We’ve all done it. You know how it is. You look at something and it just begs you to buy it and take it home. We’ve done this with shoes, with jewelry, with pets, with gourmet treats, and yes, we’ve done it with crafting equipment and supplies.
Sometimes the impulse buy is as small as a hank of pretty embroidery thread. Sometimes it’s huge, like the floor loom you found at that garage sale. Sometimes it’s as practical as a small magnet to help you gather up pins that have dropped in your shag carpeting, and sometimes it’s as silly as a toy mascot for your kiln.
My biggest crafting impulse buy? Well, it was actually the kit that got me started with bobbin lace. I was leafing through an issue of Threads magazine, one day in the summer of 1990, when an ad at the back caught my eye. It said: Learn to make Bobbin Lace.
As luck would have it, I had just been reading a rather fascinating history on the rise of machine laces in the nineteenth century (yes, my reading tastes have always been a little on the obscure side, why do you ask?), so the idea of learning to make lace by hand struck me as the perfect combination of esoteric and mildly revolutionary.
My check went out with the next morning’s mail, and I’ve been tossing bobbins ever since.
So how about you? What was your best crafting impulse buy? Or your worst? Or simply your least explicable?