Making my first pine needle basket
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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

8 Comments to Making my first pine needle basket:

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Jaynie Blakestein on Monday, June 18, 2012 4:53 PM
I love your blog baby!!!!!!! and your gorgeous creations!!!!! I am proud to display your Pine Needle Art throughout my house.
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Sheri on Monday, June 18, 2012 5:00 PM
Mrs Blakestein, I love that you love my art in your house!!!!

Louanne Sargent on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 4:57 AM
Sheri, this is a great story and I'm pleased to know more about you, and how you have come to create your unique and stunning pieces. One day I will own more Sheri Smith creations! I wear my beautiful pendant often.
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Sheri on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 7:07 AM
Louanne, so glad you enjoyed my journey and also that you wear my pendant.

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bellabluestudio on Monday, May 20, 2013 12:23 PM
Great site. Lots of useful info here. I am sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks for your sweat!
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