As much as I love palm trees, pineapples and all other things Hawaiian, there is another side to me-one that loves the forest and anything that recalls a 1950’s camping trip. Vintage picnic baskets and old thermos jugs, cozy plaid Pendleton shirts, rustic wood furniture, and anything with a pine cone motif. Over the past decade, I’ve collected a few pine cone treasures, like the art pottery, and clothespin bag above.
Recently, I struck gold with this wonderful barkcloth. It has a striking pine cone design and the most beautiful color combination of greens and brown. Additionally, it’s also the first pine cone barkcloth I’ve ever seen.
The piece I found was a long, but narrow remnant-about 5 feet in length by 10.5” wide, so I knew I’d have to make a small bag.
To compliment the barkcloth, I looked through my stash of supplies and found the perfect vintage plaid button and geometric print lining fabric. I’m really happy with this little bag!
And as it turns out, the tropical side of myself and the woodsy side of myself can live in harmony, because pineapples and pine cones have something in common.
Around 1220, an Italian mathematician named Leonardo of Pisa, or Fibonacci, as we all more commonly know him as, discovered a series of numbers that describe the spiral growth pattern of pine cones, pineapples, many flowers, sea shells and a host of other things too. I’d heard of Fibonacci and his number sequence before, but yesterday I did a bit of research into just how it applies to the pine cone.
A Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers beginning with 1, in which each number is the sum of the two previous numbers:
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc.
Drawn out on out on graph paper, and starting with 1 and counting up, the spiral starts to take shape…
For a more in-depth explanation, here is a great website-
It’s an extremely fascinating subject-for both sides of me!
Images sourced from the web.