Weaving Business

Have you ever dreamed of opening your own weaving business? If so, this is the place to learn from successful production weavers on how to market yourself, create a solid business strategy, and weave to sell.

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Wearing the Hats of Your Fiber Arts Business

As you can see here, Deb certainly wears a lot of hats. Photo by Deb Essen. Deb Essen Contributor, Weaving Today weavingtoday.com I love hats and have quite a collection. These are my “play” hats. I have hats for gardening (straw with wide brims), hats for hiking (cloth with wide brims), baseball hats for backpacking…

Mapping Out Your Fiber Arts Business Plan

Deb Essen Contributor, Weaving Today weavingtoday.com I love maps. Unlike a GPS that issues orders to turn left, turn right and leads me blindly to a destination; a physical map lets me explore different routes, discover interesting side trips, and dream of where a road will lead me. Maps let me make the decisions of…

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What Not to Do: or How to Fail at Business Without Really Trying

“I’m sure I’m not alone in someday dreaming of starting a fiber arts business, selling my handwovens as a way to use up yarn, make a little extra money, and then (if I’m completely honest) buy more yarn. Handwoven contributor and tech editor Lisa Hill also had the same idea, but things didn’t quite turn…

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Copyright 101 for Weavers

Copyright is a frequent topic in the weaving community. If a centuries-old weaving draft appears in a book, is it then owned by the author or publisher? Can you weave from a pattern in Handwoven and give the item as a gift? What about if you sell the item?  If you develop a weaving draft…

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Weaving Silk Brocade in Wuzhen, China

While researching silk production for the Winter 2011 issue of the SpinKnit eMag, editor Anne Merrow saw weavers creating silk brocade in Wuzhen, China. The brocade looms are operated by two master weavers, one who sits atop the loom and manipulates groups of heddles and another who site on the bench and passes the shuttles and…

Laura Fry – The Impatient Weaver

When people meet me for the first time and find out I’m a weaver quite often the response is “Oh, you’re a weaver!  You must be so patient!” This reaction always makes me squirm a bit because if there is one thing that I am not, it’s patient! I think people confuse being willing to…