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Introduction to Tufting: Weekend Workshop

Full weekend workshops, where you complete the entire process start to finish, available upon request.

Students will learn how to use a tufting gun and create their own textile artwork, in the form of a mini rug or wall hanging (60x60cm), from start to finish.


Day 1: Gain an in depth understanding of the materials and the design process, as well as lots of time to practice and get comfortable handling a tufting gun. The morning will be spent learning about designing for tufting, planning and prepping. At the end of the first day students will have begun tufting their designs, ready to continue the following day.

Day 2: Spend the day completing the artwork and carrying out the appropriate finishing techniques, including the three stages of glueing and backing and fixing methods. All the materials needed will be provided and included in the price.

No experience necessary, suitable for all levels.

Min 3, max 6 students.

Contact to book.

About the venue:

Margate Design Collective is in the heart of Cliftonville in Margate, Kent. It is a 30 minute walk or 5 minute drive from Margate Train station and is directly oposite a bus stop which serves Thanet and Canterbury. There is limited street parking around. Trains to and from London are frequent and direct from Margate, taking as little as 90 minutes. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange a taxi pick up from the station. You have use of a fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster or there is an array of places on Northdown Road to get food and drinks.

“Ellen’s tufting workshop was amazing. I had no experience of tufting, but Ellen showed us all how to hold, thread, and use the tufting guns. With a couple of test goes and after feeling confident to use the gun, we drew out our pieces and started. Ellen is a fantastic teacher and even showed me how to do some hand tufting. I have recommended Ellen’s tufting workshop to all my friends and family.”

“I haven't had a weekend where I felt so engaged in so long. Ellen created a super lovely space which had the perfect balance of independent creativity & support.”

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