COASTAL BASKETRY AND BARRIER ISLAND ECOLOGY
Participants will use locally gathered marsh grass, mainly spartina or cordgrass, and other materials to create a coiled basket. The technique used is similar to that used to construct pine needle baskets which is a Native American basketry form. Students will receive a pre-made basket start which is an oyster shell surrounded by several rows of long leaf pine needles. Synthetic sinew and a #1 darning needle will be used to sew coils of spartina grass forming the oval basket.
The completed basket will be about 8”diam. x 6”diam. X 2” depth oval. Sizes are approximate and may vary according to the desires of the participant and the irregular shape of oyster shells.
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