A Fresh Look at the Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching Show

Earlier this month, the Ragged Life team headed over to north London for the Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching Show 2018. As many of you regulars know by now, I like to share a few of my highlights after such shows. This means that even if you couldn’t make it on the day, you can …

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 …

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 …

Highlights from the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show 2018

It’s been a busy couple of weeks what with CHSI Stitches in Birmingham followed almost immediately by the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show 2018 at Olympia London, but I’ve just about survived it. When I go along to these large craft shows I like to take a look around and see what pretty and interesting …

Highlights from CHSI Stitches 2018

I was up in Birmingham last week to attend CHSI Stitches – one of the largest craft trade fairs in Europe. Although I was there with my Ragged Life wares to sell my kits and tools into craft shops, department stores and garden centres all across the country (yes, I’m trying to start a rag …

Pottery Throwing at Stepney City Farm

Anyone who has met my mum will tell you immediately that she’s an insanely creative and arty lady (which helps when you’re in the textile business like I am). I’d bumped into pottery guru, Jess Jos, at a craft fair before Christmas and knew that my mum would absolutely love her rustic work. So, for Mother’s Day, I booked …

Highlights from CHSI Stitches

Last week I was up at the NEC in Birmingham for my first ever craft trade fair… CHSI Stitches. Although I was there to sell my rag rug kits and tools into craft shops across the country, I couldn’t help taking advantage of a quiet moment to explore the fair and see what other crafty …

Date Day at the William Morris Gallery

My boyfriend, Christian, and I started a fun little tradition in January this year where we take it in turns to organise a fun mystery “date day” for each other every month. Since we started, we’ve done all kinds of crazy activities – everything from Go Ape in Battersea Park to Dim Sum Sunday lunch at …

Rag Rugging at Alexandra Palace

Last week craft enthusiasts flocked to Alexandra Palace in North London for one of the biggest craft events of the year – the Knitting & Stitching Show (www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com). A few months earlier, the Ragged Life team had been asked to run rag rug workshops at the event so armed with hoards of fabric, latch hooks aplenty …

The Renegade Spring Fair, 2015

Originating in the USA, the Renegade Craft Fair showcases products from the best and brightest designer / makers from each area it visits. Although the Renegade Christmas Fair has become well established in London and has built up a loyal following, the Renegade Spring Fair was the first of its kind in the UK. Ragged Life was lucky …