Right around 2:00 am the morning of the ACC show I was just taking the color samples I had woven out of the dryer. They were damp dry and. . . .OMG???. . . no..nonono. . .NONONONO!!! The samples that I had in my hands had all ravelled! The zig-zag stitching that I had had done had all come out! OMGOMGOMG!!!!! They were ruined! RUINED!!!!
I sat down at my dining table, put my hands to my face and let the tears come. I was exhausted! I had been working nonstop AND hadn't eaten properly in weeks, I hadn't slept in the last 36 hours. . . all to come to this. . . these rags I held in my hands. . . I finally had to admit defeat. I couldn't go on. I had gambled everything. . . everything. . . and lost. but wait. . .wait just a minute. . . was there a way? . . . there was always a way. . . what could I do?? . . .
So after a short meltdown, I set about figuring out what I could do to salvage the mess of threads I had in my hand. It had to look good, and I had to be able to do it in the next couple of hours, with what I had at my house. But, oh no! All my project materials are at my studio downtown!! I had a stapler and a roll of scotch tape and a kitchen shears. Out of my foggy mind came a vague memory. "I know. . .Hey!" I said, a bit blearily "Walgreens has a 24 hour store! They should have some glue and some decent scissors!" And off I trudged to my car. The 24 hour Walgreens was only 5.62 miles away.