Pine Needle Creations by Sheri Smith

55819 King Rd. E McKenzie Bridge OR 97413 US



Pine Needle Creations by Sheri


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Ashland workshop

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM Comments comments (2)
  "Eye Like It"
That is the name I am calling the Ashland workshop. The women were all so great and full of creative energy.
As I always do, I tell my students that the class is not about having a "perfect" basket.
 Right before I took this picture I was showing a student that if you hold your basket away from you and not look too closely at it, you see all the beauty in it and not the imperfections. So as I was about to take the photo she  said lets hold the baskets up to our eyes and say "don't look too close". The setting of this workshop overlooks Ashland in a bright and cheery
studio. We had a great time and I can't wait to do it again!
Eye like it!

Ashland Workshop March 9

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 8:59 PM Comments comments (0)
Ashland workshop March 9 has 3 people so far who have paid their $30 deposit, and a few more who have said they want to come.
 I am looking forward to the class. Each time I share my  skills with others it renews my excitement for my art. I love it!
Also looking forward to spending time with two of my high school girlfriends.
Pictures of my last workshop can be seen on my web page

Pine Needle basket class

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM Comments comments (1)
My basket classes this past weekend were great fun, and my students made beautiful pine needle creations. Take a look, amazing for first time basket weavers!
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Pine needle basket handbook in the works

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)
    Every time I teach a pine needle basket class I revise the written instructions I hand out to the students. They are included in the cost of the workshop. I also share  my favorite pine needle basket books, the ones I learned from.
The written instruction has been revised at least a dozen times.  My workshops are hands on, and the written material seems to not be used during class time, but to be taken home for further projects.
The thought of publishing a handbook has crossed my mind many times and today I decided I will
begin this process.
   I will keep you posted on my progress.
   As I  said in my last post, the description "Pine Needle Basketry" does not seem to describe with the feeling I have for what I do. Any new suggestions?
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Pine Needle basket handbook in the works

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM Comments comments (4)
 Every time I teach a pine needle basket workshop I hand out a pamphlet of  instructions so my students can make a new basket without me...
My classes are hands on so the instructions are not directly referred to in class.
I learned from my favorite pine needle basket books, which I always share with the class.
 Through the years my instructions have been revised  at least a dozen times as I develop my own techniques.
Today  with the help of my husband I have decided to begin a book, passing on my techniques.
Now that I have put this on my web page I am bound to make this happen. Watch for my progress!
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What is in a name "Pine Needle Basket?"

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM Comments comments (1)
   I recently was telling a potential basket student that I had an upcoming pine needle basket workshop. She was not interested until I pulled out the example of the basket we would be making. She is now scheduled for the Belknap Springs workshop.
After registering she told me that without the example, the name" pine needle basketry" did not bring up a connection with her. She has since viewed my web page and said my work touches her.
Your Heart Is MineHow do I describe what I do without it sounding bland. I put my soul and myself into what I do and am searching for words to describe it.

Teaching a pine needle basket class where it all began "Belknap Hot Springs"

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 10:13 PM Comments comments (9)
As I wrote before, I started weaving when I lived at Belknap Hot Springs. My sister in law, Shelley Smith had started a pine needle basket and showed me how to weave a pattern on a wire ring and how to add pine needles. The rest I learned from books and lot of practice.
Now I will be teaching a class at the Lodge at Belknap Hot Springs, where it all began.
Life for me has come full circle, and so it seems right that this process of starting a basket will start with a round wire ring.
The class is on February 10th  9-5
$65 includes all materials to complete a basket that will take you on a journey. For me a journey that has gone on for almost 30 years. A journey that has included hot springs water, the love of the outdoors and connecting with people to inspire me and whom I hope to inspire!
Hope to see you there. To register email me at [email protected]
Bring a bathing suit. Our favorite line when we lived at Belknap Hot Springs was,"always in hot water"

Life comes full circle at Belknap Hot Springs

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM Comments comments (4)
IMG 4174Life comes full circle.
I have some of my pine needle creations on display at "Belknap Springs Resort" . 
 My basket weaving started when I lived across the river from the resort. It was a magical time of life to have your own private hot springs pool right out your front door. I would start the day  with a cup of coffee in hand, outside in hot water.
This was before my children were born and life was simple, plenty of time for my creative juices to flow.
Well life has had many changes since 1980. Although I still only live a few miles from Belknap Springs in a secluded place, I no longer have a private hot springs pool in my front yard.
I now again have plenty of time to weave. After working at "Holiday Farm Resort" for more that 10 years, it burnt to the ground this past April. I lost all of my weaving s in that fire, and a large part of my life . Well with loss comes gain.... I now have more time to make pine needle creations and to teach others how to as well!
If you get to Belknap Springs Resort to take a soak check out my work and walk across the bridge down stream to see where my basket roots began.

February 2013 basket workshop

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM Comments comments (0)
   I will be teaching my next workshop at "The Eugene Textile Center", on February 9th from 10 -5. The cost is $65 which includes all materials to create a beautiful basket like the one below. For more information, go to my web page and check out the workshop page.
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New Inspiration

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)
   On a  recent day when the sky was filled with clouds and the leaves were blowing in the wind, I spent the day shopping with a friend in a small artsy town. We were in the parking lot of a converted church turned into an art gallery when I spotted some amazing reddish type pine needles or some sort of plant matter under foot. They are only about four inches long, but of course I had to pick them up and take them home for a new weaving project.
After seeing many shops decorating for the holidays, I had the inspiration of starting a line of table decor.
So many ideas, so little time.
Happy weaving!!!