I Tried Rug Tufting For The First Time

Safiya Nygaard
7 May 202425:08

Summary

TLDRIn this engaging video, the host embarks on a new crafting adventure: rug tufting. Despite initial apprehensions, the journey is filled with laughter and learning as they navigate the intricacies of using a tufting gun to create a custom rug. With the guidance of Erni, a master tufter, they experiment with various techniques to tuft a night sky design replete with a moon, stars, clouds, and a bat. The process, though challenging and laborious, is also deeply satisfying, transforming a simple canvas into a unique, cozy rug. The video offers a behind-the-scenes look at the crafting process, complete with its trials and triumphs, ultimately resulting in a finished product that reflects both effort and creativity.

Takeaways

  • ๐ŸŽจ The video features a first-time attempt at rug tufting, a craft where rugs are created by swiftly running a tufting gun loaded with yarn along a canvas.
  • ๐Ÿ“š The host expresses a deep love for satisfying craft videos and has tried various crafts with mixed success, but always with a sense of satisfaction.
  • ๐Ÿš‚ After a long train journey, the host visits a custom rug tufting studio in Chicago, which has all the necessary equipment for rug tufting.
  • ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ The tufting gun operates with two pistons: one with a threaded needle to pierce fabric and leave a yarn loop, and another with scissors to cut the loop, creating a shaggy effect.
  • ๐Ÿค Erni, the studio owner, provides a tutorial on how to use the tufting gun, emphasizing the importance of pushing the gun into the canvas and maintaining an upright elbow position.
  • ๐ŸŒŸ The host learns that changing direction with the tufting gun requires rotating the head of the tufter, and that tufting upside down is not recommended.
  • ๐Ÿ” The host struggles with creating symmetrical shapes during the initial practice, but finds that the front side of the rug looks better despite the messy backside.
  • ๐ŸŽจ The design process involves choosing a simple yet on-brand image, a night sky blob with a moon, stars, clouds, and a bat, which is projected onto the canvas for tracing.
  • ๐Ÿงถ A variety of yarn colors are selected to represent the different elements of the design, including a deep blue for the night sky, yellow for stars, and various colors for the bat and clouds.
  • ๐Ÿ•’ The host acknowledges the time-consuming nature of rug tufting, noting that it took about seven hours to complete the rug, despite the short duration of online tufting videos.
  • ๐Ÿ† Despite initial challenges and a steep learning curve, the host is proud of the final product and expresses a desire to improve and try rug tufting again.

Q & A

  • What is the first craft that Safiya is trying in the video?

    -Safiya is trying rug tufting for the first time in the video.

  • What are some of the satisfying craft videos Safiya enjoys watching?

    -Safiya enjoys watching craft videos such as making soap from scratch, acrylic pour art, molten metal casting, hyperrealistic candle making, and visual ASMR satisfying craft videos.

  • How does Safiya describe the rug tufting process in the video?

    -Safiya describes rug tufting as a process where people seemingly materialize a rug out of thin air by running a tufting gun loaded with yarn swiftly along a piece of canvas.

  • What is the name of the custom rug tufting studio in Chicago that Safiya visits?

    -Safiya visits Freestyle Ceramics & Tufting in Bridgeport, on the South Side of Chicago.

  • What are the two main parts of a tufting gun?

    -The two main parts of a tufting gun are a piston with a threaded needle at the end, which pierces through the fabric and leaves a loop of yarn, and another piston with a pair of scissors on the end, which cuts the loop of yarn open to create a shaggy effect.

  • What is the first step Safiya takes in the rug tufting process?

    -The first step Safiya takes is getting her hands on an actual tufting gun and learning how to use it with a quick tutorial from Erni.

  • What is the main challenge Safiya faces while tufting the rug?

    -Safiya's main challenge is her lack of experience with weaving, crocheting, needlepointing, or using firearms, which makes it difficult for her to control the tufting gun and create symmetrical and even shapes.

  • What is the name of the graphic designer who created the rug design for Safiya?

    -The graphic designer who created the rug design is named Dayana.

  • What is the final step in the rug tufting process described in the video?

    -The final step in the rug tufting process is shaving the rug to achieve a uniform and neat appearance.

  • How does Safiya feel about the final result of the rug?

    -Safiya is pretty happy with the final product, especially considering the initial challenges she faced, and she feels she could do even better the next time.

  • What is the total time spent on making the rug in the video?

    -The total time spent on making the rug in the video is about seven hours.

Outlines

00:00

๐Ÿ˜€ Introduction to Rug Tufting

The video begins with the host expressing excitement about trying rug tufting for the first time. She shares her love for craft videos and her experiences with various crafts, highlighting the satisfaction she gets from them. She then introduces the concept of rug tufting, describing the process of creating a rug from canvas using a tufting gun and yarn. The host also talks about the potential for customization in rug designs, from abstract art to humorous phrases. She shares her visit to a custom rug tufting studio in Chicago, where she plans to try making a custom rug despite being a few years late to the trend.

05:00

๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Learning the Basics of Rug Tufting

The host meets Erni, the studio owner, and begins learning the basics of rug tufting. Erni explains the mechanics of the tufting gun, which uses a needle and scissors mechanism to insert yarn into the canvas. The host practices with the tufting gun, learning to push firmly, maintain the gun's perpendicularity to the canvas, and rotate the gun head to change direction. Despite initial struggles, the host starts to get the hang of it, with guidance from Erni and her friend Tyler. They discuss the forgiving nature of the craft, noting that while the backside of the rug may show mistakes, the front appears clean and neat.

10:01

๐ŸŽจ Choosing the Rug Design and Yarn

The host decides on a night sky design with a moon, stars, clouds, and a bat for her rug. The studio's graphic designer, Dayana, creates the design, which is then projected onto the canvas for the host to trace. The host expresses excitement over choosing yarn colors, selecting a palette that includes deep blue for the sky, yellow for stars, lilac for the bat, periwinkle for the clouds, and white and pink for the moon and its shadow. The process of selecting yarn is described as enjoyable, and the host appreciates the vast array of colors available.

15:01

๐ŸŒŸ Tufting the Rug Design

The host starts tufting the rug, beginning with the moon and then moving on to the other elements. She experiences some difficulty, particularly with the stars and the bat, but with encouragement from Erni and Tyler, she continues. The process is described as challenging but also rewarding. The host and her helpers find humor in the process, and there is a sense of camaraderie as they work together. The host also discusses the physical strain of the activity, noting the fatigue in her hands and arms after several hours of tufting.

20:02

๐Ÿ” Outlining and Completing the Rug

After completing the tufting of individual elements, the host outlines the entire rug and its elements using a background yarn color to define the shapes and ensure the yarn is densely packed. This step, while time-consuming, adds definition to the design. The host then fills in the background with vertical strokes, which is a more straightforward process compared to tufting shapes. The host and Erni tag team this part to speed up the process. The final steps include applying glue to seal the stitches, using a heat gun to dry the glue, attaching a rug backing, and shaving the rug to achieve an even length for the yarn.

25:04

๐ŸŽ‰ Finishing the Rug and Reflecting on the Experience

The host and her team successfully finish the rug after about seven hours of work. The host expresses satisfaction with the final product, especially considering the initial challenges. She reflects on the learning process and expresses a desire to try rug tufting again, believing she could improve with another attempt. The host thanks Erni and the viewers for their support and ends the video on a high note, suggesting that the rug, despite being technically a floor covering, might be displayed as a tapestry to protect it from her pet, Cosmo.

Mindmap

Keywords

๐Ÿ’กRug Tufting

Rug tufting is a craft technique where a rug is created by using a tufting gun to push yarn through a canvas fabric, leaving a loop on the back and then cutting it to create a shaggy pile. In the video, the host attempts rug tufting for the first time, which is central to the theme of exploring satisfying craft experiences.

๐Ÿ’กTufting Gun

A tufting gun is a tool used in the rug tufting process that has two pistons: one with a threaded needle to pierce the fabric and leave a loop of yarn, and another with scissors to cut the loop, creating the tufted effect. It is a key element in the video as the host learns to use it to create a custom rug.

๐Ÿ’กCanvas

Canvas, in the context of rug tufting, refers to the sturdy fabric that serves as the base material onto which the yarn is tufted to create the rug. The host mentions pushing the tufting gun into the canvas to ensure the yarn goes all the way through, highlighting its importance in the process.

๐Ÿ’กYarn

Yarn is a generic term for threads used in various crafts, including rug tufting. In the video, the host selects different colors of yarn to use for the various elements of the rug design, such as the night sky, stars, bat, and clouds, emphasizing the role of yarn in determining the rug's appearance.

๐Ÿ’กCraft Video

A craft video is a type of content that showcases the process of making or creating something by hand, often with a focus on the satisfaction and therapeutic aspects of the activity. The host expresses a love for craft videos, which sets the stage for their personal exploration into rug tufting.

๐Ÿ’กCustom Rug

A custom rug is a rug that is designed and made to specific customer requirements, often featuring unique patterns or designs. The host is intrigued by the possibility of making a custom rug, which is different from the standard rectangular rugs they have had in the past.

๐Ÿ’กVisual ASMR

Visual ASMR refers to the pleasurable, relaxing feeling some people get from watching certain types of visual content, often characterized by repetitive or detailed motions. The host mentions being drawn into a 'visual ASMR, satisfying craft rabbit hole,' which relates to the satisfying nature of craft videos they enjoy.

๐Ÿ’กSatisfying Crafts

Satisfying crafts are activities that produce a sense of pleasure or satisfaction when completed, often due to their tactile nature or the transformation from raw materials to finished product. The video revolves around the host's attempt at a satisfying craft, namely rug tufting, which is new to them.

๐Ÿ’กDesign Elements

Design elements in the context of the video refer to the specific components of the rug's design, such as the moon, stars, clouds, and bat. The host discusses the process of creating these elements in the rug, which are outlined and tufted in a particular order to build the final design.

๐Ÿ’กRug Backing

Rug backing is the material attached to the back of a rug to provide structure, support, and sometimes added features like non-slip properties. In the video, the host and Erni attach a rug backing to the finished tufted rug to make it ready for use.

๐Ÿ’กShaving the Rug

Shaving the rug is the final step in the rug tufting process where a pair of clippers is used to trim the yarn to an even height, giving the rug a neat and uniform appearance. The host expresses apprehension about this step due to the potential to ruin the rug if not done correctly.

Highlights

The video introduces the craft of rug tufting, showcasing the process of creating a custom rug from scratch.

The host shares their fascination with satisfying craft videos and their desire to participate in the craft themselves.

A custom rug tufting studio in Chicago provides the necessary tools and guidance for the host to try rug tufting.

The tufting gun's mechanism is explained, revealing how it uses a threaded needle and scissors to create the tufted effect.

The host learns the importance of pushing the tufting gun into the canvas and maintaining a perpendicular angle for proper tufting.

The process of changing direction with the tufting gun is demonstrated, emphasizing the need to rotate the head of the tufter.

The video captures the host's initial struggle with creating symmetrical and well-formed tufts, despite following instructions.

The host's test shapes, including stars and circles, turn out asymmetrical, highlighting the learning curve of the craft.

The design for the custom rug is selected, featuring a night sky theme with a moon, stars, clouds, and a bat.

The host expresses excitement and nervousness about choosing yarn colors for the rug, comparing the selection process to a Vogue shoe closet.

The tufting process begins with the moon, which is the largest and simplest shape, and the host surprisingly creates a well-defined outline.

The host and Erni, the studio owner, work together to adjust the bat's design to make it more achievable for a beginner.

The host experiences a learning curve while tufting the bat's wings, resulting in a noticeable difference between the two sides.

Despite some mistakes, the host finds that minor errors can be fixed with a few extra stitches.

The host humorously refers to their tufting of the stars as potentially creating a 'merkin' due to the shape turning out differently than expected.

The final steps of the rug creation include gluing the back, sealing the glue with a heat gun, and attaching a rug backing.

The host, although initially hesitant, attempts to shave the rug with clippers, a delicate process that requires a steady hand.

The finished rug is revealed, with the host expressing pride in the final product despite the challenges faced during creation.

The host jokes about hanging the rug as a tapestry to protect it from their pet, Cosmo, and reflects on the experience as a whole.

Transcripts

00:00

(upbeat music)

00:04

- Hello friends, and welcome to another video.

00:08

This week, I'm gonna be trying rug tufting

00:10

for the first time.

00:11

And, yes, I am armed and dangerous.

00:13

(machine whirring) (Safiya chuckles)

00:14

Now, as some of you guys may know,

00:16

I love me a satisfying craft video.

00:18

From making soap from scratch, to acrylic pour art,

00:21

molten metal casting, hyperrealistic candle making,

00:24

and whatever this is,

00:26

not only could I watch this (beep) for hours,

00:28

but when I fall down

00:29

a visual ASMR, satisfying craft rabbit hole,

00:32

I viscerally want it.

00:34

I want to do it, feel it, be it,

00:37

become the swirled soap or the cube of jelly wax

00:40

or the molten aluminum

00:41

sliding into an aquarium full of Orbeez.

00:43

And I have tried my hand at a few of these crafts

00:45

with varying levels of success,

00:47

but certainly a fair amount of satisfaction.

00:49

It looks like an amateur Yogurtland experiment,

00:54

but it's not a fail.

00:55

And for a while now,

00:56

I've been seeing these videos about rug tufting,

00:59

where people will seemingly materialize a rug

01:01

out of thin air

01:02

by running a tufting gun loaded up with yarn

01:05

ever so swiftly along a piece of canvas.

01:07

And not only are these videos incredibly satisfying,

01:10

I love seeing the image being slowly built line by line

01:13

until it's fully complete,

01:14

I also think the custom rugs that people make

01:16

are pretty awesome.

01:17

Like, I've only ever had boring square

01:19

or rectangular rugs in my life.

01:21

But you can make pretty much anything,

01:23

from psychedelic abstract art, to giant tomatoes,

01:26

to scary monsters,

01:27

to a dripping declaration that simply says, "horny."

01:31

Me too, friend, me too.

01:32

And a few months ago,

01:33

after getting off our 52-hour train ride across the country,

01:37

we ended up in my hometown of Chicago,

01:39

where there just so happened

01:40

to be a custom rug tufting studio

01:42

where not only did they already have

01:44

everything you would need to do some rug tufting,

01:46

but they were willing to let me take a stab, literally.

01:49

So I figured even if we're a couple of years late

01:52

to the trend,

01:52

why not finally try my hand at making a custom rug myself?

01:56

Will I be able to make anything cute at all

01:58

and achieve those satisfying tufting visuals

02:00

or will this just end up being a big pile of bonerkill?

02:03

I guess we'll find out.

02:05

So after hopping off our 52-hour Amtrak train in Chicago,

02:08

we did hit up a few spots,

02:10

like this Ancient Roman-inspired bathhouse.

02:12

- [Tyler] Flo-tarium.

02:14

Flo-Rida.

02:15

- [Safiya] Yeah, I think that's what they mean.

02:16

It's the Florida man pool.

02:18

- [Tyler] Oh.

02:19

- [Safiya] And this crazy high-end

02:19

"The Menu" style restaurant.

02:21

Still don't know what this is.

02:23

- [Tyler] This has just been ominously left at our table.

02:25

- [Safiya] And after getting

02:26

our ice cream sundaes launched at us.

02:28

(Safiya laughs)

02:30

- [Tyler] Oh!

02:31

- How do I eat it? - I don't know.

02:32

- [Safiya] We were ready to head

02:33

to Freestyle Ceramics & Tufting in Bridgeport

02:36

on the South Side

02:37

where we met up with Erni, studio owner and master tufter,

02:40

who was going to be teaching me the ropes,

02:42

or, rather, the yarn.

02:43

Freestyle Ceramics & Tufting does have, as the name implies,

02:46

both a paint-your-own-pottery studio

02:48

and a rug tufting workshop.

02:50

Someone tufted a booty.

02:51

Wow, risque.

02:53

- Tush tufting? (Safiya laughs)

02:55

- And it turns out Erni actually added

02:56

the rug tufting portion of the studio

02:58

after watching videos of people tufting online.

03:01

So, kindred spirit.

03:02

And for someone

03:03

with absolutely no tufting experience like myself,

03:06

my first step, besides putting my hair up.

03:09

So it's not in the rug.

03:10

We don't make a rug out of my own hair.

03:12

- Yes.

03:13

- [Safiya] Was gonna be to get my hands

03:14

on an actual tufting gun.

03:15

- Gives you the safety, the technique, everything like that.

03:18

- Little tutorial.

03:19

Now, from what I've seen online,

03:20

these tufting guns basically just seem like magic.

03:23

- Tap, tap, tap, tap.

03:25

We're gonna do it really slow, okay?

03:27

For our first time like that.

03:28

- [Safiya] But after some investigation,

03:30

it seems the way these things work

03:31

is that they have two pistons.

03:33

One that has a threaded needle at the end of it,

03:35

which will pierce through the fabric you are tufting

03:37

and leave a loop of yarn behind,

03:39

and another piston, which has a pair of scissors on the end,

03:42

which will follow behind the threaded needle

03:43

and cut the loop of yarn open

03:45

to create that nice shaggy effect.

03:47

So it's not magic. It's just scissors.

03:50

And after giving me a quick demo,

03:52

Erni handed over the tufter so I could give it a go.

03:54

- Some people like to be really, really careful,

03:56

like, do it really slow.

03:58

That is okay.

03:58

And some people like, "Oh, I feel comfortable.

04:00

I can fly," you know?

04:02

Exactly. - Yeah, Rambo.

04:04

(Safiya mimics gun firing) - Rambo.

04:06

- [Saifya] And I can tell you one thing, Rambo, I am not.

04:09

(machine whirring) - Okay.

04:11

- [Safiya] Now, a couple of quick things

04:12

I learned right off the bat.

04:14

First off, you have to make sure to push the head of the gun

04:16

into the canvas,

04:18

otherwise the yarn won't go all the way through

04:20

and the tufts won't hold.

04:21

- [Erni] But when you tap, the gun kind of bounce back.

04:24

- So you have to push more. - So make sure

04:25

the entire time, you gotta push in.

04:27

Otherwise this did not really go in.

04:28

- [Safiya] And you also have to make sure

04:30

to keep your elbow upright

04:31

to keep the gun perpendicular to the canvas.

04:33

- Okay, your gun's not very straight like this.

04:35

- [Safiya] Oh, got it. There we go.

04:38

- [Erni] Exactly.

04:38

- [Safiya] So even if you are spraying yarn like Rambo,

04:41

you cannot assume

04:42

a, like, classic Rambo power stance like this.

04:45

Well, I don't know anything about Rambo actually.

04:47

- That's how it works. - I just know

04:48

that one BLACKPINK song.

04:49

- [Tyler] (mimics gun firing) Rambo.

04:50

- [Safiya] Yeah (laughs).

04:51

Besides that, one other thing to remember

04:53

is that you have to rotate the head of the tufter

04:55

in order to change direction.

04:57

- So you wanna turn to the right, push and turn.

05:00

You gotta turn to the right like this.

05:01

- [Safiya] You can't just randomly pull the gun to one side

05:04

without changing the direction of the head

05:06

or you'll just slash your canvas.

05:08

- Push to the left. - Push in.

05:09

- Mm-hmm, turn to the left. - Turn the gun, and go.

05:12

And contrary to dance floor rules,

05:14

you do not want to cut the rug.

05:16

Also, you never wanna tuft upside down.

05:19

So if you wanna tuft an object like a circle, for example,

05:22

you wanna start at the bottom,

05:23

tuft all the way up to the topmost point,

05:25

then stop, go back to the bottom,

05:27

and tuft the other side.

05:28

And all of this seemed pretty straightforward

05:31

and yet I was not doing so great, guys.

05:33

- [Erni] So push in.

05:35

Tap, tap, tap.

05:36

You're going a little too fast.

05:37

- Mm, I'm going too fast. - Yeah.

05:38

- [Safiya] Unlike with some of the other

05:39

satisfying crafts I've tried,

05:40

I didn't have any applicable skills in this arena.

05:43

Can you follow a line? I don't know.

05:45

I don't know. Okay.

05:46

Like, molten lipstick and molten chocolate

05:48

have similar properties.

05:49

Whipped soap and whipped frosting, not so different.

05:52

- Very good. - A little bit better.

05:53

A little bit better, okay. - All right.

05:54

All right. - That sounded good.

05:55

- [Safiya] But I have absolutely no experience

05:57

with weaving, crocheting, needlepointing, or firearms.

06:00

Wow, this is kind of hard.

06:03

So I was shooting blind.

06:04

And even though Tyler and Erni were trying to stay positive,

06:07

my test stars were looking very asymmetric.

06:10

- [Erni] Much better already. Look.

06:11

- Yeah, I mean- - You're making progress.

06:13

- [Tyler] That's a star.

06:15

That's a star.

06:16

- [Safiya] Potentially even disturbing at times.

06:18

What about this little arm here?

06:20

- [Tyler] We don't talk about that arm.

06:22

- [Erni] It's not you.

06:23

It's me and my drawing.

06:24

- Thank you for falling on your sword for me, yeah.

06:26

- My drawing's not good.

06:28

- [Safiya] And my test circle was truly just a lump.

06:31

A little lovely lady lump.

06:32

- [Tyler] That's a lady lump right there, yeah.

06:34

- [Erni] I mean, I think it's a little bit better

06:35

than the star.

06:36

What do you think?

06:37

- [Safiya] The only saving grace for me

06:38

was that even though it seemed very difficult

06:40

to get any of the test shapes to look good from the back,

06:43

the front wasn't so bad.

06:45

- Oh! - Perfectly fine, look.

06:47

- [Safiya] Yeah, it looks cute.

06:48

- [Erni] Yeah, see, it's very forgiving on this side.

06:51

Yes. - Oh, it's so soft.

06:52

- [Erni] Yes, exactly.

06:53

- I wouldn't say it looked good from up here.

06:55

All right, I feel maybe a little bit more confident.

06:59

But it was a bit harder to see how bad it truly was.

07:02

This looks like the scrawlings of a mad woman.

07:04

- [Tyler] Zodiac Saf.

07:06

(Safiya laughs)

07:07

- [Safiya] So with expectations now at an all-time low,

07:10

the tutorial round was over.

07:12

- [Tyler] Looks like she's trying to say something to us.

07:14

- It's like she's trying to tuft something.

07:15

I know it.

07:16

And it was time to try and make an actual rug.

07:19

Now, as we said before, with rug tufting,

07:21

you can pretty much tuft anything you want.

07:24

And though I was tempted to tuft an "also horny" rug,

07:27

Erni let us know that words,

07:28

and especially cursive words,

07:30

are some of the hardest things to do.

07:32

And we all saw what just went down at the test wall.

07:34

So we decided to keep our expectations on my ability low

07:37

and go for something that would be simple enough

07:39

for my skill level,

07:40

but still on brand.

07:42

I'm intimidated. - You're intimidated?

07:43

- Yeah, I'm a little intimidated.

07:45

I want to do this.

07:46

I'm just nervous about it.

07:47

So our graphic designer Dayana whipped up a very cute

07:50

what I would call night sky blob.

07:53

Yay. Okay, that's our image.

07:55

That Erni projected onto a piece of canvas

07:57

for me to trace out as a pattern to follow.

07:59

- [Tyler] You're relocating down there?

08:01

- (laughs) Don't judge my methods.

08:03

With some simple elements inside

08:05

like a moon and some clouds

08:07

and then a couple of items with a few spicy details

08:09

to make the design a little more intermediate,

08:11

specifically our bat

08:13

and the contours of our bat's little head.

08:15

And even though it is a pretty simple design,

08:17

I still think it's cute and I hope you do too.

08:20

Wow, look at that cloud

08:21

that Erni definitely didn't help me draw.

08:23

(all laugh)

08:24

And once our design was all traced out,

08:26

it was time to pick out our yarn we were gonna use.

08:29

The yarn. Hello, yarn.

08:31

Good morning, yarn.

08:33

Now, I'd been admiring this rainbow yarn wall in the back

08:36

pretty much the entire time.

08:38

- [Erni] Yeah, too much to choose from, right?

08:39

(Safiya and Erni laugh)

08:40

- Just silence, just looking.

08:42

As it seemed like Erni had basically every color of yarn

08:45

that you could imagine,

08:46

kind of like the Vogue shoe closet but for yarn.

08:49

- [Tyler] Let's go to Mood.

08:50

- [Safiya] Let's go to Mood.

08:51

And I thoroughly enjoyed this part.

08:52

- I think it's too bright. - Too bright.

08:54

- [Tyler] Yeah, it's too bright.

08:55

- [Safiya] Get outta here.

08:56

In fact, if Erni is looking for someone

08:58

to just tend the yarn and help people pick out yarn colors.

09:01

Ha ha ha. This is fun.

09:03

I would happily volunteer.

09:04

And after some careful consideration.

09:06

Oh, that's not bad.

09:07

It's a bit lighter,

09:08

but it has, like, some purple elements in it.

09:10

We ended up grabbing a deep blue for the night sky,

09:12

a warm yellow for the twinkling stars.

09:15

- [Tyler] This one looks more like a "Starry Night" yellow.

09:17

- A lilac color for the bat,

09:19

a periwinkle for the clouds,

09:20

and a white and pink for the moon and its shadow.

09:23

Ooh, that could be good.

09:25

- The contrast's actually bigger for this one.

09:27

- [Safiya] A pretty good color palette, in my opinion.

09:29

- I like it. - I think could be a cute rug.

09:31

- [Tyler] I think it's definitely gonna be a cute rug.

09:33

- [Safiya] But after stalling at the yarn wall,

09:35

it was time to try and tuft this thing.

09:37

And Erni explained that the best strategy here

09:39

would be to tuft to each individual element

09:42

of the design first,

09:43

and then do the background last

09:45

to make sure that the elements

09:46

were as clear and defined as possible

09:48

and didn't get crowded out,

09:49

starting with the moon

09:50

since it was the largest and simplest shape.

09:53

- [Erni] And then we can do the cloud, the star,

09:55

and then we save the bat.

09:56

- Save the bat for last. - Yeah, for last.

09:58

- [Safiya] But even though

09:59

it was supposed to be the easiest,

10:00

that didn't mean I still couldn't mess it up.

10:03

Ah! All right.

10:04

- [Erni] Okay, I'm going to turn this on for you

10:05

and then you turn the gun to that direction

10:09

and then tap, tap, tap.

10:11

- [Safiya] And with everyone holding their breath,

10:13

I went for my first stroke,

10:14

and somehow from the depths of my soul.

10:17

- [Tyler] Hell yeah, dude.

10:18

- [Safiya] Pulled out a decently even, nicely curved,

10:21

continuously tufted line for the outer rim of our moon.

10:24

- [Erni] Oh, very good.

10:26

Yay. Perfect.

10:29

- [Tyler] That's perfect?

10:30

- Should I repeat that? That is perfect.

10:32

(Erni and Safiya laugh)

10:33

- And we all breathed a collective sigh of relief.

10:36

No, I don't know if I'll ever be able

10:37

to recreate that moment.

10:38

- [Tyler] Why don't we call it quits?

10:40

- Yeah. (Erni laughs)

10:41

I might have just peaked. - So let me finish remaining.

10:43

- [Tyler] The rest of the video

10:44

is just Erni's face deepfaked onto yours.

10:47

- [Erni] I have to paint in the same nail polish

10:49

and then we do it.

10:51

- [Safiya] I think after the tutorial,

10:52

even I was thinking we may not end up

10:54

with a finished rug at all,

10:56

but here was a glimmer of hope

10:58

and dare I say I was building some momentum.

11:01

Although, it didn't hurt

11:01

that I had both Tyler and Erni

11:03

watching my every move like a hawk.

11:05

- [Tyler] Keep that pressure up.

11:06

Back hand perpendicular. Don't tilt.

11:09

- [Safiya] So I don't know if I can take all the credit.

11:11

I like how you're like my coach.

11:12

- [Tyler] Well, I'm, like, looking right at your hands.

11:14

- [Safiya] And after three more lines

11:16

to finish the outline of the moon.

11:17

Bada-bing.

11:18

It's my little pet. It's soft already.

11:20

It was time to fill in the moon

11:22

by basically tufting long vertical strokes

11:24

in the inside of it.

11:25

- [Tyler] Keep that parallel.

11:26

- Yeah, you can't go to the other side.

11:28

I need you over here. - Okay.

11:29

(Safiya and Tyler laugh)

11:30

- [Safiya] And I feel like we were kind of getting

11:31

into a rhythm, the tufting gun and I.

11:33

I'll try and go a little tighter maybe.

11:35

Oh, turn on.

11:36

I literally forget every time.

11:37

I'm just like ready to go.

11:38

- [Tyler] But that's good safety protocol.

11:40

- [Safiya] We started off as foes

11:42

and now we were more like friend adjacent.

11:44

You know what, Ty, what the tufting gun would be good for?

11:47

- [Tyler] What?

11:47

- Remember that, like, electronics symphony,

11:49

like "Toxic" by Britney Spears

11:50

played on electric toothbrushes?

11:52

- [Tyler] Oh, it'd be great for that.

11:53

- [Safiya] It would be so good at that, right?

11:54

- [Tyler] It does have a little bit of a melody to it.

11:54

- [Safiya] It does. (laughs)

11:56

But before we could send the tufting gun

11:58

to the Device Orchestra,

11:59

(device orchestra music)

12:02

we still had a lot more rug left to tuft.

12:05

Woo, all right. What do we think?

12:06

- Very nice. - Yeah?

12:07

- [Erni] Yes, you're done with the moon.

12:08

- Done. - Yeah!

12:09

- Done with the moon.

12:11

Oh, it looks pretty good.

12:12

- [Tyler] Yeah, right?

12:13

- [Safiya] It looks shaggy, fuzzy.

12:15

- Oh, it feels so nice. - Yeah, baby.

12:18

- [Tyler] Oh, Cosmo's gonna love this.

12:19

- Oh my God. Are you kidding?

12:20

Cosmo will just undo all of my work.

12:22

- [Tyler] That is true.

12:23

- One of Cosmo's signature moves

12:24

is to detuft rugs, actually.

12:26

(Erni laughs)

12:27

So next up, in order of increasing difficulty,

12:30

we had to add the purple shadow to our moon,

12:32

which was kind of intimidating