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Á la Plage! (To the Beach!) Pine Needle Basket


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Á la Plage! (To the Beach!) was named for a funny event at the French immersion school in France I once attended. Our Czech classmate was tasked with announcing—in French only (a non-native language for us all)—the afternoon activities for each of the other classes at our mandatory all-school lunch, from beginning to advanced levels (we were intermediate), full of many international and ambassador-type folks. He sent each class to their proper educational location, like, the rather boring language lab, etc., but—he saved our class for last, saying, “intermédiaire: á la plage!” Hilarity ensued once everyone realized that only HIS class was going “to the beach!” I couldn’t help being reminded of that story with this resin center, containing a tiny beach scene made by DistinctiveU. The basket is made of natural, glycerin-treated longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris), and stitched with Brazilian Linhasita thread in two colors, using solid wrap, diamond, and simple stitches. Complementary glass crazy lace beads are inset along the rim, creating an octagon shape there.

8.5″ diameter; 1.5″ deep
(22 cm diameter, 3.8 cm deep)

1 in stock

SKU: 79-24 Categories: , ,

Care & Specs

Coiled pine needle creations are gifts from nature coiled with bundles of pine needles harvested after they’ve naturally fallen to the ground, and hand stitched with various waxed cords or threads. Many pine needle creations take more than forty hours to craft—truly labors of love that I hope may be enjoyed by others for many years to come. ~NMc

  • Care Recommendations
    Avoid fully immersing in water. Subsequent drying and contraction of water-soaked and swelled needles may loosen stitches.
  • Avoid direct sunlight: it could potentially damage organic materials or unevenly fade dyed elements used in your basket.
  • Gently remove dust with a soft paintbrush, or use a can of compressed air. Lightly wipe baskets with a damp cloth using cold water (without fully immersing in water).
  • Do not place in a microwave oven: metal parts may have been used in construction, and threads are coated with wax—it’s non-toxic, yet, could melt when exposed to heat.
  • Baskets are food safe, but to ensure ease of cleaning and their longevity, it is advisable to keep food separated from basket interiors with a cloth napkin or similar protection.