Rug Gun Tufting (short course)

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Why study this course?

This hands-on three-day course will give you a taste of rug making, and in particular, rug gun tufting. This technique of using a rug gun to make your own rug is much faster than hand tufting and brings its own rewards. You'll be able to explore your own design vision, whilst mastering the process and techniques involved in using a rug tufting gun.

More about this course

This course will introduce you to the design process of rug tufting so you'll be able to create your own piece with the techniques you have learnt. You'll learn how to select appropriate materials and refine your use of colour and composition within textile design.

You'll leave this three-day course with a better understanding and confidence in your abilities to design textiles, a new set of hands-on skills and a completed rug sample of your own design.


Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This course is suitable if you are either a beginner or already at an intermediate level and is designed for:

  • anyone who has an interest in rug making, textile design, colour and composition or interior products
  • those who want to learn about the tools associated with textile design and rug making
  • anyone who has an interest in making or crafting

This technique is hugely popular, very satisfying and fun, so all are welcome on the course.

Course structure

Lesson one

  • Introduction to rug tufting
  • Positive attributes of rug gun tufting
  • Practice session
  • In pairs, you will practise a series of techniques
  • One-on-one design critical session – we'll show examples and what to think about when designing

Following the first day and before the next session, you'll work on your final sample designs and how you want it to look overall.

Lesson two

In pairs, you will either rug tuft your design or have a design session with your tutor – you will then swap over.

Design sessions will cover:

  • different yarn types
  • windings
  • colour selection

This will then lead on to a session on how to evolve what you have learnt on this course and what your next steps should be.

Lesson three

  • You will be completing your rug samples
  • There will be a final group presentation, where you will discuss your outcomes and how best to proceed going forward

By the end of this course, you will have learnt to use the rug gun and learnt how to take an idea, develop it into a design and create an actual piece of work based on your concept. 

What our students say

"I really enjoyed the course and got everything that I wanted out of it. I left feeling excited to carry on with the tufting, filled with lots of ideas for further projects. Claire was a great tutor, thanks so much!"


Course dates

Course dates

16 April to 18 April 2020


23 May to 6 June 2020


Three consecutive days?


One day a week for three weeks

Day and time

Thursday to Friday,?11.30am to 5.30pm?


Saturday, 11.30am to 5.30pm?

Maximum class size 6
Contact hours 15


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included but you may wish to purchase your own yarn and sketchbook. In addition, please bring a selection of images with you –?drawings, paintings, photos, postcards, anything that you are visually drawn to. These images will be used to help you select your materials and inform?your design.

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

To book on to one of our short courses, click the apply button or visit our eShop.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.