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Madia Cyanotype Pine Needle Basket


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This pine needle basket was created using a resin center made by Sierra Sown. The center has a cyanotype print of a Spring Madia (Madia elegans) flower, collected from our property here in Mariposa, CA—the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. An annual wildflower in the sunflower family, the cheerful yellow and red flowers of the Spring Madia attract bees and butterflies, and birds enjoy the seeds after blooming. The basket is made with a foundation of untreated longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris) and stitched primarily with ti but including solid wraps, swirling wheat, half diamond, and fern stitches in Brazilian waxed Linhasita thread. It’s a perfect place to keep small trinkets, jewelry, and other tiny treasures handy.

7″ diameter, 1.5″ deep
(17.8 cm diameter, 38 cm deep)

1 in stock

SKU: SM!-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.