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Cuppa Tea?! Pine Needle Basket Table Centerpiece Set


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This handmade 5-piece pine needle tea set (teapot with lid, 2 cups, and tray) was made with a dear British friend in mind—he taught us long ago to always query your house guests first thing after the greeting with, “Cuppa tea?” This little reminder makes a unique table centerpiece and conversation starter. The teapot has a removable lid, and although its interior would not hold water, it is ample enough to keep a stash of tea bags handy. The two teacups also fit inside the teapot. Made of coiled natural longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris) and stitched with Brazilian waxed Linhasita thread in two colors, a combination of multiple stitches was used, including solid wrap, swirling basic, swirling wheat, reverse ti, popcorn, and fagoting that surrounds the inset walnut slices in the tray. The teapot base and both cups also have walnut slices for centers, and the teapot lid has a large wooden bead for a knob. This set won a first place ribbon at the Mariposa County Fair in 2023. Sold only as a complete set.

5-piece set includes:
Teapot, 5.5″/14 cm high x 7″/18 cm diameter
Tray, 10″x13″/25.4 x 33 cm x 1.5″/3.8 cm deep
2 teacups, each 2.5″/6.4 cm diameter, 1.5″/3.8 cm deep

1 in stock

SKU: 63-23 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.