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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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Given 2012-07-19
Pine Needle Basket by ~Arboris-Silvestre ( Suggested by inknalcohol 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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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, thanks! There are a lot of even better ones on google images :D So many designs and colors!
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nightchild01 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. You're very talented. I couldn't do that (and not only because of my pine allergy).
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure you could! A lot of people make em out of yarn and embroidery thread, which is cheaper, easier, and -usually- allergy free :D. Plus the finished product is really soft.
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nightchild01 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's really neat!
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8arah Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Whoa, Thats incredible! Congrats on the DD it was well deserved! :D
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! :love:
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ChipWhitehouse Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
ONLY $25?! This is AT LEAST worth $100 AT LEAST!!!
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, when I first posted it, I had absolutely no idea that it would be so well received! I thought that $25 was just being hopeful, but boy was I wrong! Honestly it was just a shot in the dark, but I'm so glad that everyone thinks it's worth more! :hug: Thank you so much!
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Wolffi88 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice :)
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :love:
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ipneto Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nicely done.
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! :love:
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ipneto Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your welcome.
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Suraku-The-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
wow... that is awesome.... im going to pm you, in 3, 2, 1.
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, I'm so glad you like it! :hug:
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lukosv Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you could get more than 25$ for this. It's really nice.
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! :hug: I honestly never thought that the price would be so well received! it was really just a shot in the dark! haha, I was so pleasantly surprised to see everyone's support!
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lukosv Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug: :meow:
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have to agree with some other commenters; charging barely $2.50 an hour for this kind of work is a total disservice. Something handmade with obvious quality like this should be in the $100-150 range easy.
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I first posted it, I honestly thought that $25 was just being hopeful, and I had no idea that it'd be so well received! I had no idea what people would think it'd be worth, but I'm so glad that the vast majority decided that my work is worth more! :hug: haha, I feel so accomplished!
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
It can be really hard to price work, so I totally sympathize. Generally I'd say you should at least get minimum wage x hours put in for any work. I mean, if you can make $7/hr flipping burgers, you should definitely get that or more for skilled work like art. :)
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wolvensong Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is really beautiful! congrats on the DD!
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks! :hug:
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aruupaka Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is really amazing! It takes true skill and patience to weave a sturdy basket, but with pine needles?! Now that's a different story.
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha, it's actually pretty simple :) just time consuming. The only difficult bit is starting off, really. The rest is just sewing, and time. Lots of time, haha
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devidoggy87 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont know if you will consider this but i think it is a little underpriced for how much time you spent on it
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was sort of testing the waters with the price, to see whether something like that would be do-able for the potential consumer, and all of a sudden, I got a TON of really great feedback! I'm really glad so many people think it's worth way more than I had initially thought! I know I'll probably never get minimum wage out of it, but I definitely feel much better about pricing things a little higher now! :hug:
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devidoggy87 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or else you are practically giving the product away. It just not worth such a small amount
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NyssaSutherland Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Agreed, you could and should be pricing this a bit higher. It would certainly be worth it.
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devidoggy87 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would raise the price to about 100$ or more?
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coolxplz Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I could teach my snake to dance in that.
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Only if he's a little snake, haha ;)
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coolxplz Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Indeed.

*summons* :iconekansplz:
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cat-with-a-pencil Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... I'd love to learn how to do that. You're so talented...
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! :hug: though it's not as hard as it looks :) the hard part is starting off, and the rest is just sewing, and jamming pine needles in the bundle when it starts to get a little thin :D everything else is just time and patience!

Maybe I'll make a tutorial for everybody when I start my next basket : D
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cat-with-a-pencil Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You totally should! :D
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Treking495 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Nice! You should put your crested arrows up as well.
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shhhhhhhhhssssssssss.........
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KatanaHiryuu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
wow that has to smell so much like christmas! nice! :D
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Arboris-Silvestre Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it smells closer to a bale of alfalfa, but then again, it's been dry for some time :D When it's first comin' together, it definitely smells like christmas though! :D
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