Tufting-Gun Tapestry with Felt and Embroidery
Learn to use a range of techniques to bring to life original designs filled with volume and texture
Tapestry is an ancestral technique that never ceases to grow and evolve. If you want to immerse yourself in this world, there’s no one better to guide you than Alex Rocca, designer, textile artist, and two-time finalist of the Casa Vogue Design Award who has participated in major art fairs such as MADE and SP-Arte.
In this online course, learn to use tufting, felting, and freehand embroidery to create textured artworks. Alex teaches you the foundations of these three techniques and how to combine them to create a bespoke piece, from the initial sketch to the finishing touches.
Meet your teacher, Alex Rocca. He talks about his journey in the world of tapestry and shares his most defining works, as well as the artists that inspire him.
Begin by taking a look at the materials Alex uses. Learn the ins and outs of the tufting process, which consists of making rugs with a pneumatic gun, before searching for references to get your creative juices flowing. Then, discover the different types of fiber you can use and design your piece.
See how to prepare your workspace using a tufting frame and translate your vision to your fabrics. Now get to work using two different tufting guns, the cut pile and the loop pile. Next, explore freehand embroidery to add fringing and other decorative elements. Incorporate a final layer of detail with the felting technique.
After finishing the background, get some tips on cleaning, care, and maintenance, along with how to hang your work. Get ready to create signature tapestries using these three exciting techniques.