The Royal Academy Winter Exhibition 2020

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 normally takes place between June and August every year and is chock full of every kind of art you can possibly imagine (picture paintings plastering every wall from floor to ceiling). …

Behind the Scenes at Ragged Life – 1: Start with a Bang!

Hello lovely readers, thanks for tuning in to my new “Behind the Scenes at Ragged Life” series, where I dish the dirt on what it’s really like to be a full time rag rug maker and crafter. Plus, I’m reliably informed that stream of consciousness writing is supposed to do wonders for your “mindfulness”, so …

Our Ragged Life Rag Rug Plans 2021…

Happy New Year from all of us here at Ragged Life! Last year’s New Year’s blog post reflected back on highlights of the previous year, but in the spirit of exorcising 2020 from my psyche, I’ve decided to skip the “looking back” section this year and focus purely on the looking forward part. I’ve got …

Tartan rag rugs: Tartan is the new black…

We’ve been saving beautiful, woollen selvedge offcuts from the Yorkshire mills for a couple of years now and still the novelty of picking up yet another batch of soft and cuddly yarn hasn’t worn off yet. I think it’s because it’s exciting not knowing what different colours and patterns we’ll get each time we visit. …

Q&A With Textile Artist Liz Alpert Fay

I came across the incredible work of textile artist Liz Alpert Fay on Instagram. It was her unique designs that really caught my eye. Therefore I was particularly excited when Liz Alpert Fay agreed to share more about her amazing textile work. I am looking forward to showcasing what I found out with you and …

5 Ragged Life Gifts for the Craft Lover in your Life

I don’t know about you but this year, more than any other, I really want to find the perfect presents for my loved ones. There’s nothing like time apart to make you appreciate who you have in your life. This year, I’m trying to avoid big stores and “shop small”, and if you’re trying to …

Q&A with Textile Artist Stephanie Fradette

In the midst of my research into rug weaving, I came across the stunning textile work of talented artist Stephanie Fradette. It was her beautiful use of colour and texture in her woven pieces that really intrigued me. She instantly became a prime candidate for our textile artist Q&A on the blog. Read below to …

Rag Rug Stocking – Free Ragged Life Pattern

In the spirit of Christmas, today I’m sharing a free rag rug project pattern to keep you occupied through the cold days of December. I wracked my brain for what would be a small, fun project to make in the lead up to Christmas and couldn’t think of anything more festive than a rag rug …

Cosy Cottage Proggy Rug

My mum, Victoria, has been on an absolute rag rug roll recently. Remember her upholstered rag rug chair from only a few weeks ago. Well, she’s been at it again and I wanted to share her latest proggy rug, made for a cottage with flagstone floors in the Lake District.  This particular rug (done in the shaggy technique of rag rugging with a …

Q&A with Textile Artist Simone Elizabeth Saunders

I came across the work of textile artist Simone Elizabeth Saunders online and was instantly intrigued by her bold designs. Her rugs and wall hangings are truly unique. Here we’ve shared our Q&A from February of this year with the talented lady herself along with a selection of Simone’s beautiful and bright pieces… Hi Simone …