February 23, 2023
Beginner Rug Tufting Classes at our studio in the Bok Building, Philly!
We have classes on Saturdays and Thursday evenings.
In this hands-on instructional class, participants will learn to use tufting guns to create a rug or wall hanging. The class will cover the basics of setting up a tufting frame with stretched primary cloth and threading and operating tufting machines. Instructions for how to cut, glue, and finish a tufted piece will also be provided.**
Participants will work on rug tufting projects of their own design on a frame that can accommodate pieces 22 x 22 inches.
Frame, cloth, and yarn are included in the cost of the workshop (participants will take their work and frames home following the class). Tuft the World will provide tufting machines for use during the workshop, or participants may bring their own.
**Basic finishing guidance is provided during the workshop, should participants choose to finish their tufted rug at home. Finishing supplies (backing cloth, edging trim, adhesive, etc.) are not included as part of the workshop.
These rug tufting classes are meant for everyone - our tufting guns are perfect for beginners, or if you’ve already gotten a tufting gun and are now looking for how to tuft, we’ve got you covered! Space is limited to 20 participants.
Tuft On the Road: Classes at other locations taught by Tuft the World
Sometimes Tuft the World travels! We like visiting other cities, connecting with different fiber arts-related businesses, and offering classes in new places. Here’s where our Tuft On the Road classes come in. The class is the same as our Beginner Rug Tufting workshop in Philly.
Advanced Rug Tufting Classes in Philadelphia
While we have many beginner tufting classes, new this year, we are adding an advanced class! This is an in-depth, 2 day workshop intended for folks who already know how to tuft. Is this you? Come visit us!
In this intermediate workshop, participants will learn finishing techniques to expand their basic tufting skills. The combined 10-hour class will include comprehensive instruction in cutting, gluing, and binding tufted rugs. Participants will also receive instruction in using finishing tools (carving clippers and electric carving scissors) to add dimension to their finished rugs.
Day 1: Participants will spend the first day tufting their designs. Cut, loop, and AK-III machines will be available. Participants will also learn how to “carve-as-you-tuft” to highlight areas of their designs. The first day will conclude with participants gluing the back of their rug(s).
Day 2: Participants will complete any desired carving using the finishing tools, then remove their rugs from the frames to glue on the backing felt and binding trim.
Participants will work on projects of their own design on a frame that can accommodate pieces 22 x 22 inches. It is suggested that participants also bring one completed rug to glue and finish.
Primary cloth, backing felt, binding trim, yarn, and adhesive are included in the cost of the workshop. Tuft the World will provide tufting machines for use during the workshop, or participants may bring their own. Finishing tools will also be provided for use during the workshop.
Open Studio - Book time to Tuft with Us!
And finally, something new we are launching very soon, Open studios! This format will allow folks who already know how to tuft, but don’t have the ability to invest in the time or space that tufting requires. Pay a fee to access our space, use our tufting guns and frames, bring your own yarn, or buy some from us and get tufting!
Want to tuft but not ready to invest in all the tools required? Don’t have the space to work? Come work on your tufting projects at the Tuft the World Open Studio! We’ll provide access to everything you need to tuft:
Open Studio does NOT include any tufting instruction. Previous tufting experience is required. You must include proof of your ability to tuft when registering. If you need tufting instruction, consider signing up for one of our beginner tufting workshops!
Participants can bring or buy their own consumable materials. Tuft the World will have the following available for purchase during Open Studio, at a discount:
All projects must be taken home at the end of Open Studio.
Check back later to see when we make Open Studio time available!
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