Tufting for Beginners: Design Colorful Textile Art

A course by Zeyu Cheng
Tufting Artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined July 2021
, Tufting Artist

Learn to use a tufting gun to create a handmade tapestry filled with shapes and colors from scratch

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 480 students

Learn to use a tufting gun to create a handmade tapestry filled with shapes and colors from scratch

German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 480 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 32m)
  • 23 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Are you ready to step into Zeyu Cheng's creative universe full of color and fluffy textures? This quirky textile artist uses wool and a tufting gun to experiment and embrace her youthful curiosity. Inspired by the psychedelic art of the 70s, she designs pieces with free forms, bright colors, and original motifs.

In this online course, she teaches you step by step how to work with the tools, materials, and techniques needed to make your own tufted tapestry. Zeyu shows you her design process from start to finish so that, by the end of the course, you'll be able to turn your multicolored ideas into practical and decorative works of art!

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Art of Tufting
  • U3
    U3. The Design
  • U4
    U4. Creating the Carpet
  • U5
    U5. Presenting the Piece
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by meeting your teacher, Zeyu Cheng, who talks to you in detail about her background. She also shows you some of her aesthetic influences and the artists that inspire her.

Next, Zeyu explains what tools and materials she uses for tufting and introduces you to the essential techniques you need to make your tapestry. Once you've got the basics, prepare your workspace and make a simple frame for your project.

Time to design your own tapestry! Zeyu teaches you how to gather inspiration and choose the color palette and materials, as well as different methods for sketching your piece.

When your sketch is ready, transfer it to the screen and begin the production process. Tuft the outlines and each of the shapes separately before finishing off the back of the tapestry and trimming the front with a shear.

Finally, Zeyu gives you some great ideas on how to use your creations, for example, to decorate a mirror. She also shares some tips on how to present and package them.

What is this course's project?

You will design and craft a colorful hand-tufted rug inspired by the 70's psychedelic aesthetic.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to create a tufted tapestry and transform their creative ideas using this technique.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is required to take this course.

As for materials, you need a cut-pile tufting gun, special oil for sewing machines, PVC carpet adhesive, hot glue, base fabric and a screen (both cotton), a shear, wooden strips for the frame, nails, and other tools that your teacher will specify in the course. As an option, you can also use Adobe Illustrator and a projector.


480 Students
10 Reviews
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Zeyu Cheng

A course by Zeyu Cheng

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Tufting Artist

Trained in architecture, Zeyu Cheng currently works in textile art. Tufted tapestries allowed her to detach herself from the geometric confines of contemporary architecture and take refuge in a universe inspired by the psychedelic aesthetic of the 70s, giving free rein to youthful creativity.

Most of the pieces she makes are completely unique, featuring free forms, bright colors, and original motifs. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with clients such as Adidas, Jaded London, LYCHEE & FRIENDS, and Fashion Grunge magazine.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Inspirations
  • U2

    The Art of Tufting

    • Carpet Making Techniques
    • The Tufting Gun
    • Preparation
  • U3

    The Design

    • Inspiration and Mood Board
    • Color Selection and Illustration
  • U4

    Creating the Carpet

    • Transferring the Design
    • Making Shapes and Attaching the Yarn
    • Finishing the Back 1
    • Finishing the Back 2
    • The Front
  • U5

    Presenting the Piece

    • Converting the Tufted Piece into a Mirror
    • Inspiration from Creative Ideas
    • Sharing Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Tufting for Beginners: Design Colorful Textile Art

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Tufting for Beginners: Design Colorful Textile Art. Craft course by Zeyu Cheng

Tufting for Beginners: Design Colorful Textile Art

A course by Zeyu Cheng
Tufting Artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined July 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 480 students