Knot Your Average Workshop: Introduction to Rug Tufting

Sunday, February 4, 2024 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
Event Age Requirements: 

18+ and minors 13+ with Guardian Supervision

Legal Guardian must be present and a waiver must be signed on behalf of the minor.

Discover the artistry of rug tufting, a creative process where participants will sketch a pattern on a cloth, then use a tufting gun to inject the yarn into the cloth. 

In this engaging workshop, participants will delve into the hands-on experience of tufting their own unique designs. The process begins with sketching a pattern on a cloth, followed by using a tufting gun to intricately inject yarn into the fabric canvas. Each participant will be assigned the use of tufting gun and frame, all materials will be provided to create a rug approximately 20" x24". Over the two sessions participants will create a carpet of their own design which they can take home.
What to Expect:
In this two-session workshop, the bulk of the creative journey unfolds in the first session. Participants will explore the fascinating world of rug tufting, with each attendee provided with the necessary tools, including a tufting gun and frame. With expert guidance, you'll bring your vision to life, creating a stunning rug approximately 20" x 24".
Workshop Highlights:
- Session 1: Sketch and Tuft Kick-off: Begin the immersive experience by sketching your design on the cloth canvas. Learn the basics of tufting as you inject vibrant yarn into the fabric with your assigned tufting gun and frame.
- Session 2: Finishing Flourish: This session is dedicated to final touches and completion. Participants will have the opportunity to finish up any remaining details on their rug. Expert guidance will be available to ensure every rug is a joy to behold.
Skills Learned:
- Sketching rug designs on cloth
- Operating a tufting gun with precision
- Weaving techniques for texture and color variety
Who Should Take This Class:
This workshop welcomes both beginners and those with some experience eager to explore the art of rug tufting and bring their designs to life.
What's Provided:
- All necessary materials for rug tufting, including yarn and fabric canvas.
- Expert guidance and assistance throughout both sessions.
- Tufting gun and frame assigned for individual use.

PLEASE NOTE: This class has 2 sessions: Sunday 10am-4:30pm, and then Wednesday 6-7:30pm to complete the rug.

The finished result looks like this:



Ticket Prices:

General Public: $188
Partnerships: $169
MakeHaven members: $160

Note: Please be aware that MakeHaven is located in New Haven, CT.

Real name: 
Lila Khan


Instructor Bio: 

I participated in the first year of MakeHaven Foundations of Fabrication course. I work as a designer and I like to make things. I believe that representation matters.


MakeHaven Main Space

The main makerspace and connected shops. This is located at 770 Chapel Street. Registered participants should ring the MakeHaven labeled doorbell. They will be directed down a long hallway, and down a set of stairs to our basement workshop.

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Our facilities undergo periodic reviews to maximize ADA compliance. We offer accessible bathrooms, elevators, and wide walkways. In tool usage, we aim for universal access and work individually to adapt tools for safe usage as necessary. If you anticipate needing an adaptation to participate in this event or have further questions, please contact us at