Tuft the World: An Illustrated Manual to Tufting Gorgeous Rugs, Decor, and More

Princeton Architectural. Apr. 2024. 208p. ISBN 9781797224565. pap. $25.95. CRAFTS
Tufting is a traditional approach to rug making in which rugs are created using one needle at a time. This book by artists/business owners Alexander and Eads describes the variety of tufting machines one can use, which types of pile each device makes, and how they vary. The authors guide readers through the types of tools, materials, and techniques to employ. They show readers how to set up a tufting studio in their home, and they offer guidelines, patterns, and tips as well. The projects aren’t just for rugs; there are designs that range from making a shawl to tufting a cat tree. Readers who are more familiar with numbered, outlined patterns with pictures at every step may find parts of this book hard to follow, but it still includes 175 full-color photographs of the projects. Purple and blue information boxes are sprinkled throughout the book, providing great examples of the historical evolution of this art form. Overall, it’s a good and solid guide for readers wanting to try something different.
VERDICT This gorgeous, colorful manual for tufting rugs, decor, and wearable art is best suited for intermediate crafters.
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