Tuesday, April 30, 2019

I spent some time today finishing this pine needle basket with beeswax.  I also shot a how-to video of this process.   You can view it here: https://youtu.be/TsxPnwzuiAg 

Let me know what you think.   I hope some pine needle basket makers who have never tried this will find this video helpful.

I now have  Txweaver channel on YouTube with two videos.  The first one is how to make cordage out of dried day lily leaves.    Today was full of learning new things about making and managing YouTube videos.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Found some great rocks

So I joined the local Gem and Mineral Club to take their classes and use their great power tools.   This morning the club had a little swap meet in their parking lot and I found these great future pine needle basket centers.   I also met a club member who has a barrel full of what he considers junk agate slices that I can go through.   It was a productive morning!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Purple Valentine

As I was making this little round purple pine needle basket bowl, it wanted to become a heart!  Now it's called Purple Valentine.   I'm even OK with the fact that there is a different number of twists on each side.   Back in my "weaving using a protractor" days, I would never have let that happen.   :)

Drying Pine Needles

I ordered some VERY long pine needles from Pine Lane (Gayle George) in Florida.   The ones from my tree are thick and about 9" long. These are thin and about twice that long! They are beautiful, but green right off the tree.   I want to dry them out some before storing them so they don't mold.   They will remain green for a while, but eventually, exposure to light will turn them a lovely honey-colored light brown.