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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, January 3, 2016

Working on, and finishing, multiple projects: knitting, wall hangings, quilts . . .

I had a recent talk with my quilting/making friend Megan about unfinished projects. She says that she starts a project and sees it through. I mostly do that too, and I finish in a timely fashion most of my projects, but I like to have a lot going on at one time. I have a real case of "startitis", and I find it stimulating to work on several projects at once. See Victoria Findlay Wolfe's blog post about how much she works on at one time - wow!

After all that gift knitting, now I am knitting a sweater for myself. It is the "Easy Going Pullover" by Annamaria Otvos and the yarn is Malabrigos Rios. See my Ravelry link here.

I completed the Christmas linen wallhanging that I began last year, when I quilted the leaf motifs and added the beads. This year I embroidered around the leaf edges. Now it is put away until next year's Christmas decorating.

I am starting a new quilt, based on a pattern from Gai Perry's book, "Color From the Heart". It is one of my favourite quilt patterns, and I have been meaning to make another version for several years. The white diamonds in the centre above are the design wall showing through; there will be nine-patches in those places. I am continuing to work on reducing my quilting fabric stash and this is my "dark red" collection.

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