Rug Making Tufting Workshop  September 16th - 18th Cost $450 - Supplies $100

Rug Making Tufting Workshop September 16th - 18th Cost $450 - Supplies $100

Melissa Monroe Art
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Come learn the exciting new craft of machine tufting! Melissa will be teaching the fundamentals of tufting, proper technique, sourcing supplies and finishing options. By using a tufting machine you can quickly create rugs and wall hanging. The tufting machine is like a hand held sewing machine, using pressure against the cloth you will move the machine as the needle inserts the wool yarn in and out of the cloth creating your design. Melissa will share her intuitive process of designing by working to create imagery, color patterns, and texture within the work. She welcomes students who have a specific design in mind as well as students who are starting from a blank slate! 

Each student receives there own workspace with tufting machine and frame to use during the workshop.


EXAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK HERE and on instagram @tuftingworkshop


Dates: September 16-18th 2022

Hours: Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-2

Location: Melissa Monroe and Jesse Reno studio located in NE Portland, Oregon 97220

Contact: email phone 503 484 6970

Cost: $550 Supply cost included to complete one 24" x 24" rug - all tools provided

Workshop limited to 11 students

All Oregon mask mandates will be followed, Melissa is fully vaccinated

During the course you will have the opportunity to create at least one  2ft x 2ft  loop pile rug (if there is time to make more, additional supply costs will apply)

I will teach you how to complete each step in rug making with a loop pile tufting gun. You will have your own machine and tufting set up to use during the workshop.

After the course you will have all the info you need to complete rugs on your own.  I will have tufting guns  for sale at my studio.


Piece by Jennifer Lake during workshop 2021


I will be hosting you in my Portland, OR Studio.  It is a 1500sqft open room with beautiful light and high ceilings.


What is included in the course?

High quality 100% wool rug yarn, tufting material, backing material, glue, and everything else you need to make a rug will be supplied.  When you participate in this workshop you will have your own workspace including tufting frame,  tufting gun, glue gun, scissors and other tools.  The class supply fee provide you with enough materials to make approx.. a ft 2x 2ft rug.   If you get through the first rug you can pay $75 to make a second rug.

I will be sharing my process of choosing color and design. I do recommend you come with an idea of what you would like to make, subject matter or colors.  Unless you just want to go for it, like I do.  I mostly work with out a plan.  Just starting with a shape and building with color and lines.

I will also have some cut pile guns available for you to try and integrate into small areas of your rug.  We will mostly be using the loop pile gun, the cut pile gun is quite a bit louder, uses more yarn, dustier and in my opinion harder to use, however if this what you would like to use for your at home process you will have the knowledge you need to know to use this machine as well. I will also demo my more industrial air compressor tufting gun the ak-III.


Piece by Ann M. during 2021 workshop


Using a tufting gun does take some strength and you will need to stand and use some arm muscle to hold the gun up.  If you have concerns if you will be able to complete a rug I'd be happy to talk to you to see if it will be possible for you.

 Snacks and drinks will be provided through out the day.

There are 2 studio dogs that will be hanging with us during the workshop.

Workshop Cost $450

Supply Cost $100 (one rug) if time second rug $75

Sign up by purchasing the course on my site or email me for other payment options


If you cancel before August 16st $400 will be refunded, the deposit is $150

If you cancel after August 16st $75 supply fee will be refunded only, unless your spot is filled.

If I cancel the workshop a full refund will be given.

To make payments on the workshop you can contact me, I offer 3 payments spread over 3 months $185

Piece made by Sam L. during 2021 tufting workshop


Class schedule

Friday 10-5 Learn about the materials, set up area, sketch design onto cloth, practice using the tufting tool. followed by open studio time

Saturday 10-5 open studio time

Sunday 10-2 Finishing steps (this day is optional, you may finish at home with your own tools)



Piece by Hibiki Miyazaki