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"Beginner Pine Needle Basket Making" with Karen McCarthy (April 18, 2024)


with Karen McCarthy

Thursday (1 to 4m)

April 18, 2024

Art League Academy
(106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC)

Join local pine needle basket maker Karen McCarthy for this exciting half-day workshop designed for beginners!

Students will make their very own small pine needle basket! This is a beginners class where participants will be given a kit which includes the base of a basket that has been started around a black walnut slice and then learn the basics of coiling, including the "simple basic stitch," how to change thread, and how to shape and finish the basket. 

In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials, all of which she will provide for you. Each student will receive a kit which will include a black walnut slice, 2oz of longleaf pine needles prepared with glycerin, waxed linen thread, 2 sewing needles, beeswax and written instructions.

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Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Join us for this exciting One-Day Pine-Needle Basket making workshop PERFECT for those of all levels, even those with ZERO experience!
Materials Included: Please bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials, plus the small list of materials below.
Requirements: PLEASE BRING:

$20 cash to pay the instructor for materials kit, which will be provided for you. (Materials kit will include a black walnut slice, 2 oz longleaf needles prepared in glycerin, waxed linen thread, 2 sewing needles, beeswax and written instructions

In addition to the cash, please bring the following:

A Small pair of sharp scissors

A White towel or pillowcase to cover your work area and wrap unused pine needles

An Apron if desired to catch pine needle remnants and to keep your clothes clean

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Instructor: Karen McCarthy
Instructor Bio:

KAREN MCCARTHY is a natural fiber artist from Bluffton, SC, who has found her true passion designing and creating pine needle baskets. She uses traditional Native American coiling and weaving techniques to create one-of-a-kind baskets that are embellished with beads and unique findings. Pine needle basketry resonates with Karen's love of the outdoors and she enjoys spending time gathering and preparing pine needles that are indigenous to South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. She has studied pine needle basketry from some of the most highly acclaimed and talented creators of this art form, including Nadine Spier (San Diego, CA) and Clay Burnette (Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts) and she has been creating baskets for the past 8 years. Her interactions with these artists have challenged her to push the boundaries of this art form. Her work is currently displayed in two local galleries - Beaufort Art Association and Hilton Head Art League.

One of Karen's passions is teaching pine needle basketry. She recently retired from a 30-year career teaching high school and college mathematics, which included being a founding member and teacher at the prestigious Cortines Visual and Performing Arts School in Los Angeles. Her unique teaching style allows her to motivate and inspire students of all levels. Karen finds it very exciting and rewarding to share this art form with her students and to see their enthusiasm as they progress and create beautiful pieces of their own.
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