Longleaf Pine Needle Basket

Good morning. The temperature has taken a nosedive. Our high for today and tomorrow is only 60º. 60º would be fine if the wind wasn’t blowing and the sun was out. But, the wind is blowing and unfortunately the sun is nowhere to be seen; so the “feels like” temperature is much lower. The heat even kicked on this morning. It will be a good day to do errands and be inside.

I did finish my 2nd pine needle basket.

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I used a wood scroll bottom I found at Hobby Lobby for $1.00 and about 48 yards of natural color artificial sinew I also found at Hobby Lobby. The sinew was a 50 yard spool for $7.99. I used a 40% off coupon to help cut the cost. I had the wooden beads in my stash. Using the longleaf pine needles we collected, prepared and cleaned in Alabama, making a pine needle basket is one of the least expensive of my hobbies. It just takes time, patience and some creativity. And, being able to find the right pine needles to use.

The bow is not permanently fixed. I’m not sure if I want to leave it or take it off. I could add a couple of beads to the bow ends. Just not sure yet. I also need to add a preservative to my baskets; like shellac.

Meanwhile, I’ve started another basket and finished reading a book. Life is good. Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

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Pine Needle Basket Class

Good morning. This week sure has gone by quickly. I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Not that one day is any different from another for us. Today is going to be a bit warmer than it has been the last few days, so we may be able to sit outside for a while. A nice walk will be nice too.

Yesterday was my pine needle basket class. As I had mentioned before, I wanted to take the class last year when we were here but it wasn’t offered until January and we were gone by then. There were about 25 of us in the class. Two were men. The instructor had many helpers, who had taken the class in previous years, which was nice as they were able to give us the individual attention needed to get us started.

We were asked to bring some pine needles (or pine straw as the instructor called it). We were given a starter kit with a black walnut slice, needle and artificial sinew. She went over all the basics with us; how to collect and prepare the needles to work with. I was glad I had asked questions and looked online prior to class. I was able to have that part done. My needles were cleaned and ready to sew with. The time in class went by quickly. Basket making is a slow process. It takes time to collect, clean and prepare the needles. Creating a basket also is a slow process.

We were told that no two baskets are alike. Say you really like a basket you made and you want to make one exactly like it for someone else. Not going to happen. Even though you created the first one, no matter how hard you try the next one will always be a bit different.

I think I caught on pretty quickly. My previous experience with needlework helped. I already knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, quilt, sew, bead, etc.. This is just one more type of needlework craft to add to my forte. Will I stop doing my other types of needlework. No, making baskets is kind of messy. It is best to work on outside. But, I will be enjoying this craft now too.

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Start of my 1st Basket and prepared Pine Needles

Loving our lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn