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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, October 29, 2013

Unpeeled Apple Cake, Made in One Bowl

Carol Freeman's "Boozies Apple Cake"

In a large bowl put 2 eggs, 1/4 cup white sugar, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup neutral oil and 1/4 cup of either apple or orange juice, or water. Mix well.
Add 4 cups of unpeeled apple in 1/2 inch cubes and 1 cup of raisins or toasted walnuts. Mix well.
Sift into the bowl 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix lightly.
Put into a 9 by 13 inch pan, either greased or lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes and test for doneness by tapping the top of the cake. Bake for as long as 60 minutes total, but do not over bake. The cake will be moist. It has a lovely light texture and keeps well.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Shoreline wearable art costume

On stage

Wearable Art Fashion Show at the Creative Threads Conspiracy

Recycled T-shirts

Theatre props




Fabricland membership cards

Wearable Art

Friday, October 25, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Getting ready for the Creative Threads Conspiracy

Tomorrow it all starts. I teach Toe-Up Socks in the morning, and take the Rug Braiding class in the afternoon. Dinner is at the Kaffee Klatsch Bistro.

On Saturday I teach Knitting Basics, and in the evening after dinner, I strut the stage in the Wearable Art Fashion Show.

On Sunday I teach Toe-Up Socks again. 

All packed and ready to go.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Latest drawing

Grandson sweater - another work in progress

I started this sweater last fall as a Christmas present for my grandson, who was three years old at the time (he turned four in April of this year). By the time I had the body done, I realized that it would fit a six year old, and that my shoulder was acting up. (I had frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis, about 10 years ago. It took three years to heal, and I could not knit that entire time. Since then, I have to ration my knitting time, and realize that I cannot push on through a major project.)
So, I put it aside for a year. Now is the time! I have not been knitting all summer and if I am careful, I should be able to finish this sweater for this year's Christmas. I have the body done, so two sleeves and the yoke to do.
I love the Addi needles that I am working with - so smooth and fast with absolutely no catching at the joins between needles and cable. The yarn is Lanett Babyull Superwash by SandesGarn. I bought it online from Ram Wools Yarn Co-op in Winnipeg, and was so impressed with the service. It is nice to buy Canadian when buying online:-)

Body of the sweater done, and one sleeve started.

I am following the instructions exactly, and I did do a swatch first, but when you are working over 232 stitches in the round, it is too easy for your actual finished gauge to differ. I am just glad that it is big, rather than the reverse. My actual measurements for the body as I have knitted it are 82 cm, not 76 as indicated. So that is about 2 inches bigger.

Detail of the Nordic border at the bottom of the body.

Here is the pattern, top left. I am making it is more subtle colours and without as much pattern.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Watercolour zentangle

Used my new set of Cotman paints to colour a recent zentangle drawing that I had done on Fabriano paper. Love the effect.
My new Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolour paints.

A recent zentangle drawing that I coloured with the new paints.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Zen doodling in colour

I attended my second week of the Watercolour Group. This week I attempted a mandala design from my Zen Doodling book, and coloured it with Sharpie markers. I used student grade 300 series Strathmore 140 pound watercolour paper, working on the rough side of the paper. I am quite pleased with the result, given what a raw beginner I am at all this.

My first mandala.

Sewing the shells on "Shoreline"

My wearable art piece "Shoreline" is now complete, at least the dress and over vest are finished. I still have to create my headpiece, my shell fascinator, which will incorporate a head band and shells and the use of a glue gun.

The first shells sewn on the "Shoreline" over vest.

Detail of the shell showing how it was attached. I used glazed hand quilting thread.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sock knitting once more

I have certainly missed my sock knitting while I have been quilting and sewing and making art all summer and fall. I am looking forward to teaching the toe-up sock knitting workshop at the Creative Threads Conspiracy at the end of the month.
I have discovered two sock projects in progress. Now I just hope that I can remember what I was doing in each case . . .

One sock fully complete, and lots of yarn left for its sister.

A classic and beautiful toe-up sock!

Tubular sewn cast-off for a flexible and beautiful finish on the cuff.

Love these colours. And as theses socks are on my favourite Addi lace circular needle, I better get knitting so the needle is available for other projects.

Zen doodling

I have discovered zen tangling, or zen doodling. Very addictive. And, oh, the wonderfulness of a Sakura Pigma Micron 01 pen.