Thursday, February 25, 2016

Coiling With Friends

Every year around Valentine's Day
we head south to Zephyrhills
to visit our friends and make a trek to
the Webster flea market.
This phenomenal flea market covers what seems like
hundreds of acres with tons of vendors
selling all sorts of treasures.
I am always on the lookout for knitting and crafting stuff. 
Last year I came across someone selling agate slices.  I purchased a few
and sent them off to be encased in acrylic so they could be used
as a base for a pine needle basket.
It just so happens that the friends we visit
(well, the wife at least)
is who taught me the craft of
making a pine needle basket.
So when we get together, we coil...
sharing ideas
and new methods
to use in basket making.

She is very talented and encourages me
to look beyond what is
usually done.
The agate in acrylic was just such an adventure.
I love how the clear acrylic allows
whatever color come through.

My latest creation, now in my Etsy Shop

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A New Basket

When not working... or traveling... or knitting...
I make pine needle baskets.
This is my latest creation.

The friend who taught me how to make
coiled strands of pine needles into a beautiful basket
is always sharing new ideas of things to use for centers. 

This one is made from polymer clay.
Several colors can be gently blended
to get the unique swirl design.
The center determines what the basket will look like.
A round center will produce a round basket.

The light brown rows are made of sweet grass.
A few coils of sweet grass make a lovely accent.

This, along with other designs, are
currently in my Etsy shop Pine Designs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time~~