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One Day Tufting Workshop

Our regular, sell out, workshop at Margate Design Collective. Suitable for beginners.

Limited to 6 spaces, this hugely popular one day workshop will guide you through the creative process as well as teaching you the practical skills of how to safely and successfully use a tufting gun. These workshops are a fun and sociable way to try out a new craft and make your own bespoke tufted creation.


Students will learn the basics of how to use both loop and cut pile tufting guns, as well as different types of yarn and the other materials used in tufting. By the end of the workshop you will have created you own tufted textile artwork in the form of a mini rug or wall hanging (max size 65x65cm). With a maximum of 6 students, everyone gets plenty of help and specialist advice.


Ellen will contact participants prior to the

workshop to prepare their design ideas and to give them a colour chart from

which they can select the yarns they wish to use. Please look out for this email, check junk folders or get in touch with Ellen if you haven't been contacted within 2 weeks before the workshop.


Students can either take their piece away with them if they finish it or arrange for collection or delivery depending on what is most convenient. Most people finish some time between 3.30pm and 5.30pm depending on their speed and complexity of the design.


Tufting is a fairly physical craft! The guns weigh 1.4kg and require consistent pressure from both hands. You will be sat down and standing depending on which part of the frame you are working on. It is not advised for people with arthritis or back or shoulder injuries.

For neurodivergent, SEN or any other additional needs, please let Ellen know beforehand so she can make sure you are comfortable and the workshop is best suited for the individual.

When all 6 people are tufting at once it can get quite noisy! We have background music on throughout the day but you are welcome to bring headphones if this is more comfortable for you. If you have any other accessibility questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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 opposite 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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