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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.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

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.

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