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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, 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.

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