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"COILED ART WITH PINE NEEDLES-REVISED EDITION" This book is for beginners as well as experienced coilers who want to learn more. It includes all the original Coiled Art text, including Basics for Beginners, the stitch glossary, lids, inserts, handles, loops, beading, shaping, everything. Booklet: $10.50 includes shipping. How to order.
"COILED ART WITH PINE NEEDLES AND RAFFIA" Covers everything from beginner to most advanced techniques. Very thorough and complete. Compilation of my original publications plus more. Many illustrations. Booklet: SOLD OUT - no longer available. Purchase "Revised" instead..
"BIRCH BARK QUILL BOX PRIMER" All the basics thoroughly explained, with illustrations and templates. Booklet: $6.50 includes shipping. How to order.
GORGEOUS BASKET JEWELRY: Gemstones in gold filled settings for your coiled baskets. Prices vary. How to order.
Iris Teneriffe Pattern: Explanation and diagrams for weaving the iris. How to order.
Illustrated coiling pattern: $4.00 includes shipping. How to order.
Lake Superior Agate Inserts - click for pricing. Agate photos and information.
COMING SOON: Basket Jewelry - click for pricing.
Reed and Coiled Basket Patterns: Various patterns for reed and coiled baskets. How to order.
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This information, including illustrations, and probably everything you will ever need to know about coiled basketry, is published in "Coiled Art with Pine Needles."
I tend to think mathematically, so this is how I understand shaping. First of all, a coil does not sit on top of another coil like 2 round logs sit on each other. The pine needle coil is not a rigid thing; it will shape itself to the coil beneath it. My little illustrations show this.
When I think of shaping, I perceive the needle as being the base line (bottom line) of a set of 2 perpendicular lines. The other line runs through the center of the coil to be attached. The red perpendiculars in the illustrations represent this relationship. Therefore, the angle of the needle will determine where the coil places relative to the previous coil.
I personally find it much easier to control my angle if I insert the needle from front to back of my basket. If, like me, you are one who likes to play with a variety of stitches, you will have to occasionally reverse the insertion to achieve a certain effect. This, however, is rare. It occurs when working the wheat stitch, if you want to alternate the direction of the "branch."
Coiling is not an exact discipline in the sense that mathematics is. People say, "Listen to your basket talk to you." This is true. It's doubtful you can achieve absolute perfection in shaping; however, you can control it more than it controls you. Concentrate on what direction you want a coil to go and how steep or shallow the angle. Then accept what you achieve in actuality. Don't cling to perfectionism, as it can defeat you so that you never complete an entire basket. I've seen this happen with my knitting students. Therefore, I always emphasize, "Effective fudging is a requirement for becoming a master of anything!"
I hope this has helped you.
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