These are the gifts I’d get for my child. Oh, a leather scrap, she’d say. And wire cutters. But I’d want her to always be unfinished, to know raw edges and tomorrow, and the possibilities in remnants and pieces of string. I’d want to tell her (but I wouldn’t, because that’s probably how you screw someone up) that I hope her ideas always consume her, at once feverish and specific, and that I hope there will always be more ideas than she can ever get to, and that, most of all, I’d hope for her to get lucky: that she knows what it means to really be terrible at something, that she’s never just good enough, and that it gives her room to find the thing that matters most.
These are the gifts that will wait for her to tinker and try. They’ll be here when she’s ready.
[From top: Leather scraps from Fusions by Stazio; Linen remnants from runningthreads; Hand felted merino wool on silk from della lana; Antique vintage net lace from Fagin's Daughter; Merino wool top for spinning or felting from LunabudKnits; Petrified wood "horse head" rock slice from weonafarm; Wire twisting tool from Minor Details; Fabric graph paper hemp/organic cotton from spin spin; West African indigo cotton fabric from The African Diaspora; Cyanotype photographic printing kit from floebee; Gunmetal chain necklace from MixnMatch; Three yards vintage pom pom fringe from Thoroughbred Threads; Aqua blue German glass glitter from luckygirlgoods; Lead-free powdered enamel from Ishy Enameling Supplies; Green felt squares from Lupin Handmade; Organic heirloom forrellenschluss romaine lettuce seeds from Kenyon Organics; Vintage woven wool Japanese kimono fabric from CreativelySupplied; Vintage drawing leads in wooden box from PeachyChicBoutique; 15 ft of faux suede cord from NatureBeads; 100 square mirror tiles from Judy's Mosaic Supplies; Chunky glass gems from GamiAndGlass]
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