Summer Tufting Workshop Series: Beginner

Guidance by Katharina SpitzDates: July 25, 26, 27 & 28Time: 10.30 AM – 4.30 PMMaterials & vegan lunch includedLanguage: EnglishLevel: beginner


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Did you ever wonder how rugs are made? In this tufting workshop you will learn the basics of rug making with the manual punch-needle technique. First, we will be learning the basic technique and discover the multiple ways in which tufting can be implemented in textiles. We will experiment with different yarns, punch needles, lengths and colors to discover various possibilities of creating structure, surface and image with tufting. In the end each of us will create and tuft a textile artwork, rug, wallhanging, doormat or picture? That’s up to you. At the end of the workshop you will have learned basic tufting skills and have made a work of your own. Now you will be able to apply this technique independently!

In this workshop all materials and tools are included.

Day oneIntroduction > into tufting as a technique & how it’s usedIntroduction > into materials necessary and timetable of the workshopExperiment > step one: putting cloth on frame, than participants try different yarns/lengths/colours/sidesDaily recap > we reflect on happenings/insights/frustrations of the dayDay twoIntroduction > into what is going to happentodayExperiment > continuingRecap Experiment > we share our experiments and  ndings and show each other what we did.Starting the first real tufted piece.Step one > thinking of ideas/techniques/size/ motive/yarns/colour and sketching of it on paperDaily recap > we share our ideas and sketchesDay ThreeEither:Continueing step one > thinking of ideas/ techniques/size/motive/yarns/colour and sket- ching of it on paperOr:Start with step two [individually when ready] > sketching design on cloth and start tuftingeventually recap design, when everyone is ready to start with the originalThen start with step two[everyone] > sketching design on cloth and start tuftingDaily recap > we share our process, learnings and diffucultiesDay four:Introduction > into what is going to happen todayContinue tufting[when first person is ready]Introduction > into how to take a tufted piece of a frame and how to finish a tufted piece [Latex, edges…]During the afternoon everybody shoud come to an end and stark  nishing/latexing/unframing the tufted piece.The pieces will need to dry for approx. 24hrs, before taking them recap > we share the results, experiences, highs and lows of this  rst tufting experience.About KatharinaKatharina is a fashion designer and dressmaker based in Amsterdam. After her apprenticeship as a couture dressmaker in Germany and working at the Dutch National Opera her work developed into a more artistic direction. She studied at Universität der Künste in Berlin, where she also had a junior teaching position for two years, before returning to Amsterdam. There she founded her fashion design studio Katharina Spitz. Her designs, performances and dressmaking try to open up new perspectives and ways of being in a world that is suffering from pollution, misogyny and alienation. Crafting is for her a critical tool. She has a great passion for hour long handiwork – and for sharing the technical knowledge she gained throughout her years within the crafting industry.


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