A Colourful Trip to Mexico

Hola amigas and amigos. I’ve recently returned from one of my bucket list holiday destinations… Mexico! I’d been meaning to visit for a while for a number of reasons – artisan craft markets, flavourful food, ancient pyramids, beautiful beaches, Frida Kahlo… and so much more. Although this holiday was very much a “holiday holiday” to …

Craft Storage Makeover – Our Wonderful Wall of Wool!

Us crafters aren’t exactly known for our minimalist living. I’m always saving and rescuing scraps of fabric, beautiful buttons or zips because I just know that they’ll come in handy… some day 🙂 Plus, it helps that you can use just about any old scrap of fabric to rag rug with! With your average crafter, …

Rag Rug Coffee Morning in Hertfordshire

Our fortnightly rag rug coffee morning in Hertfordshire is something I really look forward to every month. It’s a lovely way to spend a couple of hours chatting with other rag ruggers, getting advice and feedback on your latest rag rug project, and of course having a nice cuppa and a biscuit or two! When …

A Wonderful Weekend at Woolfest

We recently got back from a wonderful long weekend spent at Woolfest in Cockermouth, Cumbria and before life gets in the way (doesn’t it just have a habit of doing that!), we really wanted to gush about why we think the fair was well worth the five hour car journey. It’s a fair distance from …

An Inside Look at the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2019

As many of you Ragged Life followers know, I’m a HUGE HUGE fan of Mollie Makes magazine. The projects they feature are exactly my cup of tea. In fact, earlier this year they even featured my Berber style rag rug, so you know they have good taste 🙂 Well, a few weeks ago, I eeeked …

5 Questions a Rag Rug Beginner may Have

The latest member of the Ragged Life team is the lovely Emma from Hitchin. Emma is completely new to the world of rag rugging, so we thought we’d take advantage of her fresh eyes to find out what burning questions a rag rug beginner may have when they first start out. But, before we get started …

My New Wapping Flat – A Crafter’s Home

I’m completely biased, but I think that the best place to live in London is Wapping, near Tower Bridge. For me, it still feels like a quaint cobbled community, despite how close it is to Zone 1. It’s definitely to do with its geography. Wapping is conveniently nestled in the bend in the river, which …

Emmie… our new addition to the Ragged Life team

Ragged Life mostly consists of me (Elspeth), my mum, Victoria (the original rag rugger who gets dragged into my hair-brained plans) and a small group of talented rag ruggers who help me out when the commissions come through thick and fast. With such a small team, it’s extremely exciting when we get to welcome a …

A Social History of Rag Rugging

A Social History of Rag Rugging: In my line of work, I’ve spoken to thousands of people about the history of rag rugging, and what has really struck me from all these encounters is the feelings that the craft evokes. Some of us remember relatives making rag rugs, others were forced to cut up the fabric against their …

The Ragged Life Team

The newest member of the Ragged Life team is the crazy, but cool Joyce. Here are 5 reasons why I think she’s awesome and a perfect fit for Ragged Life: 1) Joyce absolutely adores crafts. Not only is Joyce an avid rag rugger, but she is also rarely to be found without a pair of knitting needles. …