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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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Art sales and beer

Wow! A fellow quilter and I hung our quilted wall hanging Advent calendars and some other seasonal pieces on Wednesday at the local coffee shop, the Kaffee Klatsch Bistro, and by Thursday two pieces had sold. I did not even get a chance to take a photo of my "Tipsy Trees", but it was very pretty!

When in Comox this morning for Tai Chi and groceries, we stopped at the liquor store for libations, and I bought their last case of this beer advent calendar.

I decided to start the countdown early, so this is beer #1.  Delicious!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fingerprint Fabrics

Fingerprint Fabrics  in the U.K. recently offered free shipping to Canada on a sampler of their fabrics. They arrived today, beautifully presented. I will have to find a special project to use them.

Beading a wall hanging

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Advent Calendar "Counting the Days"

Detail of the calendar, showing the hooks and eyes for fastening up the flaps to reveal each date.

Last year none of my quilted advent calendars sold at the Christmas Craft Faire, I think because the fair was December 6 and 7, so the calendars were already a week past start time. This year I will be hanging the calendars in the local coffee shop before the end of November.
Here is a new one that I completed today.

The back of the quilted advent calendar.

The front of the calendar. This is my own original design. There are flaps for each date from the 1st to the 24th of December, with hooks and eyes to fix each date upright, to count down the days until Christmas.

Art at the airport

On Thursday November 20th I joined other Comox Valley artists at the Comox Airport to hang our work. I am in the seating area near the coffee counter, which another artist and I think is a good place!
"Sailboat at Anchor in Baynes Sound" is on the right.

Tilda dolls

Working on my Tilda dolls.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Watercolour art course

I am taking an online art course, Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style ~ November 2014 with Jane LaFazio.
The course is designed for beginners, is six lessons long (one lesson a week) and this is week one, "Fruit".

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Completed Tilda doll with green clothing

I love the way these green trousers worked! I traced the shape around the doll, then cut out with a generous seam allowance. I am beginning to see how this doll making and dressing works.
This is the Tilda doll with shorter arms and legs than were indicated in the original pattern.

Rear view of cotton trousers on Tilda doll.

Front view of the Tilda doll trousers, with the waist gathered with #5 perle cotton thread.

The completed doll wearing her green cotton trousers and her cable knit sweater. She is all ready for a hike in the hills :-)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Making Tilda dolls

 A sweater knitted for a Tilda doll. The cable patterning is my own.

Another sweater for a doll. I ran out of the red yarn, so had to improvise. I rather like the red and purple result.
I am making Tilda dolls using natural linen. The dolls are lovely in their simplicity, but like so many beautiful things, that simplicity is not effortless. I borrowed a couple of books from the public library, so have some patterns to work with. The first doll has the extremely long legs and arms of the original pattern. It was hard to stuff those extenuated extremities, and I think they look odd, so my second doll has shorter arms and legs.

First doll, made following the pattern. 

The pattern calls for eyes made with a dot of ink, but I glued on these instead.
Second doll with shorter arms and legs, and felt boots sewn on. I have sewn the shoulders too high - these dolls are tricky to get right. I am sewing a dress from a pattern in the library book, and it does not fit correctly because of the wrong shoulder placement and the shortened arms. These dolls are very carefully designed, as  I am realizing as I madk a few. Luckily the green cabled sweater at the top of this post seems to cover up those Olympic swimmer shoulders.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Last dolly wall quilt bound, and starting dressing the real dollies

I bound my last dolly wall quilt. They are all so much fun. I will see if they will sell at the Christmas Craft Faire.

I need to find titles for this series. Hmmm . . . "Dolly and the Purple Goats"?
I am knitting wee sweaters for the linen dolls that I am making. Here is the first sweater on the blocking board.