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!
Dates:November 20-22, 2021
Hours: Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-5, Monday 10-2
Location: Melissa Monroe and Jesse Reno studio located in NE Portland, Oregon 97220
Contact: email email@example.com phone 503 484 6970
Cost: $550 Supply cost included to complete one 24" x 24" rug
Workshop limited to 10 students
All Oregon mask mandates will be followed, Jesse and Melissa are 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.
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.
I will be hosting you in my Portland, OR 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 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.
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 $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 October 19th $400 will be refunded, the deposit is $150
If you cancel after October 19st $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.
To make payments on the workshop you can contact me, I offer 3 payments spread over 3 months $185
Saturday 10-5 Learn about the materials, set up area, sketch design onto cloth, practice using the tufting tool. followed by open studio time
Sunday 10-5 open studio time
Monday 10-2 Finishing steps