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Charlene Ciammaichella


I have been weaving baskets for over 30 years and teaching classes for the last 18 years.  I began weaving with reed and love playing with color placement to get many different and interesting patterns. A few years ago I became interested in the art of lapidary after taking a class in coiling with pine needles using a cabochon center.  After visiting our local Lapidary Club, I began collecting, cutting, grinding and polishing my own rocks into cabochons. These cabochons are then wire wrapped or sliver smithed into beautiful sterling silver pendants, rings, or bracelets.


Many of the cabochons are used as centers for my coiled pine needle baskets. I gather my pine needles in Venice Florida, many times while bike riding!. The needles are cleaned and soaked in a glycerin bath to make them more pliable. They are then stitched and coiled into beautiful baskets or wall hangings using colorful threads and beads.


I teach many weaving classes at home, at group gatherings, and many weaving conventions.  I love teaching and passing down the weaving techniques to all.

“Any day weaving is a good day”

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