Jane Carlstrom's Profile

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We are a couple spending our retirement years farming and crafting. There was a time when we were young and lived in cities from San Antonio to Anchorage. All through our travels we still had a home base in the sloughs and woods of the American Heartland.

Now we are here full time to till and tend; AND oh yes, to make art and to craft.

Frank enjoys his farm equipment, managing crops, cattle, watching deer, and making maple syrup. Frank designs and creates stone necklaces, earrings; and weaves kumihimo cords.

Jane helps out some with the animals and garden but spends most of her time sewing and felt making. Her contribution here is hats, accessories, fiber art and hand beaded jewelry.

Frank keeps the books and inventory, Jane manages the…

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  • Joined February 15, 2006

Favorite materials

wool, roving, sheep fleece, sheep locks, silk, cotton, stone

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About

We are a couple spending our retirement years farming and crafting. There was a time when we were young and lived in cities from San Antonio to Anchorage. All through our travels we still had a home base in the sloughs and woods of the American Heartland.

Now we are here full time to till and tend; AND oh yes, to make art and to craft.

Frank enjoys his farm equipment, managing crops, cattle, watching deer, and making maple syrup. Frank designs and creates stone necklaces, earrings; and weaves kumihimo cords.

Jane helps out some with the animals and garden but spends most of her time sewing and felt making. Her contribution here is hats, accessories, fiber art and hand beaded jewelry.

Frank keeps the books and inventory, Jane manages the online aspects so the following tales are from my (Jane's) perspective.

>>>>>>>>>Jane's Tale:

My work is eclectic, ranging from hat making to sewing to feltmaking; whatever notion has control at the moment.

Work is created using mostly natural fibers; fabrics, yarns, supplies, from small local shops or online independents. You will also find components include cleaned, refashioned, upcycled vintage pieces gleaned from auctions, thrift stores, garage sales, antique shops, sometimes just found.

Production work is not in me, though am trying to do more short series of similar style items.


>>>>>>>>>Frank's Tale:

Kumihimo is an ages old hand weaving technique. The "loom" is a disk with a hole in the center. The cord forms in the center hole as 12 or more strands of thread are moved around in precise order.

We bought our first small Kumihimo disk at a Sheep and Wool Festival. Frank got really enthused about kumihimo- he remembers his grandfather making steel cord cables using a similar technique in the late 1940s.

The family business was construction and Granddad was one of a few cable makers in Nebraska at that time. Most of the cables he made were used in grain elevators. When Granddad got too old to move the reels of wire, grandson got to tote those reels. The similarities peaked Frank's interest and enthusiasm. He has been creating these beautiful precision cotton cords for several years now.

Once he got going with the cords, he ventured into semi-precious polished stone pendents, then onto other jewelery making in the form of strung stone necklaces and also earrings.


>>>>>>>>>Credits:

The gorgeous painted mannequin heads, modeling some hats, were painted by Erica DiPaolo.

The soft sculpture androgynous head - the needle felted head - sometimes seen with a moustache and needle felted hair, other times with a wig - is one Jane needle felted to be able to show hats on a large size head.

Recently we have contracted with a lovely young model, so we are now able to show our work as it looks on a living breathing person. Yippee, it is very fun to see how this gracious and beautiful young woman approaches the goods and how they work for her.

>>>>>>>>Product Testing:

Most of the items here, have in basic form, other colors, other fabrics been heavily wear tested for durability, function, and comfort. We wear and use things we make.

You can read about our adventures and preview new creations at http://www.atranquilnook.com/

>>>>>>>>>Member:

HandmadeMN (Minnesota Street Team)


>>>>>>>>>Other Etsy Accounts:

Felt Sew Crafty: for those who want to make their own. Find handmade supplies, sewing pattern, and vintage items in our second shop
http://feltsewcrafty.etsy.com

Tranquil Nook: http://tranquilnook.etsy.com (this used to be Frank's store, but honestly I could not keep up 3 stores so we put all our finished product together here at Glorious Hats, and keep Tranquil Nook as a personal account.

See more of our work in our flickr albums at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glorioushats/

(copy and paste above link as Etsy does not enable off Etsy links)

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