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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, 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.

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