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« on: November 02, 2009 11:18:22 PM »

Just thought I'd show off another of my pine needle baskets.

This one part natural needles and part dyed needles.



Size reference.  It's quite small.



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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2009 01:28:44 AM »

what a lovely little thing. I've never heard of pine needle baskets before however do you make them?
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2009 04:26:21 AM »

what a lovely little thing. I've never heard of pine needle baskets before however do you make them?
They're a big southern thing... there are long pine needle trees... they tend to be about a foot long... they use the nice straight good ones and you can do all kinds of designs... I made one when we went to visit a family friend in NC. It was a small basket but it was out of pine needles... it was actually really cool. She has made some pretty amazing ones..
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2009 04:27:37 AM »

how neat and pretty! Do you also use pine to weave the long pine needles together? or do you use a different kind of material like a string?

Also, do you always weave them when they are dried or have you tried them while green for more flexability and then let them dry once in basket form?
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2009 06:20:37 AM »

how neat and pretty! Do you also use pine to weave the long pine needles together? or do you use a different kind of material like a string?

Also, do you always weave them when they are dried or have you tried them while green for more flexability and then let them dry once in basket form?

They are actually woven with sinew.  It's very strong, even when stripped thin.

As for drying, I always dry them first, then soak them for flexibility.  By drying them, I get a different color than if I were doing them green.  Besides, when the tree sheds them, they don't stay green.  These are all from my ponderosa pines.

This is only the third basket I've ever made.  Eventually I'll be good enough at this that mine will look better.  Then I'll be able to add things like beads and walnut shells.
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2009 07:18:45 AM »

It is beautiful.  I love your pine needle baskets.
The 2 colors look great.  What did you use to dye them with?
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2009 07:20:38 AM »

Very nice looking.  I never knew people did things like this with pine needles.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2009 07:23:12 AM »

These needles were dyed with beet juice.  I expected it to come out much more pink, but this is the color I got.  I think because the needles were already dark brown when I picked them up.
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2009 09:41:01 PM »

Your basket is very nice. I've always wanted to try making one of those.
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2009 09:03:40 AM »

I was just thinking about your pine needle basket you posted last spring this morning! I meant to try it, but when I picked up the needles, I just thought "Whew! I need a lot more patience if I want to try this!" So, I gave up. But maybe someday.... Smiley
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