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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, February 25, 2014

Hexagon pincushion and snow

A day of critical intersections yesterday: a snowy day with no power so I could not use the sewing machine but all the snow meant that the natural light was bright and very good for intricate handwork.

And I have ALL these hexagons that I have made that need projects, and a nice collection of beads. Also, although I have several pincushions and magnet holders already, somehow I needed another pincushion. Thus, yesterday I made and beaded this project. I love it, and it is already proving to be very useful.

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” 
― William Morris


Looking straight out from my studio window. I lifted my head from my sewing work counter and pointed my Iphone camera and this is the picture. Note the low tide beach in the background covered with snow and ice. Too bad that I could not catch all the happy ducks and gulls that were not the least disturbed by the weather.The view is much improved now that all the bushes are pulled low with the weight of snow.
Pincushion from the top, with pins - already in use!

The bottom of the pincushion. I made feet with double yo-yos, to stabilize the wee thing. I am quite delighted with my engineering and design decisions. 

My attempt at a side view photo do give a sense of how this works.

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