What kind of yarn/tufting machine/materials do you use?
I use 100% wool yarn, or a mixture of 80% wool and 20% nylon. I have several tufting machines, which I use for different projects, but my favorite machine is the AK-II. I do not share my suppliers.
Do you work on commission projects?
Yes! Once in a while I open up a few slots for custom tufted works. I announce these on my Instagram, so follow me there if you’d like to get a spot.
If you really can’t wait for one of these slots, feel free to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with some details of your request, and I might be able to work on your project a little sooner!
I really like *insert certain piece here* but it’s sold out! Can you make me a new one?
Since the process of making tufted works is quite a long one, I don’t like to work on a repeated design since it might bore me sooner than working on a new piece. Every piece is one of a kind.
If you’d like to get your own piece based on a previous design of mine, please keep an eye out for my custom project slots. Once in a while I announce these on my Instagram, or send me an email at email@example.com to hear if there are any slots available.
Where are your works made?
Every single piece is handmade by me in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
How long doest it take to make a rug?
This completely depends on the size and detail of the rug. Tufting a rug could take only a few hours if it’s a smaller size, but when working on a large area rug, tufting takes several days. After the tufting is finished, the rug needs to be secured with glue, which takes a full day to dry.
After the glue has dried, I take the rug off the loom to finish it. I shave the front of the rug to create an even pile, fold in the edges and do some final trimming to clear the sides of the rug. As the final step I apply a label with the date of when the rug was created. This whole process takes one to two days.
How do I take care of my rug?
All of my rugs are handmade and cannot be machine washed.
When you receive your brand-new rug, it’s normal for it to shed. You can remove the shed by using a vacuum with suction. Vacuum your rug once a week to remove all dirt and dust from the surface before it gets pressed into the fibers. When a single fiber comes loose, never pull it, but cut it off with sharp scissors instead.
If there is a spill on your wool rug, it is essential to blot it out immediately. Use a clean cloth or paper towels and carefully blot out all of the excess liquid. When necessary, you can use a mild soap and water to remove some spots. Never rub the wool too aggressively, since this breaks up the wool fibers.