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Yarn and Yarntypes

There are tons of different yarn types out there and chosing the right yarn can be a bit overwhelming at times. Below you find a list of all the common yarns we used so far. If you have experience with other types, let us know about it so we can share knowledge with everyone on here.

For tufting it does not matter what type it is as long as it fits through the needle of the machine and is spun properly so it won’t just tear apart.

We did stuff like feeding 32 strings of knitting yarn through the tufting gun. It works great, it looks great and it feels great! So don’t be afraid to experiment a bit.

Yarns comes in skeins, balls or cones.
When tufting you want to feed an amount of yarn through your needle that still allows it to move without any force but won’t slip out either if you don’t hold onto it. So you would want a cone or a ball where you can pull from the inside.

To get a feeling of the thickness of the yarns you are purchasing online, you need to understand the WPI system. Follow the link to learn more about WPI.


Wool is for sure the most durable yarn you can choose. Wool has been used to make rugs for hundreds of years and these still last!

Of course wool is not the most sustainable or the most animal friendly yarn, but luckily most yarn will come from New Zealand: New Zealand has one of the longest traditions of sheep wool ‘’production’’. They know how to take care of their sheep.

Storing your wool: We recommend storing your wool in a place that is dry, cool and dark. Generally speaking you can expect your wool to last about for about three years. Of course the wool won’t fall apart after three years but it can get brittle and weaker. Keep that in mind when buying and storing for a longer period of time.

Also: Wool is fire resistant! We offer a wide range of wool in our shop Tuftinglove.com. We are also open to your color suggestion. Leave us an email at yarns@tuftinglove.com

Thrifted Wool

With thrifted wool you need to check the strength. As described above, wool is aging as well. We recommend trying to try pulling it apart. You will realize immediately when the good times for the wool are over.

We once bought wool that would basically disappear into dust when trying to feed it.

We are working with a big spinning mill at the moment to bring their overproduction to the shop Tuftinglove.com soon. This Wool is perfectly fine for tufting, just that the color is a bit off from the last batch and thats why their very demanding customers won’t accept it – so usually they would have to throw it in the bin. We are planning to bring this wool to you at an incredible price!

Banana Silk

Banana silk is made out of banana fiber, is super soft and has a beautiful shine to it. Durability is comparable to wool.
We offer some Banana Silk in our shop Tuftinglove.com. We are also looking into expanding our offer and would like to know what colors you would want to have. Leave us an email at yarns@tuftinglove.com.


The Soy-Aloe yarn is made from soybean fiber and aloe viscose. It’s a great alternative to wool. It’s very soft and visually appearing like a mix of wool and cotton.
We are planning to bring Soy-Aloe to Tuftinglove.com soon.


Peppermint Yarn is made from 100% Viscose of the Peppermint plant. It is very soft and has a silky shine to it.

We are planning to bring Mint Yarn to Tuftinglove.com soon. If you wanna leave your votes for colors, follow the link


Cotton is maybe the most popular natural alternative to wool. There are products like recycled cotton yarn to tuft. It’s made from shredded clothes and spun into beautiful cotton yarn.

Acrylic Yarn

Acrylic Yarn is maybe the cheapest out there, but it’s also not gonna last. We do not recommend doing rugs with it. It will wear off very fast and you will not have a rug thats gonna last long.It’s totally fine for wallhangings! Because you will have no wear and tear on a wallhanging you are good to go for acrylic yarn.

Milk protein yarn

Milk Yarn is made from the milk protein Casein. Milk Yarn is the fluffiest thing we ever touched.We would recommend it for wallpieces

We are planning to bring the milkyarn to Tuftinglove.com soon.

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