Q&A with Rag Rugger Diane Cox

I first came across the rag rug work of Diane Cox when I stumbled across a YouTube video of a “We are not doormats” rag rug exhibition in Cornwall. I absolutely adored many of the gorgeous pieces in the video, so did my research and found out that one of the textile artists featured in the show …

Our Handmade Berber Rag Rug in Mollie Makes Magazine

This month, my face and one of my rag rugs is gracing the pages of Issue 103 of Mollie Makes magazine – yay! For those of you who haven’t come across the magazine before, it’s one of my favourites for modern craft inspiration. Every issue is chock-full of colourful and contemporary designs from modern makers, like …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Our New Ragged Life Company Rag Rug

As some of you already know, I teach and exhibit at some of the largest craft fairs across the country. I’m an expert tutor at the Knitting and Stitching Shows and Living Crafts Fairs, for example. A lot of work goes into getting prepared for these shows, particularly if you’re a perfectionist like I am. Whenever …

How to Make a Remembrance Day Rag Rug Poppy

Sunday, 11th November, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I. Every year, I make myself a poppy or buy one if I haven’t had the time. This small gesture is a simple reminder of what people like my great-grandparents went through and I feel pretty passionately that it’s something we should …

My Mum’s Sari Silk Rag Rug

As many of you know, I was taught how to rag rug by my darling mum, Victoria. She still makes beautiful rag rugs (you can see another one of her other creations here) and is a colour-lover like myself. Below is her latest gorgeous creation and, as usual, she has outdone herself. If you like the rug, …

Rag Rug Bouquet of Flowers

It’s official, I’ve become addicted to making 3D rag rug flowers. Ever since I came up with the pattern to make my first rag rug bouquet, I’ve been on an absolute spree. The thing is, I find it therapeutic (which can’t always be said about some of my larger rugs). It’s a quick and fun project …