I'm Emma Crawley, the tufter that is tuftee. I live in Auckland, Aotearoa (New Zealand).
I discovered the joy of rug tufting in 2021, bought a starter kit from All Things Effy and watched YouTube videos on how to do the various parts of the process. They make it look so easy, but it took a lot of blood, sweat and swearwords to create my first pieces. I’m glad I persisted, and that I still have all my fingers.
Rug tufting is a very physical process which appealed to me - it’s easy for me to get stuck in my head, so I chose an art form that helps me connect with my body. I want to have fun with what I'm making and play around with things that are so familiar to us (in Aotearoa at least) but might be unexpected to see in someone's lounge.
Thanks for being here.