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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, July 2, 2016

Beading projects finished and in process

I had a lovely morning at the Saturday market, and then I came home in the afternoon and finished up a couple of projects.

I added an embroidered spider to my Dewy Cobweb, and stapled it to a stretched canvas. This is a detail of the lower left corner.

This has been an experimental piece from the beginning, so I have been taking all sorts of chances with it. When I was stamping the hand dyed fabric for my dragonfly panel, this was my test fabric. I liked it, so I went with the wonky shape and hand quilted around the dragonflies and added some beading. I didn't want to bind it, so after backing with some heavy silk burlap fabric, I serged the edges with grey thread, then satin stitched twice (two passes) with gold coloured quilting weight thread.  The edges are not even, and they are wavy from the satin stitching, but I still like it. Now, do I need some more beads along the edges? I think I do ......

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