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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, May 27, 2014

Continuing to conceptualize my wearable art costume

I find that when I am making an art piece, I cannot plan the whole from the beginning. It is very much an iterative process for me. As I lay cozy in bed this morning, listening to the haunting calls of the loons out on the water, I realized that the paper hexagons that I was working on will not work for this wearable art piece. I either want some silk in a golden colour from which I can make yo-yo's, and or paper pieced dragonflies. I have a pattern for the latter, and I want to try that. And I want to make piping for the main seam lines, and face the sleeves in a contrasting fabric. And I am still thinking about embroidery . . .
Today I heat set the front panels with the screen printed dragonflies and put those pieces aside with the rest of the pattern pieces while I plan more embellishments. I experimented with colouring the stamps on my practice muslin piece.

Experimenting with colouring the stamped images on my practice muslin. The Sharpie pens bleed in the fabric. The Seta Skribs are excellent and the yellow and blue blend for a wonderful green
And, and - ta da - I finished quilting the Burgoyne Surrounded quilt for my nephew. That was a challenge as the quilt is so big, and such a struggle to manage in the machine. Whew, the last time I machine quilted one that big, I said "never again". But, never say never. I did not do free motion quilting as I thought a) it would be lost on the dark grey fabric, b) the severe lines of the squares in the patchwork pattern are not sympathetic to swirls and leaves and cobwebs that I like for my free motion quilting motifs, c) the quilt is too big to successfully maneuver around the machine, and d) the wee squares of different colours seem best left unsullied by quilting lines. So I basically stitched in the ditch all over the place (boring, boring) and just did a few diagonal lines and some straight lines in the border.
Adding the binding.
I have stitched on the binding, and I am hand stitching it on the back. I like that kind of hand stitching, so I am not in a rush. Now I need to think of a name for this quilt, and make a label. It will need a suitcase all to itself for the plane trip to Edmonton at the end of June. I hope the extra bag cost is cheaper than mailing it.

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