I have come to weaving late in life. Currently I am sneaking up on 57 years old this June and started seriously weaving a little over 3 years ago. It should be known I did have a leg up by being no stranger to working with fiber and textiles. Some of the crafts I do are knitting, crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, kumihimo, and sewing. String has been a big part of my life since I was a teenager. Weaving was new to me.
Weaving is a craft that anyone can start at anytime, at any age. Your success depends on the amount of time you are willing to dedicate to it. There is no right or wrong amount of time. What you choose depends on what you want to get out of the weaving. Are you doing it for fun? Are you doing it for a purpose? Gifts? Personal use? Or, do you wish to try to make a living or pocket money from the sale of the items you make? What your motivation is to produce textiles is your own.
I myself like to make things with my hands. I like to try new techniques, learn new things, and to work with color and texture. Fiber arts has allowed me access to a whole world of design. At some point there comes a time when you realize there are only so many yards of fabric you can use yourself. You begin to think “I wonder if I someone else would like my work?”. That is when the game changes from being loose and free with quality, and trying to make the best product of the highest quality you can. Higher quality demands higher prices and brings a different audience to your table.
To achieve an increase in your quality and skills you start to read books, take classes, and attend juried craft shows to see how others are doing what you do. You then come home, sit behind your loom, and practice, practice, practice. Little by little your tension is better, your edges are neater, your width is consistent, and someone says “Hey! Can I buy that?”. The feeling that your work is appreciated and wanted encourages you to move on. In the end you find the old adage IS true that “Practice Makes Perfect”.