In the spring several large linbs came down off one of my digger pines and I harvested the needles. Also, around the same time, I made three sets of stoneware centers for pine baskets. And the other day the urge just struck me to make one.
I enjoy making pine needle baskets, but it’s one of the lowest pay-off activities (what you get versus the time you put into it) I know of. Nonetheless, here is the result.
I very much like the little rabbit. But the color combined with the dull tones of the pine needles really doesn’t do much for me. I thought about washing over the basket with thinned down acrylic. But I used artificial sinew to sew the basket and it is very waxy. So it’s likely that it would have repelled the paint – altogether not an experiment to do on a finished piece. So I livened the design up by adding the “nest” of pine needles and some stone dangles. After I took these photos, I painted small runes on some of the stones – runes whose meaning fits with the symbolism of rabbit.
All in all, not a highly successful piece, but at least I finished it!