Pine Needle Baskets with Judith Thomas


Instructor: Judith Thomas

Date/Time: TBD

West County Fiber Arts
3787 Ross Road
Sebastopol, California

Tuition: $150
(includes all materials)

Maximum students: 15

Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket. (Read more below.)


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Explore the beauty and simplicity of this ancient form of basket making. Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket using the universal weaving technique of “coiling” — using a tapestry needle and waxed linen thread or raffia to bind the bundles of needles together as they spiral out and then up. Information about how to source materials including gathering, preparing, and preserving needles will be covered.

All materials are included.

We will have a potluck lunch, giving everyone time to socialize with the instructor and fellow students.

What to bring:

  • Something to share for the potluck lunch
  • Personal beverages and snacks
  • Layered clothing for variations in weather
  • Notebook and camera if desired

The instructor:

Judith Thomas was on the faculty of the East Bay Waldorf School for many years, as a class teacher and as the teacher of handwork. Currently she is a weaver, a bookbinder, and a basketmaker. She has taught pine needle baskets at the UC Botanical Garden, at the Waldorf School, and at the Richmond Art Center. As a grower of indigo, she is part of the Fibershed group of indigo growers and producers. She lives in Berkeley.

The location: 

West County Fiber Arts is the studio of felt artist Heidi Harris, on a beautiful 1-acre property in rural Sonoma County, California. Classes will take place both indoors and in the classroom tent in the garden.

If you are coming from out of town, overnight accommodations are plentiful in the vicinity — from nearby cottages and hotels to camping at the Russian River. See our Food & Lodging page for suggestions.