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|