Q&A with Rag Rugger Heather Ritchie

A few of you will hopefully have caught the BBC 4’s Make! Craft Britain programme that aired in March, earlier this year. Well, I was blown away by the fact that the first episode featured rag rugging… wow, who would have thought it? Finally, rag rugging is getting its due 🙂 Well, the rag rugger …

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018 – Highlights

The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London has become one of the events that I most look forward to every year. It is one of the largest open-submission art shows in the world, which means that anyone, even you or me, could submit a painting or piece of art. In fact, when …

The Ultimate Handmade Hen Do

One of my oldest and best friends is getting married in September this year and earlier this month was her hen do, which I spent the past couple of months organising and coordinating. The bride-to-be, Kellie, wanted a relaxed, non-boozy hen do where everyone would be able to have fun playing games, eating lots of …

The Beauty of Alberto Burri – Burri Collection at Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco

Exploring Umbria: I’m often asked where I get my rag rug inspiration from, but it’s really difficult to give a straight forward answer as it comes from lots of places… pottery in the V&A, architecture, old embroidery… you name it, I probably have an interest in it. Although design inspiration can come from anywhere, it …

Watercolour Workshop in London

As most of you know, I’m a textile lady through and through. Rag rugging stole my heart a long time ago and has kept me entertained for years. Well, last Christmas, one of my friends booked for us to go on a watercolouring class this April and I thought I’d share with you what happens …

Floristry Meets Rag Rugging

Hello everyone, I’m Olivia, the Ragged Life workshop tutor for the York area. This blog post is a little different from normal as its written by myself rather than Elspeth… We wanted to share a new perspective on the enjoyment and creativity that comes with rag rugging, so here I am 😊. I’m originally from …

Valentine’s Day Rag Rug Ideas

I’d like to start this blog post with a little shout out to my Valentine’s Day sweetheart, Christian (who some of you lucky few may have seen cameoed in some of my other blog posts, such as Pottery Throwing at Stepney City Farm). I’m not normally one for mushiness but he puts up with a …

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017

This weekend, I took the opportunity to visit the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2017. It is one of my absolute favourite art exhibitions of the year and has become something I look forward to every summer. This particular exhibition is one of the largest open submission exhibitions in the world and, as such, is jam-packed with …

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 …

Our New Partner – Love Your Clothes

Ragged Life and Love Your Clothes: I have a spot of very exciting news… over the next few months (and hopefully longer), I’m going to be partnering up with Love Your Clothes to help with their campaign to reduce textile waste in the U.K. A staggering amount of clothing ends up in landfill, so I’ll be working …