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Tufting Is All Over TikTok – With Good Reason

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Of all the crafting trends that emerged during 2020, 'tufting' is perhaps the most versatile.

The textile weaving technique is a midpoint between a shaggy carpet and embroidery – you can see and feel the detail of the tufted piece but it's not so fluffy that it's overwhelming. With your yarn as your ink, you can draw textured patterns and pictures on a plain canvas either by hand (using a punch needle) or with an intimidatingly fun-looking tufting gun. And the aesthetic possibilities for your finished product (usually a rug or wall hanging) are endless: psychedelic, neutrals, historically inspired, early '00s or even anime. Whatever your aesthetic poison, you can bring it to life by tufting.

No wonder, then, that the craft has become so popular over the last year, with the tag #tufttheworld amassing 57 million views on TikTok, while #punchneedle has 424,000 tags on Instagram. Turns out, watching the pieces being made is almost as satisfying as the result – the slow reveal of the image, poke by poke – but they are brought most to life when added to your living space. They are bright, textured, playful and just the right amount of homemade.

Ahead are some of our favourite tufted pieces right now from brands and independent makers for you to peruse, ranging from rugs and wall hangings to frames and cushions.

A tufted cushion is a great option if you're after something a bit more subtle. We love the way mint green and lilac are brought together in this swirling pattern.<br><br><strong>Anna Spurling Design</strong> Mint & Lilac Punch Needle Tufted Cushion, $, available at <a href="https://thepopupgirlsshop.com/mint-lilac-punch-needle-tufted-cushion-3461" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:thepopupgirlsshop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">thepopupgirlsshop</a>
A tufted cushion is a great option if you're after something a bit more subtle. We love the way mint green and lilac are brought together in this swirling pattern.

Anna Spurling Design Mint & Lilac Punch Needle Tufted Cushion, $, available at thepopupgirlsshop
Whether hanging from your wall or placed on your floor, this smiley friend is a playful addition to your space.<br><br><strong>Moonwavey</strong> Smiley Flower Tufted Wall Hanging, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1017826525/smiley-flower-tufted-wall-hanging?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>
Whether hanging from your wall or placed on your floor, this smiley friend is a playful addition to your space.

Moonwavey Smiley Flower Tufted Wall Hanging, $, available at Etsy
Olive green is edging its way towards being the new <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/sage-green-homeware-interiors" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sage green" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sage green</a>, as this tufted tiger head knows all too well.<br><br><strong>Ferm Living</strong> Tufted Tiger Head - Green, $, available at <a href="https://www.amara.com/products/tufted-tiger-head-green" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amara</a>
Olive green is edging its way towards being the new sage green, as this tufted tiger head knows all too well.

Ferm Living Tufted Tiger Head - Green, $, available at Amara
A bathmat is the ideal space for some tufted creativity. This sweet floral piece is interesting enough to brighten your bathroom without dominating the space.<br><br><strong>Hazindak Store</strong> Bath Mat, 40 x 60cm, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/915484814/bath-mat-bathroom-decor-40-x-60cm?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=tufted+bath+mat&ref=sr_gallery-1-30&organic_search_click=1&frs=1&etp=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>
A bathmat is the ideal space for some tufted creativity. This sweet floral piece is interesting enough to brighten your bathroom without dominating the space.

Hazindak Store Bath Mat, 40 x 60cm, $, available at Etsy
Another cushion. This time with a curiously abstract face illustration.<br><br><strong>Cositas</strong> Tufted Abstract Face Cushion, $, available at <a href="https://www.trouva.com/products/tufted-abstract-face-cushion" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Trouva" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Trouva</a>
Another cushion. This time with a curiously abstract face illustration.

Cositas Tufted Abstract Face Cushion, $, available at Trouva
This wouldn't be a story about tufting if we didn't include an example of the <a href="https://refinery29.com/en-gb/best-wall-mirrors-decorative" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fun mirrors" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fun mirrors</a> we've been seeing everywhere. Perfect for embodying that <a href="https://refinery29.com/en-gb/fake-decor-instagram-homeware-trend" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:playful, early '00s style" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">playful, early '00s style</a>.<br><br><strong>Angel Delights</strong> Rug Mirror, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/989808987/rug-mirror?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>
This wouldn't be a story about tufting if we didn't include an example of the fun mirrors we've been seeing everywhere. Perfect for embodying that playful, early '00s style.

Angel Delights Rug Mirror, $, available at Etsy
This tonal geometric rug is a more muted take on the trend.<br><br><strong>Linie Design</strong> Multicolor Arguto Hand Tufted Rug, $, available at <a href="https://www.trouva.com/products/linie-design-multicolor-arguto-hand-tufted-rug" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Trouva" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Trouva</a>
This tonal geometric rug is a more muted take on the trend.

Linie Design Multicolor Arguto Hand Tufted Rug, $, available at Trouva
For those who don't want to be muted at all, there's this enormous crocodile.<br><br><strong>Doing Goods</strong> Coolio Crocodile Rug - Green - Large, $, available at <a href="https://www.amara.com/products/coolio-crocodile-rug-green-large" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amara</a>
For those who don't want to be muted at all, there's this enormous crocodile.

Doing Goods Coolio Crocodile Rug - Green - Large, $, available at Amara
Ultimately though, the world of tufting is nothing without cartoon characters. The time that Jerry ate too much cheese being immortalised in a rug is the epitome of why the craft is so beloved.<br><br><strong>Wrugs</strong> Jerry Hand Tufted Cartoon Rug, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1018955960/jerry-hand-tufted-cartoon-rug-mouse-rug?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>
Ultimately though, the world of tufting is nothing without cartoon characters. The time that Jerry ate too much cheese being immortalised in a rug is the epitome of why the craft is so beloved.

Wrugs Jerry Hand Tufted Cartoon Rug, $, available at Etsy

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