The stoplap is a Dutch term for the ‘darning sampler’, which young girls (between 12 and 15 years old) created in order to practice a variety of needlework techniques and darning stitches. The stoplap was common between the 17th and 20th century, and functioned as a way to teach women, especially orphans, a trade that would allow them to earn money independently. The very nature of the stoplap, as a space for both precision and imperfection, is at the heart of this project. Patches that were stitched too far to the left; patches that didn’t quite fit; patches that were never finished at all. These pieces of handwork and their symbolism—embodying perfection and imperfection simultaneously—can be extended beyond their historical moment to a current generation of girls in Amsterdam. The central elements of this project are long pieces of fabric which are printed with a graphic pattern inspired by old darning samplers—comprised of gaps and holes, a contemporary translation of a stoplap. Over the course of a series of working sessions at New Metropolis in Nieuw-West, teenage girls from the neighborhood were asked to restore the incomplete prints. The conversations between the girls were recorded as a sound document. The installation consisted of six large collaborative patches, the documented conversations and original darning samplers.