So here are pics of my " Cheery Red" pine needle basket with a pine bark center that I made myself from a tree in the front yard for the start.
Right now it measures 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" making it slightly oblong.
I have used the V stitch as I read that the fancier stitches make for a sturdier basket than the plain stitch does. I still find it slightly busy.
I will probably run out of the red since I am trying to use what supplies I already have, so I will probably trim it with black. (Bulldog basket? LOL) Anyway I am going for a bowl shape a bit larger than the other 2 baskets that I have already done.
Here are the pictures.