Saturday, February 26, 2005

Pine-Needle Basketry


Posted by Hello These are a few of the Pine-Needle Baskets (or bowls) that I've crafted from the endless supply of needles that fall on our property each year.
The bowl on the left is the first one I made, about 6 years ago, and it's 12 inches in diameter at the top. It took about 80 hours to construct.
The bowl in the back is the first one where I combined pine-needles with a gourd and it was completed in about 20 hours.
The bowl in the front was done with an orange dyed twine which makes the spiral pattern in the stitching very prominent.
I use hemp twine to stitch the bowls together, and finish them with a brushed on coat of beeswax, which is then baked into the needles in an oven at about 150 degrees.
This makes the bowls quite sturdy and gives them a nice looking sheen, almost like a satin lacquer, only these materials are all natural and non-toxic.

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Anonymous Peg said...

Jim, very cool! I'm going to have to figure out how you did this. I love to make something out of nothing, so to speak.
Great website/blog. More, more!
Peg

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, Your baskets are wonderful....truly a "back to the earth" craft. You ARE living the good life!

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Anonymous Glo said...

I would love to learn to do this too. Maybe you could offer workshops....sign me up!

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Anonymous Nancy said...

So beautiful - what a thrifty and useful art!

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Blogger javaseeker said...

ooh, very good work! I just might have a new project for the gourds next year...

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Anonymous deenibeeni said...

These are gorgeous. I also do pine needle baskets, so I know the work and attention to detail that was involved in the making of these. Believe me when I tell those of you who have never done this, that these are exquisite!

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