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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.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Beading, mending , knitting, folding origami butterflies . . .

My creative activities have been all over the map this past week. These are just a few of the items that I have been working on in my studio.

I added a beaded border to my cross stitched leaf. The beading glove with double stick tape is illustrated in the book Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns by Natalie Chanin.

My lovely cozy knitted slippers are wearing out on the bottom, so I added polyester fleece soles, which should extend the wear and be warm as well. Summer is over and I need slippers again.

I finished knitting a pair of socks that I began last year. Summer is just not knitting time for me, but now that cool evenings have returned, I am finishing up some pairs of socks. I think that I may use these as part of my "Tree / Forest" wearable art costume planned for October.

Folded fabric origami butterflies / moths . I used silk fabric, stiffened with spray starch per the instructions in the book shown below. These will also be incorporated in some fashion into my wearable art costume. It will be interesting!!

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