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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.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fabric dyeing

I spent the weekend at a Maiwa dyeing workshop from Natalie Grambow. http://www.maiwa.com/home/workshops/workshops/111115.html

When I got home yesterday I scooped up the fallen maple leaves from the porch and boiled them in a pot then let it soak overnight. The next day I dyed a piece of pfd Kona cotton and some pure wool felt.

Lovely result! I want to get more time to experiment. Natalie said that there is lots of natural tannin in the plants at this time of year.

Big Leaf Maple leaves

The wool felt took the dye beautifully. It is still damp in this photo. 

This is the cotton dry and ironed. The photo does not do justice to the subtle flesh colour. Really great. 

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