Make a Rug! 

By Jennie Lennick

Your Guide to DIY Tapestry Techniques

In this guide, I'll share rug and tapestry-making techniques that you can try at home. This article provides a brief overview of rug tufting, latch hooking, bargello, and punch needle rug hooking and includes a list of materials needed for each craft. 

I met Amanda Peugnet in her quirky apartment on a bright winter day in Oakland, California. Her home was like a spooky-kitsch wonderland decorated with vintage toys, PeeWee's Playhouse memorabilia, and masks, alongside Amanda's artwork.

 Amanda, an interdisciplinary artist, makes art in a wide range of mediums, including but not limited to oil and acrylic painting, printmaking, cardboard sculptures, and rug tufting. Although all her work is unique, her handmade rugs stuck with me the most. Amanda uses a tufting gun to create her creepy and cute rugs quickly. She draws her illustrations on a canvas, stretches them over a frame, and traces the drawings with the gun. 

 A tufting gun is definitely on my wish list for my next birthday. If you're not ready to invest in this piece of equipment, you can still make rugs and tapestries at home! Below, I'll introduce three tapestry-making techniques that require very few materials and are easy to start right away!

Learn more about:  

    • Punch Needle Rug Hooking 
    • Bargello Embroidery 
    • Latch Hooking 

Have your yarn ready? Let's do this!

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Punch Needle Rug Hooking

Punch needle is an easy rug-making technique that is super simple to pick up! I like to call it "painting with yarn" because projects quickly come together. You only need a few materials to get started, like a non-slip hoop, yarn, a unique punch needle fabric called Monk's cloth, and a punch needle! We sell all the supplies you need to get started here!

I recommend picking up a kit or taking a workshop to get the basics down. Check out our punch needle themed Pinterest board for project inspiration!


Bargello is a simple needlepoint technique that uses long stitches to create tapestries. You only need to know one stitch, so it's a super easy craft to pick up! Just a few supplies are required, like yarn, a tapestry needle, and tapestry canvas.

 Once you get going, it's fun to zone out and stitch. I working on a bargello project while binging my Netflix shows! Check out my tutorial here and my bargello inspiration Pinterest board here!

Latch Hook

Latch hooking involves tying small pieces of yarn to rug canvas using a latch hook tool. It's a straightforward way to make shaggy wall hangings and small rugs. This craft gained popularity in the 1970s. 

You can go down a rabbit hole of looking at kooky vintage latch hook kits- our Pinterest board has lots of fun ideas, or you can opt for purchasing a kit from a modern seller, like Bobcat and Birdie. Check out her blog about finishing a latch hook project here! 

Making rugs is a lot of fun! I hope you picked up a few tips and hopefully a new hobby!

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Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco


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