Florida Pioneers learned this craft from the early Florida Indians who created coiled baskets using swamp grasses or pine needles stitched together with Sabal Palm fiber or animal sinew.
Using the bounty of Southern Long Leaf Pine needles found in our area, Florida pioneers created their own coiled baskets for practical household use. Bundles of pine needles were stitched together with cotton thread, much like the Seminole Indian baskets of today.
The stitches used to sew pine needle coils together are delicate and varied. Two of the most frequently used stitches are the two-pointed wheat stitch (see photo) and the three-pointed fern stitch.
In an effort to preserve the historic art of pine needle basketry, I have restored many antique baskets to their original condition.
See BEFORE AND AFTER below
RESTORED Sewing Basket circa 1918--(lid & sides had many broken pine needles)