Rag Rug Fabrics – what can & can’t be used

When I was completely new to rag rugging, I found myself understanding the process and methods fairly quickly and really just wanted to get stuck in straight away. However, a few important questions cropped up as I started gathering ideas and materials for my first project. The main being- what fabric can be used to …

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 …

Cream Rag Rug Commission

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m an unapologetic lover of colour. In shops, I immediately make a beeline for bright things (like a moth to the flame) and my home and studio couldn’t be further from monochrome (just look at my flat). Although I love designing and making colourful rag rugs, personally some of my …

Advanced Rag Rug Workshop – London & Hertfordshire

Anyone who has tried rag rugging before will hopefully agree with me when I say that it’s definitely one of the easier crafts to learn. Making a rag rug doesn’t involve lots of complicated stitches, it doesn’t require oodles of concentration (you should see me crocheting!) and there are very few mistakes that can’t be …

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 …

Visit the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show 2017

THE HARROGATE KNITTING & STITCHING SHOW 2017: I may feel like I’ve only just recovered from the Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show last month (which you can see my highlights from here), but the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show has crept up on me and is just around the corner… wow, wherever did the …

Our New Ragged Life Rag Rug Spring Tool

After over a year of development, our Ragged Life Rag Rug Spring Tool is finally here and this is what it looks like in all its glory: In this blog post we thought we would share with a little about the tool, the story behind it and why we’re so darn pleased that we’ve finally …

Highlights from the Knitting and Stitching Show 2017

From Wednesday to Sunday last week (11th-15th October, 2017), I was sharing the Ragged Life love at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Over the course of the week, I ran workshops for rag rug beginners and did demos from my Ragged Life stand in the Great Hall. I never get as much …

Visit us at the Alexandra Palace Knitting & Stitching Show 2017

The Knitting & Stitching Show 2017: Oh my golly gosh! Wherever has the time gone? It feels like only yesterday that I was booking a stand to display my Ragged Life wares at the Alexandra Palace Knitting & Stitching Show 2017 and now it’s only a couple of weeks away (11th-15th October)… eek! This is …

The Settlement Rag Rug Wall Hanging

The Settlement Rag Rug Wall Hanging: I’ve been working with The Settlement in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire for a while now. They’re an excellent adult education centre running courses in every skill and craft under the sun. Seriously… languages, fitness, arts & crafts… they do it all. Their headquarters is this characterful Art & Crafts …