Welcome to A Tranquil Nook Blog

We welcome you to follow along on our crafty adventures. Frank is a farmer by day, jewelry and hand braided cord-maker by night. Jane simply fiddles with fabric and fiber any time she can. We share things about what we make, how we make it, where you can get it.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Waldorf Inspired Needle Felt Wall Hangings

 Wall Hanging Dec 2011
Wall Hanging Dec 2011

 Sometimes life takes unexpected twists and turns.  One of those turns in the road for me has been creating needle felt items in Waldorf style.

When a long time friend, Dacia Dauner, decided to open Apple Blossom Child Care Center  drawing upon concepts of Waldorf Early Childhood Education  she turned to me for needle felting support. Thus began an exploration of Waldorf style and learning about Rudolf Steiner which has lead to some new work in needle felting.

photo by Apple Blossom Child Care Center  

While at a Waldorf Workshop at Rudolf Steiner College, one of Apple Blossom’s teachers,Genevieve Radniecki-Hayle saw this wall hanging. 
photo by Genevieve Radniecki-Hayle

Inspired by the design and theme, Dacia and Genevieve asked to have two derivative works made for their classrooms.

Needle Felt Wall Hangings
And so these wall hangings came to be.  An interesting twist in my felty path.  Thanks to friends old and new, Dacia and Gen, for setting me in this direction.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bowls: Functional, Edible, and Fanciful. An Art Show

This year, to bring greater awareness to the handmade art and craft component of farmers markets in Minnesota, Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market put together a group member show.  The theme was bowls.  Bowls get filled with bounty from harvest, help keep things organized, are functional, practical, and often beautiful.  They can be created in a variety of ways and mediums. 
The show opened on Saturday Dec 3, 2011.

Here is a closer look at a few of the pieces.

 Autumn Bowl or The Girl in the Gourd
a collaboration by Gail Rixen & Jane Carlstrom

Gourd bowl cut, scraped and bleached by Gail with needlefelted Girl, acorns and cut felt leaves by Jane

 Fluted Felt Bowl
by Jane Carlstrom

Hand needle felted from dyed wool batt and roving

Rolling in the Leaves
by Jeana Johnson

Coiled, Shaped, Stitched Fabric

 Spring Time Reflected
 by Jeana Johnson

Coiled, Shaped, Stitched Fabric
 Wasp Nest Bowl
by Gail Rixen

Working with woodland findings

 I'll try and capture a few more detail photos next week.

If you are in or near the Bemidji area, you are most welcome to come out to Winter Market to view the show up close and personal.  Next available time to see it is on Sat. Dec 10 from 11am to 3p.  In the Old Burger King Bldg on Paul Bunyan Drive.  Near the New Subway and katty corner from Paul and Babe Statue.

 Thanks for reading,