Pine Needle Basket
Melanie Walter discovered the art of pine needle basketry in the 1990s after buying a property with over 100 long leaf pine trees. In 2001, Walter started Pine Garden Baskets, a business that sells pine needle baskets created with additional natural materials, such as hickory nuts and bamboo. In 2009, she won a Regional Artist Grant from the Cumberland County/Fayetteville Arts Council, and she is a recent winner of a merit award from the Buyers Market of American Craft. Her work can currently be found in over 35 galleries nationwide.