About Rug Makers Yarn

Hi I am Melissa Monroe, I started Rug Makers Yarn in 2021 to share my custom rug yarn colors. I am from and located in Portland, OR.  I am a full time multi disciplinary artist since 2014.  I live with my 3 kids, boyfriend and 2 dogs in a house that was converted into a house from a church that was previously a house.  I love meeting new tufters and sharing my process through workshops I teach in Portland. You can see my art on my website here --- https://shop.melissamonroeart.com/

The story of Rug Makers yarn 

As a long time painter I found the color selection that was available in affordable wool tufting yarn to be lacking and not to my palette taste. As a professional artist I only wanted to use the best materials and although I tried working with craft store yarn I found it to not create the same texture and fullness that wool provided. 

I looked high and low for wholesale options for rug yarn and dyers and I could not find it.  I reached out to one of my art collectors I knew use to be a rug maker in the 80s.  I paid her to consult me about how to wholesale and after months of working with a small batch dyers I had my first order of yarn!

I had many other tufters in Portland that wanted to buy my colors so I started selling it off my website.  And now it's a growing business.  Never did I think I would own a yarn business but here I am! You never know where you'll end up if you follow your dreams.