The Short Shaggy Rag Rug Technique

A couple of week’s ago, I shared a blog post showcasing my mum’s beautiful new rag rug made of jewel coloured sari silk. Well, this is the first rug that we’ve ever done in the “Short Shaggy” technique of rag rugging… a new method of rag rugging that we actually invented. Here’s what it looks …

My Mum’s Sari Silk Rag Rug

As many of you know, I was taught how to rag rug by my darling mum, Victoria. She still makes beautiful rag rugs (you can see another one of her other creations here) and is a colour-lover like myself. Below is her latest gorgeous creation and, as usual, she has outdone herself. If you like the rug, …

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 …

New Rag Rug Kids Kit – Make a Rag-a-Monster

We’ve been working on our first Rag Rug Kids Kit for a while now and, finally, after months of experimentation and tweaking, here it is in all its glory… Our new Rag Rug Kids’ Kit is available for to buy on the Ragged Life shop, but below we’ve answered some questions we think you may …

My New Wapping Flat – A Crafter’s Home

I’m completely biased, but I think that the best place to live in London is Wapping, near Tower Bridge. For me, it still feels like a quaint cobbled community, despite how close it is to Zone 1. It’s definitely to do with its geography. Wapping is conveniently nestled in the bend in the river, which …

Rag Rugging on TV – my CBeebies debut on Junk Rescue

CBeebies – Junk Rescue: It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that in my line of work I’ve done some slightly strange, but cool things over the years… rag rugging giant display wreaths, live upcycling challenges, rag rugged outfits… the list goes on. Well, my latest exploit is that I’m currently on BBC iPlayer, …

Ragged Life Rag Rug Kits – Our New Range

Rag Rug Kits – Our New Ragged Life Range: Late last year, we were finally able to launch our new Rag Rug Spring Tool… a tool which made shaggy rag rugging quicker and easier than ever before. Well, that left us in a bit of a pickle as most of our Ragged Life rag rug …

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 …