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Encouragement for the Weaver
June 15, 2008
You can use just about any pliable material to weave baskets. Here, I’ve folded strips of funny papers for a colorful low-cost, recycled-materials vessel. This basket appears in my book Time to Weave where I’ve given instructions on how to weave plaited baskets.
As creators, I think we sometimes get stymied by fear: we’re not good enough, we think we don’t have any ideas, we don’t know if our designs will work… I want to encourage you to just keep going, try to push self-doubt away. The only way to improve and get to the place you want to go is to keep working. I try to keep this Maslow quote in mind when I feel uncertain.
“If you are afraid of making (a) crazy mistake, then you’ll never get any of the bright ideas either.”