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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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Last embroidery on Soupçon QUAL block

Eighth and last hexagon block. Yo yo in centre with #12 perle cotton blanket stitch. French knots around it are #8 perle cotton  rose pink and 2 strands DMC variegated green. Outer scallops are chain stitch #8 perle cotton rose pink, two inner rows of stem stitch in 2 strands of DMC variegated green.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Yet another Soupçon QUAL block

I am finding that I really enjoy embroidery. This QUAL is giving me the chance to explore and I think that I will want to use more in future project.

I used DMC metallic thread in gold for the laid work in the centre and for the Pekinese stitch around the outer edge. The metallic embroidery thread is a challenge to work with, very slippery in the needle, so I switched to green perle #5 cotton for the outer Pekinese stitch. The backstitch which is the basis for the Pekinese stitch, and the couching stitches on the laid work, are perle #5 cotton in pink. I found it helpful to use a blunt tapestry needle for the Pekinese stitch.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Another embroidered Soupçon QUAL block

Stem stitch vines, lazy daisy stitch tiny leaves, and three colours of French knots.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Soupçon Hexagon QAL Part 2 completed blocks

Part 2 of the Soupçon Hexagon Quilt Along is to embroider or otherwise embellish the hexagon block.

I have done several blocks as I like to try out different techniques. I am using some of the stitches in a lovely book that I received as a Christmas gift, The Embroiderer's Handbook.

Perle cotton #12. Button hole stitch circle, outline stitch, French knots.

Coral stitch around the inside hexagon and the outer frame. Outline stitch curlicues and French knots.

Wishbone stitch leaves, outlined with outline stitch. Fat French knots (3 wraps) around the inner hexagon.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Embroidering a hexagon block

For another collaborative quilt with D.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Soupçon Hexagon QAL Part 2

My first practice square. Enhancing with embroidery, front and back views.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Seminole quilt bound and finished

Done! I have titled it "To The Lighthouse" because of the lighthouse fabric in the central panel and as an homage to Virginia Woolf's luminous novel which I reread several months ago and which impressed me yet again as a lyrical masterpiece.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Almost finished this Seminole quilt

This Seminole quilt that I started during the workshop with Carol Piercy has been a long time getting done. Today I knuckled down and finished the free motion quilting. The binding is all made, so I hope that I can get that on tomorrow.

Another artist with my last name ;-)

Well Julie Cockburn, a British collage and sculpture artist is in another league from me entirely, but when you see someone with your last name who embroiders on photographs, you are naturally intrigued.

© Julie Cockburn
Julie Cockburn's "Bubble Hill," 2013, featuring hand embroidery on a found photograph.

More Soupçon Quilt Along pieces

I wanted to nail down the paperless EPP technique, and understand the process of removing basting threads before tacking down with basting glue. So I made 4 more motifs.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Denman Island Quilting Challenge

I proposed the following quilting challenge to our local quilting group at our first January 2014 meeting:

Quilting Challenge January 2014

Make your own version of a Dear Jane quilt, which can be any size from a tablemat to a full size quilt. The result will be your own original design, not a copy of the 1863 quilt.
1.    Quilt is made up of multiple blocks, all the same size. The original Dear Jane blocks all finished at 4 ½ or 5 inches. You can make larger blocks, but any larger than 6 inch blocks will detract from the design.
2.    Each block is different and is constructed using scraps of one colour of fabric on a white or light coloured background. The scrap colours change with each block, but the background colour remains the same throughout. Use modern block designs or traditional, or a mix.
3.    The original blocks were constructed using many different techniques, including foundation paper piecing, applique, and English paper piecing. Use block designs from design books or make up your own. The blocks can be as simple or as intricate as you wish.
4.    The blocks are joined with a narrow light coloured sashing so they appear to float.

Report on your progress each month.
Reveal your masterpiece at the June potluck lunch meeting.

Here are the blocks that I made this afternoon. It was a good exercise to measure carefully and sew accurate scant 1/4 inch seams. I think that my piecing skills are already improving.

The Soupçon Hexagon Quilt Along

I am participating in the Soupçon Hexagon Quilt Along.

Of course I had to make 4 examples for Part 1, they are so much fun!

Maggie Rabbit

Last spring I ordered a Maggie Rabbit kit from Alicia Paulson, but what with working on pieces for my summer art show, I did not have time to even open the package. After Christmas, nursing my cold, it was the perfect project. And here she is!

The pattern is so beautifully designed, and the fabrics such good quality, that I only made a few changes. I swapped in some different Liberty lawn fabrics from my collection for the ears and the dress. I put my own hand tatted lace edging along the dress hem. I did not rouge the cheeks, I made the shawl a tad longer, and I put a wooden button on the shawl tie. All rather minor amendments. Making the felt boots was so much fun - I could not believe that such a small pattern detail could be so exquisitely designed. A treat to make and to have for myself. It is not really a toy, so I will keep it on the mantel for now.