Agate slices are one of my favorite ways to begin a pine needle basket. The agates are encased in resin and then holes are drilled into the resin so the stitching can begin. This striking blue agate was sewn with natural raffia, first with a wheat stitch, then a wrapped row, chain stitches and "v" stitches. Three small wrapped extensions add a dimension without detracting from the agate. This basket is more than 10" across and is available in my ETSY shop on the right. Please feel free to explore the entire shop for more pine needle work!