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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 29, 2017

Vancouver Island Surface Design Association upcoming textile show: work in progress

The Vancouver Island Surface Design Association is planning the 2017 Current Threads show. Thirty-two artists will be participating. It will be at the Waterfront Gallery in Ladysmith April 15 to 30.
Set-up will be on Friday, April 14. I will be sitting at the gallery on Saturday, April 22, from 10 to 5. The artist reception is on that day from 2 to 4. I will also sit on Saturday April 20 from 10 to 4.

I am working on a long quilted wall hanging, 1 foot (12 inches) wide by 5 feet (60 inches) long.

My initial planning concept.

The work in progress.

Detail of the work in progress.

Links to embroidery stitches that I am using or considering using in this project. Many thanks to Mary Corbet's website http://www.needlenthread.com/ - she is the best!

Hungarian braided chain : I used this for the centre of the stems. It was slow and not worth the effect. I ended up making up the rest of the stems in outline stitch, which I much prefer.
Raised fishbone stitch for the leaves.
Ribbed spider web. This a favourite stitch which I try to incorporate at least once in every piece I make.
French knots and colonial knots. These are also favourites that I always use.

I might use a few of these for flowers.
Bullion rose bud
Raised cup stitch
Woven wheel
Cast on stitch

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