Type of item: Functional
Style: Classic, Traditional
The baskets are made with long leaf pine needles inside the coils. The stitching and open work is done with raffia.
What was your inspiration?
Years ago we were in Eastern Washington in the Fall. There were so many Ponderosa pine needles on the ground that I had to try and make something. I had an old book that taught this coiled method and kept working at it for years. Starting the coil is hard so I tend to keep on going once getting started. It makes for some pretty big projects.
What are you most proud of?
The time it takes to make a really big pine needle basket is a little daunting. I guess I'm proud that I stuck with it long enough to make some nice big ones.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Start with really good books and start small. Give yourself time for the hand/mind coordination to kick in. It may take a few baskets but once that happens, you'll feel a real sense of accomplishment.