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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.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Proceeding with "Interconnections" wall piece

I am very, very sick today with my cold, so I just stayed in my pajamas all day and worked in "Interconnections".
I decided that more inserts were needed so I did that. I decided that the newspaper fabric was not an asset so that will be for another project. I though about inserting piping but decided that detracted as well. So, it is just the natural coloured Osnaburg cotton for the negative space, and three different silks for the curved insets.
When I decided that it was done, I used the large check silk for the backing, and sandwiched with two layers of Warm and Natural all cotton batting. I want the stitching to stand out, and I want the piece stiff for hanging on the wall.
I used Connecting Threads Tea dyed cotton thread to free motion quilt feathers in the negative spaces. I like how it looks! Now I have to decide how to handle the curved silk insets . . .

My progress so far. Don't those feathers rock!

Close up of the insets. What to do?

The backing. That silk sure does highlight the machine quilting!

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