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.
Dates: April 25th - 27th
Hours: Monday 10-5, Tuesday 10-5, Wednesday 10-2
Location: 8805 NE Glisan st - Melissa's Studio
Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 503 484 6970
Cost: $550 Supply cost included to complete one 24" x 24" rug - all tools provided
Workshop limited to 10 students
All Oregon mask mandates will be followed, I am 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.
What took me many hours of watching you tube videos, researching materials and making many mistakes will be shared with you. The great thing about this course is you will leave with a finished rug!
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 practice 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 2022 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 (coffee, tea, soda, waters, beers, wine) will be provided through out the day.
There are 2 studio dogs that will be hanging with us during the workshop.
Workshop Cost $475
Supply Cost $75 (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 April 1st $400 will be refunded, the deposit is $150
If you cancel after April 1st $100 supply fee will be refunded only, unless your spot is filled.
If I cancel the workshop, or if Covid does a full refund will be given or we will reschedule. In most cases if you are covid positive when the class is taking place, a refund will be given.
Piece made by Sam L. during 2021 tufting workshop
Monday 10-5 Learn about the materials, set up area, sketch design onto cloth, practice using the tufting tool. followed by open studio time
Tuesday 10-5 open studio time
Wednesday 10-2 Finishing steps (this day is optional, you may finish at home with your own tools)
Piece by Hibiki Miyazaki