From my Cottage Frog series, created especially for FrogCon 2022 in collaboration with my grandmother, each basket features an original, hand-drawn artwork of a different species of frog at leisure and cottage architecture from their native region. This basket depicts an edible frog in a pink ribboned mushroom cap and apron, returning from their garden with a basket of grubs on a windy day. Dirt path leads to a French cottage with thatched roof, smoking chimney and lush vegetation, including a large lavender plant growing beside it.
Basket is woven using blue, tan, green, and black cording, with an outer accent ring of black-dyed pine needles and various shades beadwork throughout. Pine needle heads emerge in a spiral from beneath the wooden disc. These baskets can be mounted on the wall for display or make a beautiful addition to an altar space.
- Outer — 7.5″ height x 9.25″ width x 2.00″ depth
- Inner — Container interior is 6.25″x8.5″ with 1.5″ bowl depth with 0.5″ raised wood slice in center, creating a 1-2″ wide channel around the interior
About Nanny’s Creations
Nanny’s Creations is a fiber arts and craft brand run for decades by my dear grandmother, Marion Soper, aka Nanny. She’s an expert knitter, coordinates social groups, and teaches pine needle basket weaving classes at community centers in The Villages, Florida. We began collaborating together when the pandemic put a halt on her regularly-booked craft shows, as a way to allow her to continue her craft without cluttering up her space with additional inventory. Then, we kept doing it, because it was fun. Labor note: Nanny is compensated for her work in a method she deems fit, either financially or through creation and supply of custom painted polymer clay faces, which she uses for her own products.
About the Materials
Made with needles from the longleaf pine, a pine species native to the Southeastern US. These needles were collected from in and around central and southern Florida. These pines grow very fast and very tall and have needles that are anywhere between 8-22 inches long. The baskets are each unique, woven by hand using waxed cording from Maine Threads in Lewiston, ME, and decorated with upcycled jewelry and beads. Each is coated with Minwax to protect and preserve the handiwork. Baskets can be hand washed in warm soapy water.