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Regina Riley taught herself to coil pine needle baskets 21 years ago. Since then she has always had a needle and thread in her hands. Coiling is just another form of sewing. She encourages students to use other natural materials, which is another reason for her enjoyment of this form of basketry. She has taught in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri. Her latest interest in basketry is the Cherokee Double Wall style and the Oklahoma Cherokee Double Wall style. One of her first pine needle baskets is in the permanent collection at the Rountree Gallery in Platteville, Wisconsin.