Basket Weaving 101: Miniature Coiled Basket

Rosemary and lavender can be combined with pine needles and coiled into fragrant, beautiful baskets.

| April/May 2000

This miniature basket measuring 1 to 2 inches in diameter is perfect as a pendant or Christmas tree ornament. The technique is easy to learn; after a little practice, you should be able to complete one in just a couple of hours.


• 30 to 40 dried pine needles (If you use green needles, the basket will shrink.) Any size needle may be used; longer ones are somewhat easier to coil. Soak the needles for a few hours or overnight. Drain thoroughly.
• 3 yards waxed cotton or linen or other strong thread, or use waxed dental floss
• 1 tapestry or wool needle, size 16, 18, 20, or 22
• 8 to 10 sprigs dried rosemary or lavender, each 4 to 6 inches long
• Scissors


1. Thread the needle with 1 yard of single-strand thread. (Do not double or knot the thread.)

2. Cut the sheaths from the ends of two thick, or four or five thin, pine needles.

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