Pine needles and the sheathes that hold them in bunches

Unsheathed pine needles are tucked, hiding the short ends, into the middle of the existing coil at the bottom where it joins with the previous coil.

Sheathed pine needles, carefully positioned, can also be used to create patterns in baskets. Sheathed pine needles are added singly every stitch or so, or in small bunches every two or three stitches. The sheathed portion of the needle is positioned on the outside of the basket at the bottom of the coil being added. Stitch over the middle of the sheath, leaving about 1/4 inch projecting from the basket wall.

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