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First Tufted Rug VS Latest

When I started my tufting journey, I made a couple of small rugs and wondered, "did I make a $300+ mistake?". I mean, it seemed so simple, yet the results were not to my liking. I thought that maybe this wasn't going to be for me. But I'm a person who doesn't give up when it comes to doing creative work. So I kept tufting and after 6 months my work has improved significantly.

When I began, I decided to pick an image that was very simple because having a detailed image would probably make it a lot harder for me. Even though the design was simple enough, I still had some mistakes and complications that happened during the process.

I realized I made one of those mistakes once I was done tufting. And that mistake is now my favorite tip to give to everyone who is a beginner, FLIP YOUR IMAGE! I was too concentrated on trying to make everything work that I forgot the most important part of the process.

Another mistake made was not knowing how to space my lines. There are parts in the rugs where the lines have a wide gap between them and in other parts the lines overlap. There are also areas of the rug that I forgot to tuft.

I added a nonslip backing cloth to my rugs but did not fully cover the whole shape, therefore there are many areas that are raised and the back appears wrinkled as a result.

Overall, you can tell that a beginner did these rugs and that it's OK since that is what I was, a beginner. It is at this point that I decided to keep working and improving in making these rugs. And I am so glad I did because now I can create more intricate designs.

One thing I did to improve my rugs was to buy fabric scissors and a cordless trimmer. The cordless trimmer significantly cuts the amount of time it takes me to detail the rug. For parts of the rug that are too small for the trimmer, I use fabric scissors.

Other improvements that were made were to the back side of the rugs. I was making sure that the whole rug was covered with glue before placing the nonslip backing cloth, and also used twill tape to hide the edges of the tufting cloth.

The last thing I did to make my rug look superb was to add a tag with my logo on the backside. This made the rug stand out and also gave it a more polished look.

Having new tools and adding things helped me improve the quality of my tufted rugs. But the thing that helped me improve quality the most was practice, hours upon hours of practice. Practice creates experience. And with experience, you can make better choices that will lead to faster, better-looking rugs. You can have the best tools in the world but without experience, you will not know how to use them efficiently.

Just remember that no matter where you are right now, if you keep working on your craft, you'll be better tomorrow.


I've enjoyed tufting, and I am positive that anyone willing to try it will too. If you have not yet purchased your equipment, check out my gear page to see the tools I use to create my hand-tufted rugs.

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