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 rag rug fabrics can I …

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 …

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 …

Frequently Asked Rag Rugging Questions

One of the perks of having taught so many wonderful crafters how to rag rug over the years is that I’ve noticed which questions come up time and time again. So, I’ve picked my most frequently asked Rag Rugging questions and have answered them in the hope that they’re both useful and interesting to everyone. If you have any other questions …

My Pacific Island Rag Rug

Last Christmas I was lucky enough to spend two whole weeks in the closest place to paradise I’ve ever been – Aitutaki in the Pacific Islands (you can see a few photos I took here). When I returned home I vowed that I would create a pacific island rag rug or two based on the beautiful landscapes I …

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

Read all about my quest to create a rag rug piece worthy of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition here. The ups, the downs, the planning behind the piece all laid bare in blog instalments over the year. Sign up to our Ragged Life Inspiration Newsletter to get the instalments delivered to your inbox. BITTEN OFF MORE …

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 …

Making a Rag Rug

“Hooked on Rag Rugging” – the story of a rug in production:  I find it positively rewarding and compulsive to turn a pile of old clothes… …into a beautiful and useful item for the home. It can be a real challenge to stay motivated when making a rag rug as they take so many hours …

How To Cut Material Into Strips

Rag rugging involves an awful lot of cutting of material into strips.  This is not only time-consuming but also the less fun part of the craft so we thought we’d share our technique on how to cut material into strips quickly and efficiently. First things first, get the material you’d like to cut up. For …