Sunday, November 23, 2014
I started work on a Pine Needle Basket today and I think you can see from the very beginnings of this basket that there is a certain relaxed contentment in it.
This is the thing about making Pine Needle Baskets, we learn by our mistakes and what works for us and what doesn't. Being adaptable and creative can be so much more than just doing a stitch and liking how it looks. Everything about the art form from picking the needles up off the ground, washing and drying them, baking them in glycerin or dyeing them has an energy of love which we infuse with every step into the process of each basket. Art is a process and cultivating the resiliency to be in constant awe and creative adaptability goes a long way towards the overall look of any given basket. It is best to just chalk up any set backs as " experience" and move lovingly forward to the next step in the process. Next time you process some needles try something new or wait for a warmer day. Sometimes this is why baskets can take a long time, because we wait for the perfect moment to do things. This doesn't always come easy. I always want to push things through with my mojo but as I grow older I start to see a wonderful rhythm and energy to the ups and downs or trials of making a basket.
I have tasted the hidden honey of the lotus that expands on the ocean of light, and thus, I am blessed. Let this be my parting word. - Rabindranath Tagore
Friday, November 14, 2014
|The very beginnings of the Mystic Journey.
Paua Shell cabochon glued to a piece of leather.
|1st row going on second row.
I make my stitches tight and close.
|Putting on the 1st row of 6 mm lapis beads
|Lapis bead row almost complete
|1st row of solid teal wrapping
|A Row of Czech glass teal colored
beads between rows.
|Added a row of larger 10mm Lapis Beads
and then another solid teal row is begun
|Solid Teal row is completed and starting a row of cobalt
colored czech glass beads between rows.
|The cobalt beads I used were silver lined.
Here is a close up of we stringing
them in between rows.
|Another close up.
You can really see the beauty of the Lapis Beads.
|Teal colored glass Czech beads
used between rows.
|The light looks beautiful
through the Teal Beads
|This is where I am adding a row of 8mm Lapis beads
and starting to come up the sides of the basket.
|The sides of the Basket are being formed
and I added another solid teal row to end the whole thing.
|close up of center
|The Back of the Basket.
|Side View of Finished Basket
Note my bee hives in the background!
|Alternate View of Finished Basket
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
|"Forest Sky Bowl"
Begun in July 2014 in Mirror Lake N.H. and finished October 2014 in Gloucester, MA using a green turquoise cabashon with malachite, yellow jade, copper beads, carnelian and glass beads with Crawfords Irish Linen thread waxed with beeswax Needles were sourced on Merritt Island, Fl and preserved in a glycerin bath.
|note: copper spacer beads in plastic package
|Close up of start on
Dyed Green Turquoise Cabashon - I love the flecks of gold in it!
|Close Up of Copper Spacer Beads used
|Working at this at Mirror Lake, N.H. and putting on a row of green glass beads
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Pine Needle Basket created by Melissa Abbott during the Spring and Summer of 2014. Basket was begun in Merritt Island, FL, sourced with local Pine Needles
gathered there after a wind storm.
|The Very Beginning - Jasper Caboshon
|Adding some Beads
Amber, Red Glass Mariposa, and Carnelian
|Tools of the Trade
Work continued on the basket after Melissa
returned to Gloucester, MA
|The Basket starts to create a bowl
The Basket was finished during July 2014 in Gloucester, MA. The basket's needles were treated with a baked Glycerin bath for preservation which darkened them slightly. Crawford's Irish Linen Beeswaxed Thread was used with a Jasper Center, Amber colored beads, Red Glass Mariposa beads, and
Semi Prescious Carnelian Stone Beads.
|Nearing the End
|Working on it at Niles Beach in Gloucester, MA
|Basket was finished July 17, 2014 in Gloucester, MA
Friday, March 7, 2014
|Haley with her Basket
I made this basket for Haley last fall. It is a 6 inch round Nantucket Basket with a lid which I fashioned into a small purse. I used cherry bases, cherry long handle, bone findings, an old ivory piano key for the nameplate, and an ivory scrimshaw piece I did myself. This scrimshaw was my very first attempt at doing some scrimshaw and while primitive and a student piece, I was happy with the outcome. In fact, the whole basket was an experiment. I had recently purchased a 6" Lid Mold from DELS Nantuckets and wanted to try it out.
|The very start of the weaving
|The first few rows of weaving.
They are always the hardest part of the basket for me.
|After I got going on the Base.
Starting to look good but still needs a lot of packing
|The Basket comes off the Mold
|View of Interior before any varnishing
|Doesn't look too Bad
|Varnishing after I got the lid made
and the hinges on
|Haley with her son Austin and husband Brian at our home at Christmas. 2013
I gave her the basket as a Christmas Present
|Towards the End of Making Basket - I have glued on the scrimshaw but haven't gotten on the bone hasp yet
|View of Interior with Lining
|Still on the Workbench
|Interior Name Plate done on an old Piano Key
|Close up of Lighthouse Island Scrimshaw
My very first Attempt at Scrimshaw
|I think the Scrimshaw lights up the basket!
Happy Basket Making,