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I Took Up a Craft for My Grandmother Who Couldn’t

She was unable to learn to sew due to colorism, so I began to create in her honor

Illustration: Dani Pendergast

TThe crooked stitches ride across the fabric, their wavering lines like rivers on a map. My hands hold the material steady, but I still can’t seem to master straight lines just yet. Practice, I tell myself. Practice and patience, which is funny…




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Del Sandeen

Del Sandeen

Writer. Fiction and non-fiction. Family, coffee, books — in whatever order. www.delsandeen.com

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