This is part 2 of my southwestern art pictures. I learned to do some wonderful pine needle
woven baskets which I still have, while I was staying at Valle del Oro in Mesa -- In some cases I hand built some centers and
poked in holes all around the center circles -- Then I attached the raffia and started making the outsides. The long one is
a 'bun holder' - the larger is a hot mat -- the basket at the side
is a bit different. First of all I dyed my needles a brown - and used sliced walnuts put together with silicone - which gives them strength and a nice looking finish. I also incorporated some walnut slices in the ends of the basket.
As mentioned in my previous post, I loved doing the southwestern arts - and these are
treasures. I made quite a few at the time for gifts but made sure I kept one of each for me!
I hope you enjoy looking back with me. Shirley