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Contemporary Loops, Spills and Gemstones Pine Needle Basket

Pine Needle Coiled Baskets by Peg's Basketry Arnoldussen
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Painstakingly shaped basket spills its coils on one side, is bowl-shaped on the other. The opening is angled. The top loop, which resembles a handle in construction, is hung with a gemstone: a leopardskin jasper oval in a gold filled wire setting. Beads include garnets, tiger-eye, turquoise, blue goldstone, and a sodalite. Pattern is $4.50, but available for free (folded, no sheet protector) with purchase of set stone "basket-jewel." Coiling experience is highly recommended for this pattern, including figure eight starts. 5 inches tall, 5.75 inches long, 5 inches wide.

In this case I used an earthy colored gem. It was a hard choice between "earthy" and a colored stone, which would have provided a striking contrast.

I don't sell gemstone beads, but most craft stores do, and there are lots of them available on Ebay. They come strung, typically 15 or 36 inches on a necklace that you take apart.

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