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Weaver Do you think weaving is something that people only did back in medieval times? Wrong! Weaving is a creative pursuit enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. Yep, weaver fever is a thing, and it’s made people hit the loom pretty hard of late. Some people weave just for fun, but some creative souls have managed to turn it into a full-blown career. And you could too. Weavers can use a manual (traditional) loom or a computerised one to create woven fabrics for practical use and decoration. Some weavers work in textile factories using mechanised looms, but many others build their own businesses in the craft weaving sector. These craft weavers tend to use traditional looms and, although harder to use, these looms are perfect for creating bespoke pieces and works of art. Thanks to trends in design and home décor moving towards woollen textiles, wall hangings and other handmade pieces over mass-produced soft furnishings, the art of weaving is enjoying a bit of a renaissance. This growing appreciation has led to an explosion in the number of people picking up looms and attending weaving workshops and courses. Most are learning the art as a hobby, but many have been able to create profitable small businesses out of their talent for rearranging wool into beautiful works of art. Having a creative streak, a good eye for colour and the patience to work towards a project that will take time to complete are all essential skills for anyone who wants to be a craft weaver. Marketing your work is also a huge part of making it as a modern weaver. Many weavers uses platforms like Etsy to sell their work; others sell to stores and boutiques, at markets or via their own website. The work of some weavers even ends up in art galleries.

Depending on your skill level and ability to market yourself to the world, weaving can be quite profitable. The realities of weaving may make you run in the opposite direction. With earning a good living from weaving being quite a tenuous prospect and many, many hours going into the creation of the works you need to sell, this is the type of career you’d only pursue for the sheer love of it. But thankfully it’s not all living hand-to-mouth and hunching over a loom into the wee hours of the morning. Some of the best parts of weaving as a business include having the flexibility to work from home or your own studio, the freedom to create whatever you want, and the joy of having the beautiful fruits of your labour hanging in galleries, homes and other spaces.

The lowdown

Education or qualifications: None. Experience required: Experience working a loom is needed. Training: Weaving courses are taught in community colleges and private schools all over the world. Restrictions: None.

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