An Illustrated Manual to Tufting Gorgeous Rugs, Decor, and More
Tuft the World is an easy-to-follow and beautifully illustrated guide to tufting, whether you’re creating your first project or are a seasoned tufter. Brought to you by the preeminent experts in the machine-tufting field, this detailed crafting guide shows you, through step-by-step
instructions and 175 full-color photographs, how to create contemporary, stylish, and enjoyable machine-tufted rugs, clothes, and objects. Within these pages, you'll learn about:
- Tufting machines, materials, and techniques
- Workspace setup
- How to create projects from start to finish, including everything from a bathmat, bedside rug, shawl collar, or chair slipcover to a picture frame, sculptural work of art, or stunning tufted cat tree!
- Contemporary rug artists and their designs
- The history of tufting and some of the women and men whose inventions brought the craft to life
- And more
Unlike online videos about tufting, this book is a long-lasting reference showcasing the versatility and creativity of the craft by the experts—a highly accessible, thorough, and enriching guide. Included throughout are sidebars on the historical context for amateur and professional rug-making in America and spotlights on current tufting makers.
This much-needed companion introduces and expands knowledge for the many new and experienced tufters interested in the booming craft of machine-tufted rugs and decor. Inspiring and simple to follow, this book is sure to make a tufter out of anyone.
Tiernan Alexander and Tim Eads are Texas-born artists and business owners living and working in West Philadelphia. In 2018 they started Tuft the World, which provides tufters the high-quality tools, materials, and instruction they need to make their own incredible projects. They have led tufting workshops across North America and collaborated with industry leaders in rug design and carpet manufacturing. Alexander holds an MA from the prestigious Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and an MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Along with being a gifted tufter, Eads is a master printer and holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
A wonderfully written book that weaves together the history of rugs, fun facts, great instruction--and filled with gorgeous full-color photos.
— Christina Roberts, Director of Education, Fabric Workshop and Museum
Not only is Tim Eads one of the most respected and knowledgeable artists in his field, but he's one of the best teachers as well. I know this from firsthand experience watching him share his love of tufting to students as a visiting teacher in my studio. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning tufting or expanding their knowledge."
— Arounna Khounnoraj, artist, author, and co-founder of bookhou
An informative and rich compendium of all things tufting, heavy on examples with great
— Nami Yamamoto, Director of Studio Operations, Fabric Workshop and Museum