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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, April 14, 2015

An English Paper Pieced table mat and a lino cut block

I am really enjoying making table mats. I can try out ideas for techniques, colour relationships, fabrics, and hand quilting without the time and effort of making a full size quilt. And what does one so with all those quilts? On the other hand, these table mats are used in constant rotation on the dining room table, and are enjoyed every day, at close range to appreciate all that hand work.

The double fold linen binding on this mat is a case in point. If I do say so myself, it is a masterpiece of handwork, but can only be really appreciated by looking at it up close and personal.

EPP appliqu├ęd onto Osnaburg cotton, wool batting, double fold linen binding, #8 perle cotton hand quilting, Kaffe Fasset backing fabric.

Detail of the hand quilting.

The backis very colourful with Kaffe Fasset backing fabric.

My latest art work, a lino cut block printed with acrylic ink and painted with watercolour.

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