Pine Needle Baskets
Twenty years ago, an old woman by the name of Mrs. Mable Means changed Mary’s life when Mrs. Means taught Mary to basket weave with pine needles. After Mrs. Means’ death, Mary began making her own designs. She weaves together pine straw with raffia or thread using a large needle. Her hats take about five days to create while small pine needle baskets take about three days, depending on their size.
Besides hats and small baskets, Mary makes many other pine needle items. She has done place mats, picture frames, letter holders, doll beds, pendants, and different designs of baskets.
Mary enjoys teaching others how to weave baskets and attending arts and crafts shows. A true reward is when she receives awards and plaques for her basket weaving.
Her work is available at the Montgomery Art Gallery, at the Rural Art Center in Thomaston, Greene County Black Roots Arts, and the Red Rain Organic Store in Birmingham.