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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, March 31, 2015

More art pieces

My last collage for Jane LaFazio's online art class which ends this week:

And this a painting that I did today at our watercolour painting group:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pieces: Celebrating Textiles at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay today

Had a great day at the Pieces event today. And I saw Britta there!

A selfie with myself and Britta.
I demonstrated free form hand quilting, and showed off my Syncopation quilt that was exhibited at QuiltCon, and several of my recent colour theory pieces, from this week's blog postings. The interest in my hand quilting was gratifying and it was a fun day.

With my "Syncopation" quilt at QuiltCon in February 2015.

A hand quilted mug mat in complimentary colours of blue and orange.
Highlights: of the day Charlotte Kwon's talk, "Waiting for the Monsoon",  about Maiwa's work with artisans in India, Leanne Prain's talk about yarn bombing and embroidery and story telling through textiles, meeting Morgan of Thread Theory, and interacting with all the people interested in stitching and fabric.

Leanne Prain's latest book, "Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles".

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More fabric colour studies

Colour relationships:

These three mini quilts are based on a split complimentary colour scheme. The main colour is red, and the split complimentaries are yellow-green and blue-green. I used the red value finder to determine a light, medium and dark value of each, so that I worked with six fabrics.

The pattern is a Double Sawtooth Star, made up as a 12 inch square. Each mini quilt is made with a dark centre, inner stars of medium, and outer edge pieces of light values fabrics.

This was fun to do and I think they really sing! I hand quilted using #8 perle cotton in the same colourways. The binding is the backing edge folded and turned to the front, and fixed with running stitch in perle cottong.

Dark red centre block and stars, medium yellow-green star, and light blue-green corner blocks and edge triangles.

Detail of the centre. 
The back.

Detail of the back.
Dark blue-green centre block and stars, medium red star, and light yellow-green corner blocks and edge triangles.

Detail of the centre.

The back.
Detail of the back.

Dark yellow-green centre block and stars, medium blue-green star, and light red corner blocks and edge triangles.

Detail of the front.

The back.

Detail of the back.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pin basting the houses quilt

Yesterday I finished piecing the houses quilt top, and I pieced a backing from large scraps of fabrics that were used in the top. This morning I took it to the Arts Centre, and sandwiched and pin basted using several work tables pushed together.
Tomorrow I will begin the free motion machine quilting.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Colour studies in fabric: analogous colours of blue-green, green and blue

I went to our annual 5 day quilting retreat on Thetis Island without a planned project, as I just wanted to explore ideas. I discovered that what I wanted to explore was colour theory. I started this on the first day and did not stop all week. I got out my colour wheel, and my red plastic ruler that functions as a value finder, and my stash of fabrics, and really dug into it. What a joy!

My first venture was an analogous colour scheme, where colours are adjacent on the colour wheel. I chose blue-green as my focus colour, so the adjacent colours are blue and green. I kept it on the cool side, and tried to use a few different values.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia which I think really sums it up as far as my colour work is concerned.
"The term analogous refers to the having analogy, or corresponding to something in particular. An analogous color scheme creates a rich, monochromatic look. It’s best used with either warm or cool colors, creating a look that has a certain temperature as well as proper color harmony. While this is true, the scheme also lacks contrast and is less vibrant than complementary schemes."

The sandwiched mini-quilt, showing my colour wheel and auditioning complimentary coloured threads for hand quilting. The block is from a new book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger called "Little Quilts".

The hand quilting is almost complete. How should I bind this?

Detail of the hand quilting with orange, red-orange, and orange #8 perle cotton and DMC floss divided down to 2 strands.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Houses quilt in progress

Today I finished piecing the houses quilt. I could not stand far enough back from my design board to photograph the entire quilt. I added a trees between each house, and a fence between each row of houses and trees.
Off to Thetis Island for the Denman Island Quilters annual retreat. I will sandwich and quilt the houses quilt when I get home next week.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Fillongley Beach

Enjoyed a walk on Fillongley Beach with my brother this afternoon.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hexie quilt almost completely pieced

I am almost finished piecing my hexagon quilt, just filling in along the edges now. I think that I will appliqué the edges to a straight border, to make the quilt larger and to avoid dealing with binding the hexie edges.

Oooh, maybe not - I just found this wonderful tutorial for making a faced hexagon finish 

I really like the finished product! And, as I love basting and whip stitching hexies (I know, I know - but I am not alone in this weird affection :-), that means that I can make more before I have to call this much loved project finished.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Back to basketry

Hey, hey - making another basket! It has been several years, but our small basketry group has regrouped and is meeting once a month. I started this improvised gathering basket last month.