The cheerful reminder that love is all around us everyday was the inspiration
for this basket...thus the name "Spirit of Love".
I made this basket using natural brown Longleaf pine needles, red artificial
sinew, red heart glass beads and a beautiful grained walnut wood base.
This basket is approximately 3-1/2" x 3" x 1-1/2".
I learned how to make pine needle baskets in 1986 and have had a passion for
this craft ever since. I use natural and dyed pine needles from Ponderosa,
Torrey, White, Loblolly, Longleaf and a variety of other pine trees. Each
basket takes many hours to complete and is carefully hand-stitched and coiled
using waxed linen thread, raffia, artificial sinew, poly cord, wire and other
things in a variety of colors and textures. I incorporate agate, a variety of
woods, shells, pottery, ceramic and other artistic pieces in the bases of my
baskets. Some are adorned with gemstones, beads and trinkets. I also use
sweetgrass, lavender stems and other dried natural materials that add
additional character to my baskets.
A bit of my spirit goes into each of my one-of-a-kind basket creations. Most
tell a story about something memorable in my life. My baskets are both
functional and decorative and are heirloom quality made to last for
generations. I hope my baskets will provide some of the peace and happiness
they bring me as I am making them.
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