Pine Needle Creations by Sheri
Sheri E. Smith          -  Pine Needle Creations
Pine Needle Creations by Sheri

Commission pine needle baskets

IMG 1009[1]  I have been working on some commissions lately for a house that has been in the process of being built for the past 2 years. Yes it is a large place and the owners have ordered 5 of my baskets.
I started the process of creating this one by bringing in all of my waxed lined to see which one fits the décor. 
                                                       
     

2015, An Inspirational Creative Coiling Year!












 
                                                               




              What a fabulous creative  year 2015 has been for me!

      I had the opportunity to show my art in some wonderful juried events.
      Starting last May with being the featured artist at The New Zone Gallery in Eugene. It was so great meeting folks and getting wonderful feed back on my work. So humbling.
      I taught numerous workshops ranging from baskets to pendants in Oregon and California.
 My friend Jean Koon showed me how to make pine needle evening bags. I  made three of them  and sold all three! More to come for sure. The nex one will b for me.
      One of my workshops was just out of Yosemite and at the Valentines Reserve in Mammoth Lakes California. What a great bunch of creative gals they were.
      Spreading this creative process has been a joy and am looking forward to teaching many more classes this coming year.
      I just scheduled workshops at the Eugene Textile Center which I will be posting soon.
      My etsy page is slowly getting more hits and selling.
     Happy coiling everyone and Happy New Year,
     Your  friendly basket case,
      Sheri Smith Holgate
 
     

"Swirl"

      "Swirl"
 
 I recently sold this piece "Swirl" at The New Zone Gallery in Eugene, OR. I emailed the woman who purchase it to thank her for choosing my work  among so many amazing pieces. This is the response I received. http://sheripineneedles.blogspot.com/
 
 

Columbia Basin Basket Guild Retreat

IMG 0953[1]I spent this past weekend in Rockaway, Oregon at Camp Magruder for the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild Retreat.
There were so many amazing weavers there, some learning and others teaching their talents to others. So much great energy in one place.
Friday night was an open gallery, the theme was "It's Our Nature".
I had the pleasure of teaching these women how to make pine needle baskets on Saturday. A couple of them had made them before but wanted so new techniques and the rest were first timers, although you would never know it by their results.
On Sunday morning I traveled north to Cannon Beach before heading home. I stopped   in the Dragon Fire Gallery, where I had some of my work on display about 5 years ago. I was wearing one of the pine needle necklaces I made,  the gal behind the desk remembered my name and the art  I had for sale all that long ago. Amazing!
I hope to teach again next year and take some of the great classes they have to offer.

Pine Needle Basket making workshop

IMG 0896[1]Another "Eye Like It" pine needle basket workshop day.
Everyone had a good time learning a new skill, and of course getting to know each other while we worked on a basket.
I had the chance to spend time with Donna, who has been friends with me through facebook for a while now.  Bardee, a friend I have known for years was also there and we got to catch up on old friends. The two 14 year old twins, were amazing and came up with new stitches as the day went on.
Molly, who has come to a few of the workshops came by to weave with us with her usual wonderful energy.
All in all another positive fun, creative day! Yah :}
 

Mayors Art Show

     It has been an exciting couple of weeks here at Pine Needle Creations.
IMG 0858[1]Last week I was informed that the poster for the First Friday Artwalk in Eugene had a great  photo of my baskets on it!  I was a featured  artists at Harlequin Beads & Jewelry on that Friday August 2nd.  The turnout and response to my art was a delight. 
As you can imagine, one of the posters  is framed and hanging on my kitchen wall.
   Just a couple of days ago, I was  told that one of my  pieces was selected to be in the Mayors Art Show in the Jacobs Gallery in Eugene, Oregon. Opening night is August 22nd and it goes through October 5. Come on by and see which one was chosen. The basket pictured here is not what will be at the Mayors Art Show.
   A few of my baskets made it on the shelves on Lori Salisbury Gallery located at 391 West Cascade,  Sisters Oregon. The gallery features art that tells a story.
   I am working hard, (if you can call it work) at getting a good supply of my art to show at the McKenzie River Art Festival  August 17 & 18th in Leaburg Oregon.
 Along with making samples for classes, there is  publicity for  the workshops, emails, facebook updates, web page edits. 
Life is busy. That makes me happy!
 
 
 

First Friday Artwalk, My basket is on the poster for the event!

                             
 
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Last Night was the First Friday ArtWalk in
Eugene, where I was a featured artist along with three others at Harlequin Beads & Jewelry.
Family, friends and new faces were there to cheer me on and admire my work.
I had a sign up sheet for people who were interested in taking a workshop and had many
people sign it!
I was asked what inspires me.
Well sometimes it is a combination of colors, like last night this women had on a beautiful Purple pair of pants with a lime green shade of blouse.
It can be something as simple as that. Color, Shape, texture, technique. So many options, so little time.
I guess I better get off the computer and start a new project..............................................!!!
 

4th of July Special

4th of July Special Basket
 
I began this piece about 8 months ago and completed it in time for the miniature show at The New Zone Gallery
which begins on July 5th.
The center took me about 25 hours to complete.   
This is my kick of to summer basket!
Enjoy
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"Create! Eugene/ Eugene A Go Go did this interview with me

IMG 4173  Good Morning,
Check out the interview  I did last week for "Create! Eugene  / Eugene A Go Go".  on the  link below .
 
 
 

New Pine Needle Creation Blog

Two new Luminous Boxes

              
Swirl
I have just completed 2 new Luminous boxes this past week.
This one on the left is called "Luminous Swirl". I started it about 2 months ago and thought it would be a basket and kept getting stuck with it's progress. I  finally put it in the custom white oak frame and decided to finish it as a sculpture. 
The one below is called "Luminous Swirl" and it is framed in an espresso stained box that can
be either hung on the wall or stand free form. The hand blown glass stone was my inspiration for this piece. The pine needles and fibers compliment the stone. Along with the waxed linen, I used wire to wrap as well.
Eyes

Basket workshop at Harlequin Beads in Eugene

IMG 0460 I gave a basket class on Saturday at Harlequin Beads in Eugene with 7 eager students. The time flew by  even though it is an 8 hour workshop. We laughed and had a great time.
Teaching basketry is a great way to bond with people. It is always a relaxed group of, usually women, connecting on a new level.
In this workshop I had two young girls, probably in their early teens, who fit right in and caught on quickly.
Two of the students, Molly and Patricia took my workshop in Ashland and are grandmother and granddaughter. Molly was so helpful with her grandmother in Ashland that I have asked her if she would like to assist me in workshops that are  too large.
Everyone finished their baskets and am hoping there are now seven more basket makers helping me carry on the craft to the next generation.

Mother's Day Special

Mother's Day is almost here! Some prices on my "Shop" page have been reduced by 10%. The time to shop is now!
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Dates for pine needle basket workshop in Eugene at Harlequin Beads.

IMG 0384I just noticed that I did not post the dates for the upcoming pine needle basket workshops I am teaching  in Eugene.
On Saturday June 15th, 10-6 at Harlequin Beads & Jewelry in Eugene.
This is a beginners class, cost is $65.
On Saturday June 29th also at Harlequin Beads & Jewelry, I will be teaching an intermediate pine needle basket class from 12-5, cost $40.
 
For details on these classes and to register, go to harlequinbeads.com
 
In November I will be teaching classes on how to make these  Christmas ornaments. The dates, locations and details will be coming soon! 
 
 
 
 
 

First Friday Art Walk in Eugene

Ferris Wheel at The New Zone GalleryLast night we attended the First Friday art walk in Eugene, along with an event at Cozmic Pizza of longtime McKenzie  residents telling their stories of the river hosted by the Mckenzie River Trust.
Starting the evening leaving a platter  of fruit at the New Zone Gallery where I am showing my newest free form pine needle sculpture  we ventured out to see the "McKenzie Memories" show.
The line to get in was overflowing into the street, which gave us time to  visit with neighbors.
 Hearing the speakers and seeing short films narrated by Dave Helfrich and Leroy Pruitt of the good old days made me feel even more blessed of being a part of this community since 1973.

"Ferris Wheel" new pine needle sculpture

My newest pine needle sculpture "Ferris Wheel" can be seen at the New Zone gallery in Eugene, OR
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Harlequin Beads contact information for workshops

To Register for the Harlequin Beads and Jewelry pine needle basket classes go to

Harlequin beads has another pine needle basket workshop

Pine Needle Basketry
With Sheri Smith of Pine Needle Creations
Cost: $65.00
In this introductory class, students will learn how to create colorful coiled baskets, using pine needles, waxed linen, seed beads and a donut stone.

Students will learn to coil and shape the pine needles with a variety of stitches: swirl, mariposa and wrapped stitch. You will complete your unique basket by the end of the class.

The skills you learn in this workshop can later be used to create necklaces, Christmas ornaments and sculptural pieces.

Class instruction is individualized, so the class size will be limited to 6 students.

Pine needles, wire ring, crewel sewing needle, bees wax and written instructions are included in the class. You will need to bring the following supplies, which can be purchased at Harlequin:

  • One 25mm donut stone
  • One color of seed bead
  • 24 yards of 4 ply waxed linen (2 - 3 colors) 8 - 12 yards each

Please have your supplies purchased before the day of class, and bring a snack or sack lunch to this all-day class.

Pine needle basket workshop atHarlequin Beads and Jewerly

Luminous Coral (2)The  Pine Needle Basketry class at Harlequin Beads and Jewelry on May  4th is full!
I will be adding a new class date there soon for those of you who missed this one.

Harlequin Beads and Jewlery pine needle basket workshop May 4th

May 4, 2013  Harlequin  Beads & Jewelry 10-6
1027 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97401
Pine Needle Basketry for beginners.
Cost: $65.00
In this introductory class, students will learn how to create colorful coiled baskets, using pine needles, waxed linen, seed beads and a donut stone.

Students will learn to coil and shape the pine needles with a variety of stitches: swirl, mariposa and wrapped stitch. You will complete your unique basket by the end of the class.

The skills you learn in this workshop can later be used to create necklaces, Christmas ornaments and sculptural pieces.

Class instruction is individualized, so the class size will be limited to 6 students.

Pine needles, wire ring, crewel sewing needle, bees wax and written instructions are included in the class. You will need to bring the following supplies, which can be purchased at Harlequin:

  • One 25mm donut stone
  • One color of seed bead
  • 24 yards of 4 ply waxed linen (2 - 3 colors) 8 - 12 yards each

Please have your supplies purchased before the day of class, and bring a snack or sack lunch to this all-day class.
 Register at

Ashland workshop

  "Eye Like It"
That is the name I am calling the Ashland workshop. The women were all so great and full of creative energy.
As I always do, I tell my students that the class is not about having a "perfect" basket.
 Right before I took this picture I was showing a student that if you hold your basket away from you and not look too closely at it, you see all the beauty in it and not the imperfections. So as I was about to take the photo she  said lets hold the baskets up to our eyes and say "don't look too close". The setting of this workshop overlooks Ashland in a bright and cheery
studio. We had a great time and I can't wait to do it again!
Eye like it!

Ashland Workshop March 9

 
Ashland workshop March 9 has 3 people so far who have paid their $30 deposit, and a few more who have said they want to come.
 I am looking forward to the class. Each time I share my  skills with others it renews my excitement for my art. I love it!
Also looking forward to spending time with two of my high school girlfriends.
Pictures of my last workshop can be seen on my web page
Sheri
 
 
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Pine Needle basket class

My basket classes this past weekend were great fun, and my students made beautiful pine needle creations. Take a look, amazing for first time basket weavers!
 
 
 
 
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Pine needle basket handbook in the works

    Every time I teach a pine needle basket class I revise the written instructions I hand out to the students. They are included in the cost of the workshop. I also share  my favorite pine needle basket books, the ones I learned from.
The written instruction has been revised at least a dozen times.  My workshops are hands on, and the written material seems to not be used during class time, but to be taken home for further projects.
The thought of publishing a handbook has crossed my mind many times and today I decided I will
begin this process.
   I will keep you posted on my progress.
   As I  said in my last post, the description "Pine Needle Basketry" does not seem to describe with the feeling I have for what I do. Any new suggestions?
HAPPY WEAVING
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Pine Needle basket handbook in the works

 Every time I teach a pine needle basket workshop I hand out a pamphlet of  instructions so my students can make a new basket without me...
My classes are hands on so the instructions are not directly referred to in class.
I learned from my favorite pine needle basket books, which I always share with the class.
 Through the years my instructions have been revised  at least a dozen times as I develop my own techniques.
Today  with the help of my husband I have decided to begin a book, passing on my techniques.
Now that I have put this on my web page I am bound to make this happen. Watch for my progress!
 
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What is in a name "Pine Needle Basket?"

   I recently was telling a potential basket student that I had an upcoming pine needle basket workshop. She was not interested until I pulled out the example of the basket we would be making. She is now scheduled for the Belknap Springs workshop.
After registering she told me that without the example, the name" pine needle basketry" did not bring up a connection with her. She has since viewed my web page and said my work touches her.
Your Heart Is MineHow do I describe what I do without it sounding bland. I put my soul and myself into what I do and am searching for words to describe it.

Teaching a pine needle basket class where it all began "Belknap Hot Springs"

As I wrote before, I started weaving when I lived at Belknap Hot Springs. My sister in law, Shelley Smith had started a pine needle basket and showed me how to weave a pattern on a wire ring and how to add pine needles. The rest I learned from books and lot of practice.
Now I will be teaching a class at the Lodge at Belknap Hot Springs, where it all began.
Life for me has come full circle, and so it seems right that this process of starting a basket will start with a round wire ring.
The class is on February 10th  9-5
$65 includes all materials to complete a basket that will take you on a journey. For me a journey that has gone on for almost 30 years. A journey that has included hot springs water, the love of the outdoors and connecting with people to inspire me and whom I hope to inspire!
Hope to see you there. To register email me at sheri@pineneedlecreation.com
Bring a bathing suit. Our favorite line when we lived at Belknap Hot Springs was,"always in hot water"

Life comes full circle at Belknap Hot Springs

IMG 4174Life comes full circle.
I have some of my pine needle creations on display at "Belknap Springs Resort" . 
 My basket weaving started when I lived across the river from the resort. It was a magical time of life to have your own private hot springs pool right out your front door. I would start the day  with a cup of coffee in hand, outside in hot water.
This was before my children were born and life was simple, plenty of time for my creative juices to flow.
Well life has had many changes since 1980. Although I still only live a few miles from Belknap Springs in a secluded place, I no longer have a private hot springs pool in my front yard.
I now again have plenty of time to weave. After working at "Holiday Farm Resort" for more that 10 years, it burnt to the ground this past April. I lost all of my weaving s in that fire, and a large part of my life . Well with loss comes gain.... I now have more time to make pine needle creations and to teach others how to as well!
If you get to Belknap Springs Resort to take a soak check out my work and walk across the bridge down stream to see where my basket roots began.
 
 
 

February 2013 basket workshop

   I will be teaching my next workshop at "The Eugene Textile Center", on February 9th from 10 -5. The cost is $65 which includes all materials to create a beautiful basket like the one below. For more information, go to my web page www.pineneedlecreation.com and check out the workshop page.
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New Inspiration

   On a  recent day when the sky was filled with clouds and the leaves were blowing in the wind, I spent the day shopping with a friend in a small artsy town. We were in the parking lot of a converted church turned into an art gallery when I spotted some amazing reddish type pine needles or some sort of plant matter under foot. They are only about four inches long, but of course I had to pick them up and take them home for a new weaving project.
After seeing many shops decorating for the holidays, I had the inspiration of starting a line of table decor.
So many ideas, so little time.
Happy weaving!!!

"Luminous" pine needle sculptures

After much consideration of creating shadow boxes since 2005, I have
decided to name them "Luminous Boxes".
 
I had created and sold about 70 of these when the place I purchased the triple glass shadow boxes discontinued making them.
Since that time I found a local woodworker, Jeff Bandow of Eugene to custom build me these new wood/glass frames. The frames are from various hardwoods and are fabulous for my pine needle sculptures.
What do you think of the name "Luminous Boxes"?
 
   "Luminous Fall"                     and      "Luminous Light"
 
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Upcoming and past basket workshops

IMG 4087My basket workshop at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR., this past weekend got some women inspired to not only make beautiful baskets in the class, but also wanting to learn more and continue making more pine needle creations. My goal was complete!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Event58 Artistic Link5 a day of art,wine, music

    I will be showing my work on November 10th 12-7pm at Event58 Artist Link5
    35831 Hwy 58 Pleasant Hill Oregon
    visit our blogspot
 
 
    After a trip to Hawaii, my new work will include Ironwood pine needles that grow
    along the beaches there. I also am using coconut husk and shells I collected as I   sat on the beach working on a basket. So inspiring!
 
    Has anyone used Ironwood needles in their weaving s?

Fall basket workshop

Pine Needle Basketry workshop at Lane Community College Eugene OR
Learn the ancient art of coiling a basket with pine needles and waxed linen as you work on your own basket creation with artist /instructor Sheri Smith (view Sheri's work at: www.pineneedlecreation.com.) This day-long workshop is appropriate for beginners - everyone receives individual attention and assistance with their basket. (7 hrs $45)(Senior $38)
 Basket materials are $20 payable at the beginning of the workshop. Bring your own lunch
To register go to or call (541) 463-5252

Upcoming pine needle basket workshops

 
I had many people interested in taking a  basket workshop at the McKenzie River Celebration this past weekend. I will be making a new schedule soon.
 The Lane Community College continuing education schedule should be out soon. I will be teaching a one day workshop at the Fern Ridge Library in Oregon on October 20th from 9:30- 5:00. On November 4th there will be a  workshop in Ashland,  Oregon.
If you have trouble registering on line for the Lane Community College class, contact me to help you get through the process.
 
 
 
 

McKenzie River Celebration/ pine needle basket display

 
IMG 3818     I was showing at the  McKenzie River Celebration yesterday and today. It was great seeing  people I have missed  since Holiday Farm burned.
The music, food and art were great!

"Mother and Child" pine needle sculpture

 
 
 
IMG 3790I just finished a pine needle sculpture that floats between glass panels in a wood frame, making your wall or table come alive. It is called "Mother and Child" and is made of pine needles, with an intricate woven center, Jade donut, shell beads, stones and mixed fibers. This is the first box I have made since March, and I will be making many more.

"New Beginnings" "2 a.m."

IMG 3782After waking up at 2 a.m. and not being able to sleep, this vessel still on the table where it had been unfinished for a couple of weeks, not really knowing where to go with it, I  finally completed it four hours later. Not too happy about the end result, but now I can move on!rite
"New Beginnings" "2 a.m."

basket trade

Basket tradeI traded this basket for part payment of a root canal. It is now on display at my dentist in Eugene. Dr. Lonn Robertson. Thanks Lonn!Write your post here.

When we lived at Belknap Hot Springs

cable carLiving at Belknap Lodge & Hot Springs
Belknap Lodge & Hot Spring
Belknap Lodge & Hot Spring
Write your post here.
 
Back in the 1980's we lived across the McKenzie River from Belknap Hot Springs. This cable car was the only way we had to reach our piece of heaven! The newer bridge at Belknap was built after we moved on.
My former husband Randy Smith started building this house before I met him in the 70's. First he had to build the cable car to start the house. His great grandfather bought Belknap Hot Springs and 160 acres in 1907.
You can see  my son Trevor, then about 4 or 5 playing in the hot water if you enlarge it.
I had started making pine needle baskets when I was pregnant with him. He is now 27.
My mom,  is  taking a soak on a visit from Los Angeles.
 When I moved in, there was no plumbing, plenty of hot water from the hot springs to keep us clean, and warm in the winter.
We had both our kids there,( by that time Randy has installed indoor plumbing).  We generated power with a Pelton wheel from the cold spring up the hill.
Anyway, this is where my weaving began, pretty amazing place! I do miss living there, but can have a message by Ron Snider, who now has his message studio in what once was our bedroomLiving a dream, always in hot water

Basket Workshop

The workshop this past Saturday included 5 students who made their or their first baskets, and are all beautiful. The Fern Ridge Library was a great place for the class that was offered by Lane Community College. I am hoping to do another one there in October. Thanks gals for the great time!
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Take a class, workshop
Take a class, workshop
make a beautiful creation
Written instruction for basket workshop
Written instruction for basket workshop
Happy Student
Happy Student
Take a basket class
Fern Ridge basket class
Fern Ridge basket class
learn to make jewelery
Student basket in the works
Student basket in the works
Student art almost finished!
Student art almost finished!
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Basket Workshop

    I am looking forward to teaching pine needle basketry this Saturday at the Fern Ridge Library. I will post some pictures next week of the baskets the students made.
Write your post here.

finished 2 baskets and need suggestions on what to name my shadow boxes, something other than dreamcatcher????

 
Smith Sheri, Basket Trade, fish stone. What a great Father's Day Gift!Just finished these 2 baskets and had a professional photographer David Edwards photograph them for me. The left one is "New Beginnings Fun" and the right one is "New Beginnings Pzaz" Also just found a woodworker Jeff Bandow to make some frames for my new shadow boxes. I need a name other than a shadow box to describe them, something catchy, not dreamcather though.
Anyone have any creative suggestions?
rite your post here.
Mayor's Art Show, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, OR
Sculptural creation

I am working on 2 new pine needle creations at once

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Write your post here.I am working on 2 pine needle creations at once. Which one do you like best?
 
 
 
Basket in the works
sculptural basket

What is a basket, art or function?

It is raining here today in McKenzie Bridge, and since my "other "job is a self employed landscaper, I think it is a good day to work on a basket that I started last week.
This one is in the series "New Beginnings" but I have decided to work on something larger. Not a "Small Treasure", but hopefully a larger one!
Artistic creative and colorful pine needle basket, with turquoise stone  I am not sure about the yellow?
My baskets are not for your daily use. By that I mean I probably will not collect my vegetables in it. My purpose in making baskets is a form of expression.
 Baskets  have changed in that way. Without that shift from an everyday necessity to an art form, we would not have the variety and techniques we have today.
So, what is a basket, a functional piece or a piece of art?
Sheri

"New Beginings, Small Treasures- Larger Treasures

Basket lessons, workshopThis is a piece I just started. It is another "New Beginnings, Small Treasure" basket. This line started after the fire at the Holiday Farm Resort April 2nd, when all of my art from the previous year burned. This IS a new beginning, of both myself, and my art and I have a lot more to come!
 I think it may be time to leave the "Small Treasures" behind and work on some larger treasures. If you would like to see the picture more clearly, please click on it .

Making my first pine needle basket

Fish On! Gift Basket I am Sheri and this is my first blog about myself and making pine needle baskets.
It all started in 1980 when my sister-in-law Shelley showed me a pine needle basket she was learning to weave.
At the time her brother Randy and I were living across the river from Belknap Hot Springs Resort in Oregon, and I was pregnant with my first child Trevor. The only way to get to our home and private hot tub was by cable car. That is another story to be told later.......
Anyway, I bought the book "Pine Needle Raffia Basketry" by Jeannie McFarland and begun to teach myself how to coil baskets.
I had always loved making things with my hands. One summer when I was 13 I sold six dozen knitted purses to a department store in LA. I also had been consigning  mobiles made out of beads, shells and driftwood, but when I started working with pine needles and raffia, I was in love with the natural feel and smell of the whole basket process.
One basket led to another and soon I had a collection of basket books and baskets.
 Although I created  baskets with materials other than pine needles, it was the pine needles that seemed to call out to me.  My love of fibers, beads, glass beads, stones and wire wrapping all lend themselves together so well that mixing them really seems to work for me.
Write your post here.

Making my first pine needle basket

 
 
 I am Sheri and this is my first blog about myself and making pine needle baskets.
It all started in 1980 when my sister-in-law Shelley showed me a pine needle basket she was learning to weave.
At the time her brother Randy and I were living across the river from Belknap Hot Springs Resort in Oregon, and I was pregnant with my first child Trevor. The only way to get to our home and private hot tub was by cable car. That is another story to be told later.......
Anyway, I bought the book "Pine Needle Raffia Basketry" by Jeannie McFarland and begun to teach myself how to coil baskets.
I had always loved making things with my hands. One summer when I was 13 I sold six dozen knitted purses to a department store in LA. I also had been consigning  mobiles made out of beads, shells and driftwood, but when I started working with pine needles and raffia, I was in love with the natural feel and smell of the whole basket process.
One basket led to another and soon I had a collection of basket books and baskets.
 Although I created  baskets with materials other than pine needles, it was the pine needles that seemed to call out to me.  My love of fibers, beads, glass beads, stones and wire wrapping all lend themselves together so well that mixing them really seems to work for me.
Mayors Art Show, in Jacob Gallery, Eugene OregonArtistic basketcable car