Classes held in Artist’s Studio:

Pine Needle Coiling on Gourd

Toni shares her expertise with students in a class tailored to each student’s interest.  No prior experience is necessary. 
Choose from ten different coiling techniques.
$65 (all materials and lunch provided)
Held at Toni Best’s Studio in Visalia, CA
To register call  (559) 627-5430 or email

February 12, 2022
June 11, 2022
August 13, 2022

Here are three possible techniques students may learn:
1. Stitch Sampler
Student utilize three – four different stitches thus creating a sampler of stitches.

2. Floating Coils
Students create a piece of pine needle coiling on a gourd utilizing floating coils. Floating coils are ones which at some point do not touch the previous coil. After coiling at least three rows of pine needles on a prepared gourd, students start to add floating coils. This enables the coiler to use their imagination and whimsey while coiling.

3. Pine Needle Fascicle
Students learn to coil pine needles on a prepared gourd using the tips or fascicles to create either a vertical or swirling pattern. Students should be able to complete their pieces during the class or receive enough materials to finish their creations at home.

Classes held in other locations:

April 24, 2022
Baskets and Gourds Conference, Visalia CA

Coiling on a Manipulated Gourd

Dancing Ring

Spring Blossom

Spring Blossom