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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, December 21, 2014

Creative meanderings

I have all my Christmas preparations done, so I can relax and do some creative projects that catch my fancy.

First up is using the nifty technique for making 9-patch squares that Barb Mortell told me about. You cut two 41/2 squares of light and dark fabric, put them right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam on each side. Then cut 11/2" from each side (not the seam, the side) and sew the centre loose strips to each piece to make two alternating squares. Then cross these together, repeat the process, and voila - two nine-patch squares!

I made some 1/4 triangle squares using the same fabrics, and have been putting them together into placemat sized pieces that I will back with natural linen.

Thirty squares (5 squares by 6 squares, each 3" or slightly less) sewn together to placemat size.

A pile of strips, each 5 squares long, waiting to be combined into placemats sized pieces.
Another project is painting card stock with acrylic paints to create storage boxes for my watercolour paintings. So far I have gessoed on both sides, four pieces of card stock, each 81/2 by 11". Then I painted one side. I need to paint the other side of each piece, and coat each piece with gel medium. then I can make the boxes and lids.

The card stock painted on one side.

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