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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, December 30, 2017

Hand embroidery: birds

I used some copyright free lines drawings that I found online as the basis for these hand embroideries.

I traced the drawings using a permanent fine line fabric marking pen onto pre-shrunk natural muslin that I bought at my local Fabricland. I used the wonderful illustrations by David Allen Sibley in The Sibley Guide to Birds, first edition, as inspiration for my birds and colours. I was interpretative, and did not attempt to create an exact rendering of the plumage of each bird species.
I chose the Western Bluebird and Red Breasted Sapsucker.

I ironed the fabric pieces to wool batting that has a scrim so that it adheres to the muslin, then serged around all sides to keep it all neat and together. This substrate is so much easier to needle through than the stiff wool coating fabric that I used for my wildflower embroideries, but I am not sure that I like the puffiness around the birds.

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