Weave a Pine Needle Coiled Basket
Saturday, May 18th
Linda Lou Alexander is an experienced basket maker and workshop instructor. She will present her Pine Needle Coiled Basket workshop. It will be held in the Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center at the Museum of the Red River on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The workshop will begin at 9:00 and end at 4:00. Pot-Luck lunch at noon, so bring something yummy to share!
Basket weaving with needles from pine trees or grass is an ancient craft, possibly 9,000 years old. It is part of the tradition of coiled basketry, a very old method that has been practiced all over the world. In the United States, pine needle and grass baskets were first produced by Native Americans. This technique was later adopted and used by Americans of European and African descent.
The Seminoles of Florida and the Coushatta tribe of Louisiana were among the first practitioners of the coiled pine needle basket technique. The Longleaf Pine, or Pinus palustris, which grows throughout the South, is an excellent source of long, 7- to 18-inch long needles. The other pine that was often used was the Slash pine, which has needles 7 to 9 inches long. The needles were gathered, washed and dried. Then they were bundled and coiled into a spiral. The coils were wrapped and sewn together using twine threaded onto a shell needle.
The cost of the workshop is $45 for materials. Space is limited, so call early to reserve your spot!
All materials are included to produce a finished Pine Needle Coiled Basket.