Tuft the World

An Illustrated Manual to Tufting Gorgeous Rugs, Decor, and More

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Pub Date 16 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 16 Apr 2024
Chronicle Books, Princeton Architectural Press

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A visual how-to guide on the craft of tufting rugs, home decor, and more from the duo behind Tuft the World, the tufting company that has helped launch and educate a new generation of tufters.

Tuft the World is an easy-to-follow and beautifully illustrated guide to tufting, whether you’re creating your first project or are a seasoned tufter. Brought to you by the preeminent experts in the machine-tufting field, this detailed crafting guide shows you, through step-by-step instructions and 175 full-color photographs, how to create contemporary, stylish, and enjoyable machine-tufted rugs, clothes, and objects. Within these pages, you'll learn about:

  • Tufting machines, materials, and techniques
  • Workspace setup
  • How to create projects from start to finish, including everything from a bathmat, bedside rug, shawl collar, or chair slipcover to a picture frame, sculptural work of art, or stunning tufted cat tree!
  • Contemporary rug artists and their designs
  • The history of tufting and some of the women and men whose inventions brought the craft to life
  • And more

Unlike online videos about tufting, this book is a long-lasting reference showcasing the versatility and creativity of the craft by the experts—a highly accessible, thorough, and enriching guide. Included throughout are sidebars on the historical context for amateur and professional rug-making in America and spotlights on current tufting makers.

This much-needed companion introduces and expands knowledge for the many new and experienced tufters interested in the booming craft of machine-tufted rugs and decor. Inspiring and simple to follow, this book is sure to make a tufter out of anyone.

A visual how-to guide on the craft of tufting rugs, home decor, and more from the duo behind Tuft the World, the tufting company that has helped launch and educate a new generation of tufters.


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Tuft the World is a colorful very well illustrated tutorial and technique guide to tufting rugs and decor written and curated by Tiernan Alexander and Tim Eads. Due out 16th April 2024 from the Princeton Architectural Press, it's 208 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.

It's nice to see arts/crafts tutorial instruction books aimed at other things than drawing and painting. This one is well written and accessible and probably fine for beginners to advanced crafters. The introductory sections cover a bit of background, history, and a good overview on tools and supplies including selection, maintenance, technique, and safety. The authors also cover some color theory, design, and finishing. The book is beautifully photographed throughout in color.

The following chapters contain tutorials which build up progressively from simple to more advanced techniques and projects. Each tutorial includes tools and supplies in a bullet list along with both written and photographic tutorial instructions. Templates are not included in the physical book. Important alternatives and creative ideas are provided in highlighted text boxes in the tutorials.

The authors and publisher have also included some useful appendices including a glossary and bibliography links which are refreshingly international in scope. This is a well made book which would make a superlative choice for group artists' studio, makers' groups, school or public library acquisition, activity groups, and the artist's home studio. The authors are clearly accomplished artists and they write out their working processes well on the page.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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Tuft the World gave me so much insight into what tufting is. I grew up doing latch hooks, so this was intriguing.
The illustrations are beautiful, and the techniques and directions made me think this is something I can absolutely do.
If you can get this book in paperback or an e book that has a color option you'll enjoy this even more.
Thank you to Chronicle Books and Net Galley for a digital ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.

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Just picked up my first hobby of the new year, you'll hear from me when it won't come out as in these pictures after the first try.
The explanations are excellent, the pictures and the models set you in the right mood… I'm gonna make a rug!

Thanks to Chronicle Books and NetGalley, who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

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This book is really interesting and a great guide for Tufting. It has a good overview on tools and supplies including selection, maintenance, technique, and safety. It has information on color theory also an lots of unique projects.

Personally it's a little intimidating and scary lol.

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Tufting is something I’m really interested and this book was so useful in telling me what I need/techniques to get started! And the projects included are so cute and broken down for beginners! Definitely recommend to those interested in tufting.

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