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Pine Needle Basket by Arboris-Silvestre Pine Needle Basket by Arboris-Silvestre
I finished this one a little while ago, and am pretty happy with the way it turned out. Was trying something a little different this time :)

... Wait, this cant be right... I never thought I'd get a DD. Ever. And I've only just begun basket weaving. I have no idea what I'm doing yet; every piece is an experiment still...
... Aw, if I had known, I'd have taken better pictures, and arranged things more... artfully for you guys...

And yes, it's completely made of pine needles and artificial sinew (basically heavy waxed dental floss). I broke a few heavy sewing needles in the process too.

~edit: I made a lid for it, and it ended up selling for $120 :D

and if any of you are interested in seeing more... [link] and [link] are some of the different shapes I've played with.
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Pine Needle Basket by ~Arboris-Silvestre ( Suggested by GrimFace242 and Featured by Talty )
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have to say, I am glad to see you sold it for $120! That $25 in the image is WAY TOO LOW! It is a very pretty basket. This is something I want to learn more about, I took an intro class many years ago, even have a book on pine needle basketry. Just haven't done anything with it (I do a lot of beadwork).
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad so many people are liking these things, and think my work is worth a lot more than I initially thought! When I made this one, I had no idea what I ought to charge, so I ended up browsing eBay, and averaging relative prices for pine baskets around that size. Guess that wasn't a very good idea, haha. ;)
I'd definitely like to learn a bit more about it too -been keepin' an eye out for a class to crop up in my area, but for the time being, fiddling with stuff is teaching me a lot. Did you ever finish any pieces from your class? or was it mostly just technique/pattern stuff? If ypu ever get back into it, I'd love to see what you come up with!
Beadwork is tough! Lots of pattern-remembering, and bead-losing, and stuff (from what I remember of the little I've done;P)
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docsheiman Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
that is truly INCREDIBLE!!!
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! These baskets are such a joy to make!
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docsheiman Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:) welcome!
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Yanikyle Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Hey don't you think $25 is a bit too low for a basket like this? I mean, $2.50/hour? I'd sell this somewhere around $100 at least... Keep up the good work though!
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! :hug: haha I never figured I'd get anything close to minimum wage off any craft, really. Hardly anyone does (well, unless they're famous) because it's really not economical for the buyer. I dont really live in a luxury neighborhood, so I tend to price things reasonably so people can afford to get something nice without blowing a whole paycheck :). Haha, it's really not much bigger than a large orange, so I'd feel kinda awkward pricing it that high anyway, considering the materials are pretty darn cheap :P
Although if people wanna pay more for my work... I've got no objections, haha ;)
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Yanikyle Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Yeah, I hear you. It's hard to put a price to something you do but on the long run the faster you learn to do it easier it gets. People tend to undervalue their craft, no matter what it is. But as long as both sides are happy, I guess there's no harm done, right?
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Plus I'm not pro yet... I've got a whole lot to learn still :D
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nightchild01 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neato! I've never seen anything like this.
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