The art of pine needle weaving is an ancient tradition that dates back some 8000 years.

The technique is known as “Coil weaving” where successive  “Coils” of one material are stitched together to form baskets.

Pine needle weaving originated in Northern and Central America where native Indians practiced the technique. They created vessels for the souls of the dead as well as more practical baskets.

They were mainly woven with just pine needles but were sometimes decorated with slices of nut or deer antler.

Recently I decided to do some more traditional baskets, to compliment those combined with ceramics. Here are two examples of  my work which are mostly weaving, although I have added a ceramic bead to start as a focal point for the piece.