Hand Weaver

Weave threads or patches into fabric articles to repair holes or tears.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$19,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hand Weavers do?

Weaves threads or patches into fabric articles to repair holes, tears, or worn places, using weavers’ hand needles: Cuts patch from seam or hem allowance of article, using scissors. Pins article to padded block. Reweaves defective area by either of following methods: Pulls lengthwise and crosswise threads from patch. Inserts ballpoint or latch needle some distance from edge of hole and interlaces it over and under threads of article running perpendicular to needle, across hole or worn area, and into fabric on opposite side, following original pattern. Inserts raveled thread in needle and pulls needle and thread through fabric, leaving thread ends projecting from fabric. Repeats interlacing of raveled threads until hole or worn area is filled. Pulls strands back and forth with fingers until woven part forms color or pattern design of article. Ravels threads from edge of hole and patch, leaving frayed appearance, and pins or bastes patch under hole so that pattern matches. Interlaces needle over and under threads of article perpendicular to needle. Inserts end of raveled patch thread and pulls needle and thread through fabric. Repeats process until loose ends around hole are rewoven into patch. Turns article over and repeats process to reweave thread ends of patch into fabric of article. Cuts off projecting thread ends and marks repaired area with thread to facilitate inspection. May press article, using steam iron or damp cloth and dry iron.

Should I be a Hand Weaver?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Repair Weaver, Section Weaver, Thread Weaver

    How to become a Hand Weaver

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