Something I learned last winter: how to make a pine needle basket with a stone middle. I am not at liberty to share the photos of the ones other people made that were so inspiring and beautiful to me, but here is a photo of the one I made as a gift to the mom of my oldest three grandkids:

Pine Needle Basket with Walnut Shell Handles

Tabby's Gift 2016

I won’t include a photo of my first basket because I will never again make an over-the-top handle. It was such a pain and looked messy at the finish point. But it was my learning basket. I will keep it so I know what NOT to do. Expect to at least start another basket this winter when I get back to Arizona and the Rock and Gem club.