Hi all! I’ve been spending most of my time at home watching crafts / maker videos and wanted to share what I’ve been interested in lately.
Behold… the tufting gun!
This implement is used for making rugs with yarn, in a faster way than the by-hand punch needle method. You stretch some substrate cloth over a frame, feed yarn into the gun, pull the trigger and go. With practice, you can produce results like this:
(Link to reddit post)
As far as I can tell, this is a fairly new tool? Or at least, it’s only recently gaining more popularity amongst hobbyists / consumers. I’m currently considering purchasing one for myself (and hoping to bring it in to show / share if others are interested in trying it out!)
These guns come into two variants, cut-pile and loop-pile. In a rug produced by a cut-pile gun, yarn extends upward in single strands. With a loop-pile gun, the yarn is looped back over instead of cut, and so is lower to the ground. Here is a comparison video for better visuals than I can explain!
If this looks interesting here is a video that talks about supplies needed / process:
And here is a video that shows the process of making a rug:
Hope this was interesting!