Demonstrate the art of weaving.
What does a Weaving Instructor do?
There’s a fine line between Artists and Artisans: While the former use their imagination to make things that are functionally beautiful, the latter use their hands to make things that are beautifully functional. A Weaving Instructor is both, as it’s his or her job to teach people how to create woven crafts that are at once artistic and artisanal.
As a Weaving Instructor, you’re employed by colleges, vocational schools, community centers, and private weaving schools, including yarn, fabric, and sewing stores that offer weaving classes and workshops to their customers. There, you’re an Art Teacher who specializes in weaving, spinning, and fiber arts.
Just like other Teachers in other disciplines, your responsibilities as a Weaving Instructor include preparing lesson plans, creating handouts, and setting up and cleaning up the classroom. You also advise and evaluate students, assign and grade student work, and teach courses, which involves a combination of lecture, instruction, and demonstration.
You’re not teaching math, science, or English, however. Instead, you’re teaching beginning- and advanced-level courses in weaving techniques, patterns, and styles. The results are not only cerebral knowledge – for example, how to choose yarn and use a loom – but also actual, tangible objects, like scarves, belts, window coverings, handbags, wall hangings, blankets, rugs, and dish towels, not to mention cloth that can be turned into anything from pants and dresses to shirts and coats.
Weaving – the interlacing of two or more threads to create fabric – is thousands of years old. Even in a high-tech world that’s all about the future, therefore, you’re someone who’s dedicated to continuing traditions from the past.