nonetheless it has an "old world" feel to it and seems to go along with DA.

I am just starting the cabling on the back yoke in this picture.
This is the back of the sweater.
Here is the yarn.
downton abbey knit along

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Another project finished - JM's Venetian Tile birthday quilt

I am doing fairly well with my plan to finish projects before I start new ones. Not that I am going crazy with that resolution, as I have cut out blocks for a new quilt because I am almost finished make the 99 individual 7.25 inch scrap squares for the quilt currently on my design board (more on that project later).

BUT, drum roll, yesterday I finished the hand quilting on JM's 75 birthday quilt, Kaffe Fasset's Venetian Tiles design, slightly modified by reducing the size of the squares. See previous posts, here and here, and here. I embroidered both of our initials, the numbers 75 and 2012 (because that was the year of the significant birthday, and I did finish before the end of January 2013, so ....), then I washed it gently, dried it gently, and ironed it gently. It was soon in good use during the evening news.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Beautiful gift shawl

My friend Barbara is a wonderful crocheter. She gave me this exquisite shawl last night. Wow!!


I like to wear my hand knitted socks around the house and studio, but it makes me very sad when the heels wear out (and I really, really do not like to darn). Plus our floors are chilly. So I always seem to be searching for the perfect slipper pattern. The slippers, which I wear over top of  socks, wear out quickly as they take the brunt of the action.

I just finished two pairs of Churchmouse Yarn's Turkish Bed Socks, and they are a new favourite. I made the first pair as a prototype from leftover sock yarns. The second pair are knit from Noro silk and wool sock yarn - lovely.

The second pattern is free from crochet.about.com. It is sturdier, and I am in the process of felting these slippers for wearing on the cold, hard tile of the studio floor.
Update: successfully felted slippers enough, and last photo is them drying on my feet.

Prior to felting.
Slightly slippers drying on my feet.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Socks for DB

My  friend DB has very heavy calves and the usual hand knit socks do not fit her. She gave me her foot measurements in November and requested fine dark yarn, no pink please. I used the basic sock pattern from Wendy D. Johnson's Socks From the Toes Up, but modified it per my Ravelry project page DB's Modified Socks.

Needlepoint Fly: Another UFO being attended to

Here is the latest UFO, aka UnFinished Object, that I am endeavoring to finish. I bought this small needlepoint painted canvas and appropriate silk threads at Needlepoint Inc. in San Francisco in summer of 2008. And was it ever expensive! Just this wee canvas and all the threads cost me $100 US, and I do not even want to think what that was in CA$ at that time - sheesh.
But, but - they do have the most exquisite needlepoint at that shop! I do not know why this has lingered so long on the shelf, only half done. I pulled it off the shelf several days ago, and yesterday I completed all the coloured parts in the figure. Now just the cream background to be done.

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Last (2011) Christmas I received snowshoes from my kind husband, and today, January 3, 2013 I actually used them for the first time. Beautiful sunshine on Mount Washington, and a good workout. Loved every minute of it. Why did it take me so long??

Madeleine Mouse

One of my New Year resolutions is to finish most of my many ongoing projects before starting any new ones. But as JM says, where is the fun in that? So I only started a very small new project, and I finished it as well! (And of course I finished my Firelight quilt, and I made the blocks for the community quilt, so I am progressing :-)

Behold, Madeleine Mouse. She is actually Toerag the Tube Mouse on Ravelry, but I prefer Madeleine Mouse for my version.