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. To make the coils, I use a continuous stitch to sew together small bundles of pine needles using dyed cotton cords in rainbow colors. Then I stack the coils to form the basket.
The base of this basket is a pottery disk specially made for me by my sister. It contains the imprint of a Tulip Poplar leaf. 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.