artsfromtheforest

Arts From The Forest - Handcrafted Pine Needle Baskets

Ellis Grove, Illinois | 706 Sales

artsfromtheforest

Arts From The Forest - Handcrafted Pine Needle Baskets

Ellis Grove, Illinois 706 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars (138)

Announcement   Welcome to Arts from the Forest. We specialize in the creation of pine needle baskets, using Long Leaf Pine Needles. We use a variety of natural products to accent our creations including walnut slices and decorative wooden boards. All of our products are hand-made in the United States by our two artists Charles and Maxine. Each creation is a one of a kind work of art. We also cut and sell black walnut slices and basket base boards for your craft projects.

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Last updated on Mar 26, 2016

Welcome to Arts from the Forest. We specialize in the creation of pine needle baskets, using Long Leaf Pine Needles. We use a variety of natural products to accent our creations including walnut slices and decorative wooden boards. All of our products are hand-made in the United States by our two artists Charles and Maxine. Each creation is a one of a kind work of art. We also cut and sell black walnut slices and basket base boards for your craft projects.

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About

Maker of Handcrafted Pine Needle Baskets and Other Gifts from Nature

Twenty years ago we became interested in the creation of coiled pine needle baskets and vases. All materials are gathered by hand (i.e. pine needles, black walnuts, acorns, and leaves). As our talents grew, we were able to add more intricate designs. The difficulty levels of our selections were minimal in the beginning. Over time, with many hours of practice, we were able to create a larger variety with more designs and improved quality.

All of our creations are double stitched. Double stitching creates the designs that enhance the appeal of the final product. Several stitches are used with swirl and straight being the most common. The weaving of baskets and vases is tightly and intricately done using nylon thread.

Maxine is the artisan who creates and decorates the pine needle vases. Each vase begins with a special design called "Tenerife". "Tenerife" is a design woven with raffia inside a copper ring. This forms the base for the piece. Pine needles are woven using a continuous coil to form and shape the vase. Depending on the size of the finished product, 12 to 120 hours are required. Decorations of various beads, feathers, and suede are added to complement the finished product.

Charles designs and creates the baskets. Baskets are started by using a walnut or decorative board for the center. Pine needles are woven using nylon thread to form the shape. Slices of black walnuts are added throughout the pine needle basket to create different shapes and sizes. Baskets can contain between one and sixteen walnut slices, thus increasing the difficulty and beauty. Depending on the size and number of walnut slices used, 8 to 60 hours are required for completion. A wildlife series of pine needle baskets has been added to our collection featuring a variety of animals on scroll-sawn centers. We also have a wood burnt pine needle basket collection which features wood burnt images of animals or other objects such as trains, angels and more.

We have also added duck egg kaleidoscopes

In addition, we offer various craft supplies that you can use to make your own creations: black walnut slices, basket base boards.

All of our unique gifts are handmade in the United States of America by us, Charles and Maxine.

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Shop members

  • Charles Weber

    Owner, Designer, Maker

  • Maxine Melching

    Maker

    Maker and designer

Production partners

  • Maxine Weber

    Ellis Grove, IL

    Partner does wood burning and makes jewelry.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 16, 2015
At Arts From the Forest we value our customers and strive to achieve perfection in everything we do. We aim to satisfy our customers by quickly providing them a high quality, one of a kind piece of art.

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We also offer first class shipments to Canada at $15.95. Please send us a message before ordering packages for overseas shipment. Weight limits may apply.

If you pay using PayPal, your item will be shipped on the next business day. If you pay using a check, your item will be held until your check clears our bank. This usually takes approximately 5 business days.