Hi everyone, I noticed pine needles baskets while on the Yahoo Spinning Forum and just fell in love with their elegance and versatility. I had to learn what raffia was, a palm from Madagascar--hmmm. I stopped at Michael's and now am armed and dangerous with the materials. Went out yesterday and really didn't have pick up needles. I found a small pine that had toppled over against another tree and got the mother lode of needles all hanging straight down, 10 to over 12 inches, dried, and ready to go! I was up late last night watching "Nancy Today" videos to get me started. You just have to love Nancy for who she is.
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I haven't added the twins onto the site yet I had a month ago. I have dozen of the kids in the back of my 7.5 property in Florida. The fleece is processed professionally removing the guard hair and I have learned how to spin, perhaps not well and am now make spindles. I want to learn how to dye the pine straw and work various stitching's. I'm tempted to go to Wal-Mart after Easter and pick up a mess of egg dyes when on sale to dye fiber but thought perhaps it would work on needles? We also use Wilston cake dye and Kool-Aid to dye fiber. Not sure if these product will dye pine needles? I don't use any acid based dyes.
I noticed a number of things I would like to make. The headband on Kaye Burlason's Gallery is very nice and I see they sell they wire frame for them. Hats are very nice. I'd like to make a basket to slip my drop and top spindles into the side of the basket and have the basket hold the roving (the cloud of down that you spin). Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and say "Hi." I'll lurk until I get the hang of things. Thanks,Wendy Murphy