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Salsa! Pine Needle Basket


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Salsa! A fun piece, with dancing lampwork chile pepper beads that never stop moving. Thus, its name refers to either the food or the dance… I couldn’t decide (but due to all the movement, I’m leaning towards “dance!”). Resin center made by Kali McKeown, embedded with the same lampwork chile pepper beads, and complemented by the radiating ti stitching with four colors of Linhasita waxed Brazilian thread that creates a gradient color effect. Coiled black-dyed longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris) are also embellished with matching crow beads and signed metal artist authentication and creation year (2024)  ID tags.

9.5″ diameter, 2.5″ deep
(24.1 cm diameter, 6.35 cm deep)

1 in stock

SKU: 73-24 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.