Pine Needle Basketry: From Forest Floor to Finished Project

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You've probably had the good fortune to walk through a forest carpeted with fragrant pine needles before, but have you ever dreamed that those needles could be transformed into beautiful and distinctive projects -- from baskets and trays to decorative containers and sculptures? Pine Needle Basketry will show you how.

The technique of coiling and stitching together pine needles is astoundingly easy -- so easy that in just a few hours, even a beginner can make an attractive ...

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Overview

You've probably had the good fortune to walk through a forest carpeted with fragrant pine needles before, but have you ever dreamed that those needles could be transformed into beautiful and distinctive projects -- from baskets and trays to decorative containers and sculptures? Pine Needle Basketry will show you how.

The technique of coiling and stitching together pine needles is astoundingly easy -- so easy that in just a few hours, even a beginner can make an attractive basket. In fact, with the help of the author's step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations, you'll make your first basket before you've finished reading this book.

It might be tempting to think that because all coiled pine needle projects are based on the same simple technique, they all look alike. Nothing could be further from the truth. Almost limitless variations are possible -- and you'll learn most of them within a few days: shaping the coils; dyeing the needles; varying the stitches you use; adding embellishments; incorporating centers made of leather and wood; and weaving intricate teneriffe rings.

After you've practiced the variations by making a few of the more than 40 projects included in this book, you'll have only one more technique to learn: how to let your imagination take over! Allow it to picture the project you'd like to create, let it decide which variations to include, and you'll be well on your way to mastery of pine needle basketry.

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Pine needles have become raw materials for baskets because they were a widely available, renewable resource. Mallow (Pine Needle and Nut Crafting, Glover, 1984) is a pine needle basketry artist and teacher. Here she covers materials, tools, basic techniques, and projects. Instead of step-by-step instructions, the projects refer the crafter to the general techniques pages at the beginning of the book. Novices are advised to make the practice basket project, which has detailed instructions, before attempting a more advanced basket. This book may be more suitable for use with classes than as a guide for beginners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600596032
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 189,409
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Materials and Tools 8
Chapter 2 Making Your First Basket 14
Chapter 3 Pine Needle Transformations 24
Chapter 4 Centers, Stitches, and Embellishments 36
Chapter 5 The Projects 49
Chapter 6 A Gallery 83
Chapter 7 History 105
Acknowledgements 108
Pine Species and Needles 109
Metric Conversion Charts 110
Sources 111
Bibliography 111
Index 112
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Great Book for the Beginner or Expanding your Ideas

    I bought this book to learn a few techniques, in order to expand my basket making ideas. It was great.

    With simple easy to follow steps for all stages of coiled basketry, from simple to more extravagant.

    Photos in the back of the book give even more ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Basic and Clear

    Good basic instruction for a beginner with clear, concise directions and helpful illustrations.

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