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Mariposa Lilies Pine Needle Basket


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During one particularly stormy March, thoughts of calmer springs turned to making this teneriffe rendition of Mariposa Lilies (Calochortus superbus)—a wildflower that doesn’t actually bloom until late April or May. Native American tribes in this area of California where I live relished the bulbs of this plant for food when, in the early 1900s, it grew in “great tracts” on open hillsides. Fortunately for me, these lovelies bloom right here in our Mariposa, California back yard, in late May. Besides the teneriffe Mariposa Lilies hand-woven on 1.5- to 2-inch brass rings, this basket is made of dyed and natural glycerined longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris), and stitched with Brazilian waxed Linhasita thread in two colors using solid wrap, simple, and fern stitches. Glass crow beads and the artist’s signature and basket creation year engraved on metal ID tags are attached to one side. This basket won a second place ribbon at the 2023 Mariposa County Fair—its only competition was “Cuppa Tea“ which won first place, also shown in this Shop.

This basket comes with a metal display stand.

11″ diameter, 2-3″ deep
(28cm diameter, 4.5–7.6 cm deep)

1 in stock

SKU: 62-23 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.