MY PUBLICATIONS AND PRODUCTS
"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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When I began coiling pine needles back in 1999, I stitched them with raffia and continued to do so, exclusively, for the first three years. I bought a spool of artificial sinew for a birch bark quill box project I was working on. When that was completed, I still had a lot of sinew left, so decided to try it on a coiling project. Big mistake!
I quickly realized that simulated sinew is much easier to use than raffia--so much so that I haven't touched raffia since. I'm still partial to the look of raffia, but that partiality isn't enough to entice me back to the raffia. Well, maybe someday... well, maybe not.
In working my first imitation sinew basket, I used the sinew without thinning it. On subsequent baskets, I have split it down into fifths, to produce very fine stitches. In every way, I use it just like raffia, including all the various pierced stitches. I have also used it for teneriffe, and have found that it works quite well for that. I have split it into fifths for all aspects of teneriffe work: knotting around the wire, stringing spokes, and the weaving. Sample basket. Splitting it on the spool works fine. It's not necessary to cut a long length and then split it apart.
Simulated sinew is rather sticky, which can be annoying at times; it is, after all, waxed nylon. The advantages more than compensate for the annoyance. One can work forever with a single strand, as it can be cut to very long lengths, eliminating frequent add-ins. It never breaks when pulling a snug stitch, or piercing a previously worked stitch. It will occasionally pill a bit; snip the pill off (don't cut the strand, though).
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