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Currents Pine Needle Basket


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This “Currents” basket is handmade of longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris) treated with glycerin for pliabiltiy and longlife, and waxed Brazilian Linhasita thread. The “currents” loops depicted in the front of this basket were formed using a technique more often found in fabric-wrapped coiled rope baskets, but these are all pine needle bundles tightly-wrapped with fine, 1mm thread. Stitches used in this basket include ti stitches for a radiating color gradient center, the simple and swirling wheat for the interior and exterior stitch patterns, and of course, solid wraps for the top five rim rows in various colors of water: indigo, turquoise, light green, and tropical purple (lavender).

11″ diameter, 4-1/8″ deep
(28 cm diameter, 10.5 cm deep)

1 in stock

SKU: 47-22 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.