There are many ways I could describe the weaving that I do, but I am often talking to knitters, so I try to relate the similarities of this weaving:
with knitting. There are the visual similarities, like the section of soumak:
which has a surface appearance like stockinette: thee little v's of opposing rows. Soumak can be pictorial too, like intarsia:
But more than the visual, finger-manipulated weaving like soumak, knotted pile, pickup band weaving, and cardweaving has a similarity with knitting in that it is tactile, contemplative (once the process gets going), takes time, as in a few weeks or months to complete a project, not hours as in fabric weaving, and is less equipment-dependent than fabric weaving.
I had the experience once again, as I am sure many of us have, of a seatmate on a recent flight watching me knit for a few minutes and then commenting that she "did not have the patience for that". Now, I know my knitting style is a bit tortured (!), but really it's not something that requires patience. It is something that requires introversion, as in I am focusing on that which is right in front of me, not the bigger world swirling around (in fact, the ability to focus small and tune out the madding crowd may just be how I survive travel at all).
This weaving is similar. Focused, tactile, small, allowing for contemplation or listening to a book or music while I work. It just may be the slowest of weaving, and it also has some advantages in design: it is one of the few forms of weaving where the graphic image is very freeform, and allows for curves and color changes in a pointillist manner:
But aside from all of that: I love the process, I love doing it. Doing something you love does not require patience. Like the hours watching a child play:
Does Not Require Patience.