Friday, November 14, 2014

Mystic Journey Pine Needle Basket

"Mystic Journey Pine Needle Basket"
The Mystic Journey is the journey of the soul.
As the Poet Wordsworth once wrote:
Our birth is but a sleeping and a forgetting
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere it's setting
Our souls have sight of that immortal sea
Which brought us hither,
can in a moment travel thither
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!

Angled View

Alternate View of Finished Basket

Finished View of "Mystic Journey"
This basket is 10"x 10" by 3" high.
It was made between Oct 15 - Nov 13, 2014
in East Gloucester, MA by Melissa Smith Abbott
Joseph Campbell once said, 

" Where we had thought to travel

outward, we shall come to the center of our 

own existence 


we thought we were alone, 

we shall be with all the world." This 


 in fact, the crux of the Mystic Journey 

we all take on this path 

                                 called life.


  1. This is absolutely stunning! As a beadweaver, this has opened up so many ideas to me. I can't wait to try out baskets sometime soon!

  2. thank you. I loved all the photos. I wonder did you plan ahead or just go row by row?

  3. What a BEAUTIFUL basket, ye are so talented and artistic !! Your creativity is to be commended!I'm hoping to learn this art. Thanx a million for sharing your talent!!