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Surprise Pine Needle Basket


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Created at the request of a friend as a surprise for his wife, this basket grew too big too fast for its intended purpose, and so, it was back to the drawing board for me to make something else for them that was closer to the original vision. Made with coiled longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris) that have been dyed black and glycerined for pliability, waxed Brazilian Linhasita thread, and crazy lace glass crow beads, this sweet basket is now waiting patiently for its new home, perhaps with you—or someone YOU would like to surprise?!

8.5″ diameter, 4″ deep
(21.6 cm diameter, 10.2 cm deep)

1 in stock

SKU: 54-22 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.