Tufting has been blowing up on social media as creators produce and share their own unique textile designs, but did you know you can get involved in the creative craze right here in Manchester? T&T Studio is made up of a passionate and creative team of designers and manufacturers near Manchester’s Oxford Street who will help you turn wool into something wonderful.
Whether you want to make a rug or a bag, are a beginner or a pro, T&T Studio in Manchester offers tufting workshops to suit all designs and abilities. Tufting begins with a tufting gun, a handheld machine that shoots out tufts of yarn threads into a primary fabric from the back, creating a fluffy rug effect.
One of the founders of T&T Studio, Cassandra, comes from a small remote city in China, where the woollen industry is part of the backbone of the economy. She learned that most of the wool was used in rugs, which were factory-made and mass-produced in fixed patterns and styles.
Driven to make these “works of yarn” more creative and lively with additional use cases, this process has inspired Cassandra to turn working with yarn into a fun and entertaining workshop where people can learn to create unique handmade rugs for themselves or their loved ones. She started to use the wool from her hometown to make rugs with her own aesthetics and style, and thus, the tufting studio in Manchester began.
Customers can join one of T&T Studio’s tufting workshops where they’ll have the opportunity to design and create their own tufted items such as rugs, coasters, mirrors and tote bags. The studio supplies you with everything you need to get tufting like your board, fabric, yarn and tufting gun, all you simply need to do is bring yourself and your imagination.
At T&T Studio you can make a rug of any design you want and you can also send a photo of the pattern/image you want to make, and the team will draw and design it for you. For example, if you want to customise a carpet for your pet dog or cat, you can send its photo and they will help make it a reality. Plus, customers can directly buy T&T Studio’s already-created tufted items or submit their own designs which the arts and crafts studio will then create and ship to you.
Depending on what you fancy making, workshops vary in price and duration with a 3-hour mini rug workshop costing £58. You can book a tufting workshop at T&T Studio here.
Find T&T Studio at Unit 12, Floor 3, M One Studio, 8 Lower Ormond Street, M1 5QF.