If you are looking for three-dimensional effects where the thread is at the centre of the technique and the final result is that of a soft but appealing workmanship, this is where the tufting technique becomes the protagonist. This technique, which literally means "decorating with tufts", creates a final effect that reminds a freshly mowed lawn.
Origins and Characteristics
First of all, when talking about this technique, it is necessary to clarify its name, in fact, this kind of stitch is called in different ways: “velvet stitch”, which refers to the typical softness of this process or “Turkish stitch” that takes its name from the type of knot used, that is the ghiordes (ed. town of Anatolia in which the typical symmetrical Turkish knot is used to make the famous prayer carpets). This sends us back to its origin, Turkey. In the homeland of carpets, it has always been the custom to use this type of stitch in creations, and now this technique has been adapted to the world of embroidery. The characteristic of this technique is to create very close stitches to one another, so the final result is full and not in "blots". After embroidering the base according to the desired pattern, the threads must be trimmed, taking care of maintaining a uniform height. The final shaving results in a soft and vaporous yarn effect.
Tufting - Furnishing, Design, Art and Haute Couture
This technique, being closely linked to the textile world of carpets since ancient times, is now widely used in the field of furniture and design, as well as in art. An example of this is the Textile Museum in Tilburg, Holland, where the museum's team of artists uses it inside their Textile Lab to give shape to real works of art, proposing new creations or creating pieces on commission. This technique has also been very successful in the fashion world, especially when Louis Vuitton decided to use it for its pre-fall 2013 Limited Edition collection, where the famous logo was reinterpreted and highlighted thanks to the traditional technique of tufting, thus creating a three-dimensional contrasting effect.
An artist of the Textile Lab of Tilburg during the creation of a work of art using the tufting technique photo credits
Today, this type of work is highly appreciated by haute couture brands, which according to their needs, use it to give vigour to details, exploit three-dimensional effects and create contrasts, playing with both colour and different thicknesses, where however, the common goal is to recreate an effect as soft and full as possible. Tufting is an adaptable technique both for brands with different identities and needs, and bases on which it can be used: from fabric to denim, as well as leather.
The Uniqueness of the Tufting - The Mix with Other Techniques
Puntoart knows how to master this technique using it individually to create 3D details, enrich garments and accessories or recreate a patchwork effect, but above all, it is able to make it even more interesting thanks to its ability to be mixed with other decoration techniques. Starting from the most basic techniques, tufting can then enrich the thread embroidery, enhancing the design and creating three-dimensional effects. It can be combined with cordonetto lace to create works with contrasting textures. It can also be combined with laser engraving, or scraping, creating heterogeneous multi-layer effects. In addition, one should certainly not forget the possibility of working tufting together with embroidery sequins. Finally, Puntoart is also able to use the tufting technique to enrich macramé creations.
Tufting and thread embroidery - Puntoart Archive
Among the many possibilities that the world of embroidery offers, this technique stands out for its soft hand, but with a gritty effect, which is well suited to artwork with geometric designs and lettering, but also more abstract patterns, as well as floral graphics or subjects. Thanks to its technical-creative team, Puntoart interprets the needs of its customers and gives life to unique embroidery proposals.