Q&A with Rag Rugger Diane Cox

I first came across the rag rug work of Diane Cox when I stumbled across a YouTube video of a “We are not doormats” rag rug exhibition in Cornwall. I absolutely adored many of the gorgeous pieces in the video, so did my research and found out that one of the textile artists featured in the show …

Our New Ragged Life Company Rag Rug

As some of you already know, I teach and exhibit at some of the largest craft fairs across the country. I’m an expert tutor at the Knitting and Stitching Shows and Living Crafts Fairs, for example. A lot of work goes into getting prepared for these shows, particularly if you’re a perfectionist like I am. Whenever …

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, …

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 …

100% Wool Blanket Yarn for Rag Rugging

A year ago or so, I was wandering around the Knitting and Stitching when I came across a stand that was selling lots of lovely yarns and silks. I was having a bit of rummage around when I came across a solitary hank of blanket yarn. It wasn’t really a material that I’d considered rag …

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 …

My Mum’s Latest Beautiful Rag Rug

You may have seen a sneak peek of this beautiful rag rug over on the Ragged Life Instagram or Facebook page, but finally you get to see it in all its gloriously quirky glory. Below is the story of how this Sicilian Rag Rug came about (as told by my mum, Victoria) and plenty of …

Ragged Life Students’ Rag Rug Designs

Since 2017, I have been featuring students’ rag rug designs in a Student Spotlight section of my fortnightly Rag Rug Inspiration Newsletter (which you can sign up to here if you’d like). It seemed a shame that these photos disappeared into the ether once they’d been sent out so I thought I would compile all of …

The Ragged Life Hertfordshire HQ

Hello lovely crafters! We thought it was about time we gave those of you who haven’t had the chance to pop down to our Ragged Life Hertfordshire HQ a bit of a peek of what it’s like in our studio so here it goes! One of the most important parts of any successful studio space is …

Ragged Life Rag Rug Cushions

Rag Rug Cushions are a fab way to add a pop of colour and individuality to a room. They are one-off pieces that you’ll never ever see at Mrs. Potts’ house down the road. We find that they even become a talking point of a room! The textured rag rugging gives patterns depth whilst the volume of fabric …