Fourteen years ago we became interested in the creation of coiled pine needle baskets and vases. All materials are gathered by hand (i.e. pine needles, black walnuts, acorns, and leaves). As our talents grew, we were able to add more intricate designs. The difficulty levels of our selections were minimal in the beginning. Over time, with many hours of practice, we were able to create a larger variety with more designs and improved quality.
All of our creations are double stitched. Double stitching creates the designs that enhance the appeal of the final product. Several stitches are used with swirl and straight being the most common. The weaving of baskets and vases is tightly and intricately done using nylon thread.
Maxine is the artisan who creates and decorates the pine needle vases. Each vase begins with a special design called "Tenerife". "Tenerife" is a design woven with raffia inside a copper ring. This forms the base for the piece. Pine needles are woven using a continuous coil to form and shape the vase. Depending on the size of the finished product, 12 to 120 hours are required. Decorations of various beads, feathers, and suede are added to complement the finished product.
Charles designs and creates the baskets. Baskets are started by using a walnut or decorative board for the center. Pine needles are woven using nylon thread to form the shape. Slices of black walnuts are added throughout the pine needle basket to create different shapes and sizes. Baskets can contain between one and sixteen walnut slices, thus increasing the difficulty and beauty. Depending on the size and number of walnut slices used, 8 to 60 hours are required for completion. A wildlife series of pine needle baskets has been added to our collection featuring a variety of animals on scroll sawn centers. We also have a wood burnt pine needle basket collection which features wood burnt images of animals or other objects such as trains, angels and more.
All of our unique gifts are handmade in the United States of America by us, Charles and Maxine.