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American Pie Pine Needle Basket


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The American Pie pine needle basket is a red, white, and blue nod to the old Don McLean song by the same name. The center is ceramic, custom made by Ellen Butler McCoy, and has her “McCoy” signature on the bottom of it, with slightly-recessed red and blue stars on the top. The basket is made with natural and blue dyed longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris), and stitched with three colors of Linhasita Brazilian waxed thread (red, white, and blue, of course!). Stitches include solid wrap, swirling basic, half diamond, reverse ti, and the two-color fern and simple stitches that create the chevron pattern around the extended rim. Glass crow beads are attached to one side with the artist’s signed metal ID tags that include the creation year (2024).

9″ diameter,  2″ deep
(22.9 cm diameter, 5 cm deep)

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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.