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Every weekend, Beijing's iHome tufting workshop attracts tufting fans working on their creations and handcraft lovers who spend the day carefully weaving yarn.

It turns out firing a yarn-loaded craft gun through fabric is therapeutic. At least that's one reason why student Nora Peng took up weaving rugs. 

She is one of many young people taking up the hobby and taking a break from the demands of daily city life. 

"I think tufting is very stress-relieving," she told AFP. 

First-time tufter Yan Xinyue said: "It requires a lot of patience, but as long as you get the hang of it, tufting is not difficult."

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Social media influencer Shi Ba is also one of many social media influencers into the craftwork.

"I like handcrafting activities, so I came here for a challenge. Making this gave me a sense of satisfaction, and it's suitable for young people who have some fun," Shi said.

There are now more than 140 tufting workshops in Beijing. 

Founder of the iHome Tufting workshop Xu Shen told AFP: "I think there are three reasons for tufting to become popular in China. The first is that it is a very stress-relieving activity. The whole process of using a tufting guy to work on a rug is something that makes you forget about tedious work and just focus on making craftwork."

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