What are Rag Rug Scissors & why are they so great?

If you’ve ever browsed the Ragged Life online shop or have seen me chattering away at one of the fairs then you may have come across our Ragged Life Rag Rug Fabric Scissors. The thing is, if you haven’t used them before then you probably don’t know what makes them different from ordinary fabric scissors… …

Q&A with Rag Rugger Stephanie Gaston

I first “met” rag rugger Stephanie Gaston by email back in 2017. She had bought a pair of my Ragged Life Rag Rug Scissors online and sent me a very kind email to tell me how much she loved them. We sent a few emails back and forth and I soon discovered that she’d made …

2019 Eco Challenge – Eco-friendly packaging

In case you missed my first blog post of the year, 2019 is going to be an eco-conscious year for me. Every month, I am replacing one product in my household with a more eco-friendly alternative product, as well as taking on an eco-friendly challenge for the duration of the month. I’m calling it my “2019 …

Our Winter Warmer Cosy Rag Rug

The Story Behind the Rag Rug: As with many crafters, I’m heavily influenced by the seasons and weather. When it’s warm and sunny outside (like Summer 2018, which was a scorcher), my designs tend to be light, bright and fresh. Whereas, in winter, my rag rugs are much more likely to be thick, lush and …

Q&A with Rag Rugger Victoria Goulden

I first came across the rag rug work of Victoria Goulden on Instagram and was immediately enthralled by her colourful, contemporary rag rug creations. So, I got in touch to see whether she would be willing to answer some questions and share more of her work. And she said “yes”! What’s more, she turned out …

The 2019 Eco Challenge

The 2019 Eco Challenge: I’ve never been a big one for New Year’s Resolutions (I think I’m still scarred from my attempts to make it past the first week of January with no cheese), but this year I really wanted to use the new year momentum as a kick off to lead a slightly more …

My Talented Mother’s Latest Handmade Rag Rug

The Story Behind this Handmade Rag Rug: My mum, Victoria, has been on a rag rug marathon recently and has been knocking out one gorgeous handmade rag rug after another – this rug and this rug, for example. Her latest creation, however, began in a slightly unconventional way. Months ago, we were given a piece of …

Rag Rugging with T-shirt Yarn – Hoooked

I’ve been making rag rugs for over fourteen years now…. about half my lifetime in fact. After sticking with one craft intensively for such a long time, it’s important to try new things to keep things interesting. I’m, therefore, always on the lookout for new project ideas, new innovations that can be applied to rag …

A Fresh Look at the Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching Show

Earlier this month, the Ragged Life team headed over to north London for the Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching Show 2018. As many of you regulars know by now, I like to share a few of my highlights after such shows. This means that even if you couldn’t make it on the day, you can …

Review: Workzone Cordless Cutter

I’m always on the look out for ways to make rag rugging quicker and easier. Over the years, I’ve discovered a number of tricks and “hacks” that save both time and effort (you can read some of my rag rugging hacks here). Without a doubt, one of the most time-consuming parts of rag rugging is …