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 …

Q&A with textile and fibre artist Yvonne Iten Scott

I was recently very fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with textile artist Yvonne Iten Scott. Yvonne kindly shared with me her beautiful and varied hooked artworks as well as her passion for the industry and her future plans… Hi Yvonne Iten Scott! Would you mind telling us a little about yourself and your …

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 …

Q&A with textile artist Selby Hurst Inglefield

I was lucky enough recently to get the opportunity to talk to textile artist Selby Hurst Inglefield about her unique and original rugs. When I first saw her artwork I was fascinated by the distinctive imagery of her designs and was eager to find out more about her passion for the textile industry and where …

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 …

Q&A with Fibre Artist Trish Andersen

I first stumbled across Trish Andersen’s show-stopping textile installations on Instagram and was completely mesmerised and awe struck by her rainbow stair runner. Gorgeous right! Either way, it was love at first sight and I just knew that I wanted Trish to feature on the Ragged Life Blog. We’re fellow colour lovers after all! Well, …

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, …

2019 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy

Art exhibitions can be notoriously hit and miss, but one show that never fails to deliver for me is the annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This annual open-submission art exhibition takes place between June and August every year and is chock full of every kind of art you can possibly imagine. The diversity of the work makes …

Q&A with Donna Mulholland

I first came across Canadian artist, Donna Mulholland online and instantly fell in love with her bright and beautiful hooked wall art! Here is our Q&A and a selection of Donna’s beautiful and bright pieces… Hi Donna! Can you begin by telling us a little bit about yourself and your background?  “I believe that a …

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 …