Ribbon Weaving with Blanket Yarn

Every couple of weeks our Hertfordshire rag ruggers gather together for our Rag Rug Coffee Morning in Great Wymondley near Hitchin (except during self-isolation at the moment). It’s such a nice occasion to see what others are making and to get inspired by their creations, all whilst having a good natter over tea and biscuits …

My modern, simple rag rug

We all have that one craft project lying around that just seems to take aggeeess! Well, this rug has been my UFO (unfinished object) for a while now and I can’t tell you how chuffed I am that it’s finally done. And, what’s more for a simple rag rug, it turned out really well. Ta …

Boucherouite rug inspiration

It probably comes as no surprise to you that a tradition of rag rugging can be found all across the world. For hundreds of years, different cultures have used their local materials and creativity to make distinctive rug designs, ranging from the the jewell-coloured Chindi rugs of India, to the more muted finely-woven rag rugs …

Pink Rag Rug Inspired by Matthew Williamson

I’ve done quite a lot of copy writing recently, what with my War and Peace length blog posts on Woolfest 2019 and The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2019 this month. So, on that note, this pink rag rug showcase isn’t going to be quite as wordy or flowery as normal (I’m worded out, would you …

How to Make a Rag Rug Cushion

Since I made my first inaugural rag rug outfit back in 2004, I’ve made many many rag rug cushions. What’s more, since founding Ragged Life in 2014, I’ve taught hundreds of people how to rag rug cushions in my workshops. All in all, they’re a project I feel pretty confident with, so I thought I’d …

Our Mondrian Inspired Rag Rug

Generally, I like to create my own rag rug designs or even improvise colours and patterns as I go along. However, from time to time, it’s nice to take inspiration from one of the greats. Our latest Ragged Life rag rug was inspired by one of the pioneers of abstract and modern art… Piet Mondrian. His …

Rag Rug Headband Kit & Hessian

For me, 2018 was all about making pretty Rag Rug Bouquets (seriously, I got well and truly addicted). Well, 2019 is the year of the Rag Rug Headband. I’ve been playing around with making rag rug headbands for quite a few years now (in fact, I think I made my first one in 2006!), but I’ve never truly …

Q&A with Textile Artist Sue Dove

Hi Sue Dove, would you mind telling us a little about yourself and how you got into making rag rugs? I’ve always been a maker and I loved creating things from a very young age.  Doing a Textile degree in the 1970s at Liverpool School of Art was a natural progression and I specialised in …

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 …