North Carolina has long been known for its pine trees. It is a local tradition to use the needles from the longleaf variety to make baskets. This basket is made with a universal basket-making technique called coiling. I use a continuous stitch to sew together small bundles of pine needles using dyed cotton or linen cords in colors that coordinate with the base. Then I stack the coils to form the basket.
The base of this basket is particularly special to me. The fabric comes from a crazy quilt made by my Grandmother in the early 1920’s. She used my Grandfather's silk ties to make the quilt, and hand stitched each piece together using a feather stitch. The coiled rows of each basket are sewn together with black, brown and gold waxed linen.
The basket measures 8.25 inches in diameter (edge to edge) and it has an inside diameter of 6 inches. It is 2.25 inches high. The center disk measures approximately 4.5 inches in diameter. The longleaf pine needles used in this basket come from my home in North Carolina.
Pine needle baskets are lovely when displayed, but they are also useful and practical. They are conversation starters, too!
To preserve the colors, please do not display in direct sunlight.
This item is made by Douglas Odom. Douglas' complete collection is available at our Carrboro, North Carolina store. To see more of her items available online, click here.