At Tuftlab, you may provide your own design. Like your favorite cartoon, album cover or a homemade artistic drawing. We would like to say: anything is possible! Still, we have some guidelines to make your visit a success. After all, it’s your first time and we want you to go home proud. Therefore, we have some rules and tips to help you.

It helps to see what other Tuftlab visitors are making. Click here for rugs from others – to get the expectations sharp about what is possible.

Available colors.

At Tuftlab, we use the colors below. Useful to consider in advance for your design.

Rules

1. Don’t go too complex.
2. No photorealistic designs
3. No thin protruding shapes.
4. No letters.
5. Make sure what you share is straight from the front.
6. We do not make copies of original art.

1. Don’t go too complex.

Remember: it’s your first time.

Don’t choose a complex design with tiny details, dozens of colors and sharp shapes. This will take even the most experienced tufter several days, not suitable for the one-day workshop. The most beautiful rugs shine through their simplicity. With few different but splashy colors and distinct large shapes.

2. No photorealistic designs

Unfortunately, we cannot help turn realistic pictures into a simplified cartoon. We do have a tip! Find a simplified cartoon-like design by googling terms such as vector or cartoon such as “cartoon cat” or “vector monstera leaf.”

In addition to tufting, finishing is also important, especially with complex edges such as thin tails or whiskers. When in doubt, share your design with us for advice.

Simple shapes such as square, rectangular or round rugs are recommended for beginners. An additional edge can reduce complexity. For example, a bald cat with a border is easier to finish than without. And even a cactus becomes a lot easier when the spines are not the edge of your carpet.

4. No letters.

Letters are not allowed because of the time it takes and the often illegible results. Exception: designs with only simple, large letters with no additional details. See examples below. Own image required, simply passing names is unfortunately not possible.

4. Make sure the perspective is straight ahead.

Send an illustration or photograph that is easy to draw after, preferably taken from the front, not at an angle or from the side. (We will sign it after as received!).

5. We do not make copies of original art within the tuft community.

We recognize the unique work of tufting artists who earn their income through platforms like Etsy. Copying of their designs during our workshops is not allowed out of respect for their creativity.

What if I don’t know it yet while booking?

No worries! You can book the workshop without sharing a design right away. You can still share your design with us up to 2 days in advance. That way we have enough time to give advice on whether it will work. (Though we’d rather have it sooner than 2 days in advance).

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