Finally, another guest post! This tutorial is courtesy of the best grandmother on the planet, Sharon Woods. She splits her time between our homeland of Washington, and California. She made these in Hemet, CA. I apologize for the weird coloration issues in some of the pictures, saving them did something wonky. But you should still be able to get the idea.
What you need:
1. Long pine needles green or brown gathered or purchased, Douglas or Ponderosa pine is good.
2. A ball of thin twine or heavy crochet thread.
4. Masking tape.
5. Darning needle.
6. A piece of plastic soda straw about 1.5” long.
7. A thin piece of wood that is round and about 3” diameter. Craft stores have them.
8. 3/32” drill bit to make holes in the wood round.
Gather pine needles and wash them with a little dish soap and a few drops of bleach and rinse them. Spread out to dry then store in a cool dry place. Soak the pine needles for an hour before beginning a basket.
Drill holes in wood approx. ½ an inch a part. Check to see if your needle with the twine or crochet thread can pass thru the holes before starting your basket. With twine I use a single strand. With the crochet thread I fold it in half and use it doubled. Remove the sheaths that hold the pine needles together. Fill your piece of soda straw with pine needles, this is your gauge. Thread the needle with a piece of twine about a yard long. Tie one end around the bundle of needles you have sticking out the end of the straw. Pass the needle with thread through a hole in the wood and then wrap it around the pine needles and back through. Move soda straw to the left as you sew the needles to the edge of the wood.