2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Tufting Workshop with Alena Ruth Donely

21st February 2024

Join Alena from Manchester Tufting and create your own colourful bespoke rug!



This workshop will guide you on how to create a unique 45x45cm rug with your own custom design. Using an electric tufting gun you will be able to create your dream artwork. 

How about a colourful landscape, a favourite character or an abstract drawing? With up to 5 yarn colours and the support of experienced crafter Alena –  the possibilities are endless!

All materials will be provided to complete your multicoloured masterpiece ready to be taken home on the same day. 



Workshop Information:

  • These workshops are open to ages 18 and over.
  • Limited availability with 8 places.
  • This workshop will last approximately 3.5 hours
  • Light refreshments will be provided, please let us know in advance of the workshop if you have any food allergies.
  • This workshop will take place on the ground floor of Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery. There is ramp access to the building.
  • All materials will be provided.


You will be asked to send your design before the workshop to allow for preparation. You can ask for up to 5 yarn colours ahead of time to make sure you have all the colours you want ready to use.


Photographs will be taken during the workshop and may be shared online, in print material and to promote the National Festival of Making and/MCR Tufting’s work in the future. Please let us know before or during the session if you would not like to be included in any photography.




Ticket Prices:

We have two ticket prices for this workshop – whichever you choose will give you the same workshop experience.


General Tickets – £30

Lower Cost Tickets – £10


Both ticket prices have been subsidised by our funding to allow more people to take part in making activities, however, one has been more subsidised than the other. The ‘Lower Cost’ ticket option is for those who don’t feel able to pay £30 for the experience. The £10 ticket does not require any proof of status. It is self administered on a trust basis. We hope those who can will pay the standard workshop ticket price; and the affordable options will be accessed by those who need them.


If you’ve purchased a ticket but find yourself unable to attend the workshop, please ensure that you submit a refund request at least 72 hours before the event. This allows us to make the ticket available to others. Failure to request a refund before the 72-hour deadline will result in the inability to receive any reimbursement.


If you have any questions about ticket prices, please contact emma@decopublique.co.uk



Workshop Times:

The workshop will take place on Thursday 14th March, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery. 



About Manchester Tufting Workshops:

Manchester Tufting Workshops was established in 2020, with the ethos of making this craft medium more accessible to the public. Alena’s studio is based at Islington Mill in Salford where she regularly delivers workshops. With an added focus on the mental health benefits of such a tactile tool, Alena nurtures the childhood creativity that everyone once had with a solution-focused attitude, to ease even the most nervous or doubtful of creators. Tufting is for everyone & everyone is guaranteed to make a beautiful product to be proud of.



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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