Kumi's Pine Needle Basketry
Pine needle basketry is an American art, and part of our cultural heritage.
It is unknown when pine needles were first used as the primary material for making baskets, but records show it may have started the late 19th century.
Baskets are made from a vast variety of materials. Such as, in some areas in South Carolina, baskets are made with sweet grass. American Indian baskets are made with swamp-cane and grass while oftentimes adding pine needles,
Early on, baskets were primarily used for practical purposes such as to carry and store vegetables and fruits, tote bags, purses, hats and lamp shades. Other forms such as plates, bowls, vases, baskets with lids, baskets with handles and free-form objects began to appear as basketry evolved. These days, most of the pine needle baskets are made for ornamental purposes.
In the beginning of pine needle basket making, cotton thread was used for coiling the core pine needles. Later raffia and waxed linen thread were introduced. Synthetic threads such as nylon and ,polyester are also used.
Today, waxed linen threads is primarily used.
In creating the center for the basket, various items which may include walnut slices, shells, gemstones, and metals are used. Almost anything can be used.
Tenerife is also used for the center of the baskets using a ring and coiling thread around the ring to create a unique design for the center.
Cabochons, adhered to a leather-like fabric, are also a popular addition to create a center for the baskets.
Beads made of glass, metal, wood, and other materials are also added as decoration.
Use of dyed pine needles are also used to create a unique design..
I was born in Osaka and grew up in Chiba, Japan. I graduated in 1971 from National Nara Women's University with a Home Economics major.
I moved to the U.S. in 1980 and currently live in Sothern California.
I enjoyed craft work since I was little, and tried many crafts works as I grew up. After I retired, I encountered pine needle baskets, and started making baskets with pine needles since then.
These days, I like to use raffia as coiling thread more often.
I also try to make free form.
I also enjoy attending various type of art and craft workshops when they are available.
Tuesday afternoon class (1:00pm-3:30pm) or
Thursday afternoon class (1:00pm-3:30pm)
At Kihara's Art and Craft Studio
Address: 1604 W. 154th Street, Gardena, CA 90247
＊Currently the classes are cancelled due to corona virus pandemic.
The classes will resume as soon as the pandemic ends.
I am planning to have extensive workshops (a full day or two 1/2 day workshops) once or twice per year.
If you are interested in the workshops, please contact me via e-mail.
Private lessons and zoom lessons:
＊These lessons are by request. Please contact me for more information.
Two Pine needle basketry books in Japanese were published by me：
"Pine Needle Basketry - Advanced" September, 2019 by Kumi Salisbury
（⇒ Please see the title and index pages images below)
Kumi Salisbury （百日紅 くみ）
Basic version: Title page, index of the content
Advanced version: Title page, index of context
How to purchase the books：
Purchase in Japan,
go to (www.amazon.co.jp), or go to
Japan America Publisher site（www.japanamerica.jimdo.com)
Purchase in the U.S., please contact me directly via e-mail.（firstname.lastname@example.org)
Basic basket making kits:
Available only in the U.S.
Please contact me directly for details via e-mail
Useful site information：
Books: (You can purchase through Amazon.com or author's web site）
"Pine Needle Raffia Basketry" by Jeannie McFarland
"Advanced Pattern Book" by Jeannie McFarland
"Pine Needle Basketry" (sub title: From Forest Floor to Finished Project) by Judy Mofield Mallow
"Pine Spirit Basket Making" (sub title: A Modern Approach to the Ancient Art of Coiled Basket Making) by Sande Rowan
"The Joy of Basket Making Volume One" (sub title: Pine Spirit's Complete Guide to Coiling) by Sande Rowan
"The Joy of Basket Making Volume two" (sub title: Pine Spirit's Complete Guide to Coiling) by Sande Row
"Basket Weaving Essentials with Nadine Spier" by Nadine Spier
"Advanced Basket Weaving with Nadine Spier" by Nadine Spier