Why offer rug tufting classes?
I (Alex, The Creative behind Tufting House) stumbled upon tufting videos on social media mid-2020, at the height of the pandemic, and was obsessed. I followed every creator the social media gods sent my way and the interest just kept growing. At some point I did the research for what it would cost to get started and it was pretty complicated and expensive. The frame had to be built, the gun was expensive, and the materials weren't cheap or super accessible. I didn't have the space or the patience to deal with it all just to try it out and potentially hate it. So I searched for rug tufting classes and workshops, but I couldn't find one to save my life.
While chatting with my longtime best friend, Jorge, he miraculously had a friend who had just taken a rug tufting class - but the classes were all booked up. I ended up stalking the website and finding a class with one space left and booked it immediately. The class was always meant to be a test. But I loved it enough that as soon as I got home, I bought a full tufting kit and started tufting - and never stopped. We've always wanted to start our own business, and the more we ran numbers, the more it just made sense! Our mission is to provide the community with a creative outlet while providing a high-level experience.
Meet our Team
Alex is our creative lead and inspiration for Tufting House. A lover of crafts, puzzles, Disney, LEGO, and pretty much anything she can do to keep her hands busy, she became interested in tufting thanks to viral Tik Tok videos. She immediately purchased a tufting gun after her first tufting class, and after much (much!) trial and error had perfected a process that was both fun and efficient. Her desire to share her knowledge and provide an exceptional and unforgettable tufting experience to all of South Florida (bundled with the support of her amazing wife and best friend) is how Tufting House was born.
There is very little that Jorge won't try at least once - from food to unusual investment opportunities that include making rugs. This easy-going and casual prankster was once an aspiring architect and most recently a seasoned supply chain expert; when hearing of Alex’s plans to open a tufting studio, he immediately offered to design and build custom tufting frames and a physical space for tufting, and run any business operations that would be needed. Brawn and brains indeed!
Ruled by logic and fueled by order among chaos, Amanda is always the first to question what her wife is thinking. When Alex approached her with the idea of opening Tufting House, she had many questions indeed. At the end of said questioning, she decided she was intrigued by all the punny, tufting-related things she could place on t-shirts and mugs. Amanda is in charge of marketing, website, and all things techie, and you can always count on her to be the voice of reason between Alex and Jorge.