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Water Whirl Pine Needle Basket


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Water Whirl is made of coiled longleaf pine needles (Pinus palustris) bound with a simple stitch and solid wrapped with Linhasita waxed thread in three colors (two blues and a light gray), with crow beads and metal ID tags. I’ve always loved swirls and organic shapes that still appear to be somewhat symmetrical. This basket was very time consuming, requiring a lot of wrapping and thread color changes. An interesting surprise was the “wave” it created all by itself at its top rim due to the way the wrapped sections stacked up. Although I had envisioned a round basket, it took on an oval shape in the end, so, I went with it and let it flow, so to speak.

9.25″ X 8.75″ diameter, 1.75″ to 2.5″ deep
(23.5 X 22.2 cm diameter, 4.5 cm to 6.35 cm deep)

1 in stock

SKU: 52-22 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.