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Birds In Flight Pine Needle Basket


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Birds in Flight basket, made of dyed longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris) coiled and bound with red, white, and black waxed artificial sinew. The name comes from a stitch combination developed by notable basketry artist, Carolyn Zeitler. This combo was used in both the center and outside edge of the basket. Other stitches include the fern and swirling wheat.

9.75″ diameter, 1.75″ deep
(24.8 cm diameter, 4.5 cm deep)

1 in stock

SKU: 61-23 Categories: , ,

Care & Specs

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.