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Vendor sells baskets made of pine needles during ‘Art Walk’

Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 9:52 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - In downtown, local vendors brought out their photographs, crafts, jewelry and other creations to display during the ‘Art Walk.’ The artists showed off their talents from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, setting up along the downtown street sidewalks.

Lillian Larsen, a vendor at the event, was selling a number of baskets she had woven out of pine needles. She said she first started making her creations back in 2004 and had a bit of inspiration.

“There was a reenactment going on at Rock Creek Station and this lady was making baskets out of pine needles,” Larsen said. “So, I ask her a lot of questions, purchase one of her baskets and then I went home and recreated it.”

Larsen added, the baskets took her anywhere from eight to more than 100 hours to craft depending on the size.

She said she was surprised how far one of her customers had traveled Saturday to purchase a couple of her baskets.

“I just had a lady that drove clear from Lincoln to buy a couple of baskets,” Larsen noted. “She said her sister had bought two or three from me and so, she’d seen me on Facebook and she drove clear from Lincoln today to purchase a basket.”

She said she hand collected the pine needles she used and had quite a lengthy process that went into creating each one.

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