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Rug Workshop, October 22-25th
Rug Workshop, October 22-25th
Rug Workshop, October 22-25th
Rug Workshop, October 22-25th
Rug Workshop, October 22-25th

Rug Workshop, October 22-25th

Melissa Monroe Art
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I am excited to offer my first rug making workshop this Fall!

Dates: October 22-25th 2021

Hours: Friday 10-3, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-5, Monday 10-2 (schedule below)

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

Contact: email phone 503 484 6970

Cost: $550 payment plans available

Workshop limited to 10 students

All CDC guidelines will be followed, Jesse and Melissa are fully vaccinated and masks will not be required if you are vaccinated. If you have questions or concerns please reach out for more info.


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.

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 and frames available for sale at my studio.



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

Here's a video of a painting workshops we hosted in the space.

What is included in the course?

High quality wool 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 (included in price) will provide you with enough yarn to make aprrox.. a ft 2x 2ft rug.   If you get through the first rug you can pay $120 to make a second rug.  Wool Yarn cost and other supplies are approx $25 a square foot.

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.  I will also demo my more industrial air compressor tufting gun the ak-III.


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 $400

Supply Cost $150 (one rug) second rug $125

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


If you cancel before October 1st $400 will be refunded, the deposit is $150

If you cancel after October 1st No refund will be given unless your spot is filled.

If I cancel the workshop, or if Covid does a full refund will be given.

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

Class schedule

Friday  10-3 Learn about the materials, set up area, sketch design onto cloth, practice using the tufting tool.

Saturday 10-5 open studio time

Sunday 10-5 open studio time and backing

Monday 10-2 Finishing steps