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In an effort to clean up the website’s look, I am creating this page for comments only.  Unfortunately, I am not able to relocate all the previous comments, so sadly, they may eventually be lost.  Thanks for visiting again and I hope the tutorials and other information you find here are helpful.


 

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  1. I live in North Idaho and have pine needles coming out of my ears! I have decided to try my hand at pine needle basketry and have been studying your tutorials which are so helpful. Your work is beautiful. I am attracted to the meticulous stitching and pattern creation most of all. I have collected pine needles from my lawn (lots of them), I washed them and gave them a glycerin bath and rinsed them thoroughly in hot water. The pine needles are darker, have a nice sheen and are flexible. They are also spotted – they look variegated. Is that normal? Did I do something wrong? I was expecting them to be uniform in color, but they’re not. I would appreciate your insight and advice.

    • It is not uncommon for some needles to have spots. It could be mold; it could be the needles may have laid on the ground a while; or it could just be the conditions under which they developed. Don’t worry about it. The variations will give your basket a unique look. My mantra is “there is no such thing as a bad pine needle”! As for glycerin treatments….they are entirely optional. You do not have to do that before working with them. But as you have discovered, it does make them flexible and turn them a darker color. The point I stress the most with my students is that with coiling THERE ARE NO RULES! Unlike with traditional basket weaving where there are more stringent approaches. Just let the needles guide you. Don’t overthink it. You will be a much happier coiler if you just let the vessel develop and throw away any preconceived notions of what you want it to look like. Many beginners become obsessed with even stitches and perfect patterns. Don’t get drawn into that or berate yourself that it doesn’t look perfect. Allow the journey to be the reward…..the perfection and stitches and patterns and all else will come naturally with each new basket you coil. Oh….and NEVER GIVE AWAY YOUR FIRST BASKET! You will want to look back on it down the road to see how far you’ve come. Welcome to my addiction !

  2. just went on your site like you told me at reunion. Going to explore and maybe try it. Loved visiting with you at reunion.

  3. Carol I stumbled upon your videos on teneriffe yesterday and was so very thankful for having done so. Your creations are amazing and so beautiful. I love your sculptural pieces and your hammered copper pieces. Truly inspiring.
    Did you say variegated embroidery floss? Being a newbie I didn’t realize there is such a thread.
    Thank you for your videos. Can hardly wait for more. Debbie

  4. Hi Carol Love you designs, color, movement in your baskets. I have a question-How do you explain to customers that natural pine needle color will slowly fade and over time will be on the beige to brown scale?

    • Janet, I include a tag on each basket that states that if the needles are initially green, they will slowly turn brown over a period of time. I also state that they can slow (not stop) the process by keeping the vessel out of direct sunlight or fluorescent light. As pine needles are organic, there is nothing to be done to stop the process, but in my mind, that only adds to the beauty and intrigue of a vessel. You are able to watch the slow transition to a completely different piece of art.

  5. love your website. can you tell me were you got the needle that your using in your viedo? hope to hear from you.

    • Janet, the needles are made by Osborne. You can usually find them on eBay. Or, you can purchase by the dozen directly from C.S. Osborne website. I use the four inch straight round needle as well as their curved needles.

  6. Carol, your website is fantastic. All your vessels reflect who you are, which are exquisite! I am so so happy you have this wonderful website and look forward to more of everything! You are a great instructor and you inspired me to learn to coil.
    A great big Thank You to you!

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