Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site will host a basket-making workshop this weekend. Town Creek Indian Mound will host “A Stitch in Pine: Pine Needle Weaving Workshop” on Sun., May 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to learn the coiling technique used to make pine needle baskets, the supplies and skill necessary for success, and be able take supplies home to complete their baskets.
Pre-Columbian American Indians in the southeast were among the first people to create coiled basketry. These baskets were used for storage and gathering as well as for cooking. Natives also made hats, shoes, baby cradles and toys using the coiled basket form.
Pine needles are used in making coiled baskets in several regions of the United States, with local species of pine being used in each region if it is suitable.
“Longleaf Pine grows throughout the South,” says Historic Interpreter Karen Bowles, “and produces long needles that would have provided a great material for American Indians in the Southeast to create these beautiful coiled baskets.”
The workshop is appropriate for ages 13 and up. The $20 fee includes project materials. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required by the end of the day May 6. Registration is available from the site at 910-439-6802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.