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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, June 22, 2014

Presentation bag for the wedding quilt

Yesterday I put the binding, label and a hanging sleeve on Blue Girls on the Beach, a hanging sleeve and label on Forest Birds, made a lined bag as "wrapping" for the wedding quilt and started on my Moneta.
The studio is much tidier at projects get finished, and I like things to be tidy and organized as I contemplate new projects. I do not work well with the distraction of piles of fabric and patterns. And I have so many ideas in my head that I want to work on - especially dyeing and printing.

The wedding quilt all nicely snuggled inside its presentation bag.

Blue girls on the Beach before quilting and binding.

Forest Birds. I am thinking of submitting this piece for the Surface Design Association Edge of the Forest exhibition open to Canadian artists.
I started on my Moneta dress from Colette patterns. I have some unwanted knit fabric that I used for a muslin for the bodice, and I am really glad that I did that before cutting into my good fabric. Unlike the Violet blouse, which fit oversize, the Moneta is cut close to the body, in fact the pattern indicates with negative ease. This makes for a sleek fit with the knit fabric, but I don't want my back bra bulge showing, so I will add a bit of ease to the final cut. And I was able to reshape the front bodice armscye to remove the some arnhole gaping.

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