Victoria’s Coiled Rope Basket

My mum Victoria is the original person who taught me how to do the traditional British styles of rag rugging (shaggy and loopy) and she has years of experience under her belt. It was therefore interesting when, over lockdown, I wrote my second book featuring other rag rug techniques from across the world. Suddenly, the …

Eco Weaving Guest Workshop with Lucy Sugden

With our brand spanking new studio finally up and running, in 2023 we are inviting some talented teachers to run guest workshops for us in the glorious Hertfordshire countryside. As we’re all about sustainability, many of these classes will have an eco slant to them, whether that’s upcycling, stash-busting or giving items a new lease …

My Handmade Wedding Table Plan

In May of this year, I’ll be heading to the lovely town of Lucca in Tuscany, Italy to celebrate getting married to my lovely partner in crime Christian. As a full time crafter, I’m kind of expected to make lots of pretty things for the wedding, but I must admit that up until Christmas, I …

Q&A with Punch Needle Experts – The Modern Crafter

This Autumn 2022, we’ve paired up with punch needle experts “The Modern Crafter” to run a couple of exciting guest workshops at our rag rug studio in Hertfordshire. As a little appetiser to those classes (which you can book onto here if you’re interested), we thought it would be nice to find out a little …

5 Questions Rag Rug Beginners May Ask

There are many questions whizzing through people’s heads when they first start to rag rug. I’ve already answered a few of these crucial rag rug questions in my first blog post “7 Questions a Rag Rug Beginner May Have” and below is Part 2 with questions supplied by some of our wonderful Ragged Life fans, …

Our Rag Rug Materials Explained

Here at Ragged Life, we love nothing more than saving fabrics from going to landfill. That’s why, over the years, the number of rag rug materials that we stock on our Online Shop has got larger and larger. You should see the fabric mountain that is our studio!!! In this blog post, we wanted to …

Q&A with Rag Rug Maker Extraordinaire, Victoria Jackson

HI VICTORIA, WOULD YOU MIND TELLING US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BACKGROUND PLEASE? Hello, I’m Victoria. Some of you may know me as the founder of Ragged Life, Elspeth’s, mum. She asked me to feature in one of these Q&As as I’m the one who originally taught her how to rag rug and …

Global Rag Rug Techniques Workshops

In case you happened to miss it, in 2021 I’ve been working on a new rag rug book and boy has it been a journey. Where my first book “Rag Rugs, Pillows and More” covered the traditional shaggy and loopy techniques of traditional British rag rugging, my new book “Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners” takes …

Behind the Scenes at Ragged Life: July Flower Tree Cottage

The past couple of months have been pretty busy ones here at the Ragged Life HQ. Not only because I finally got around to finishing the final projects for my new book, but also because my mum and I have been renovating her cottage in the Lake District. Below you can find a brief overview …

Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon on the Ragged Life Shop

At its heart, rag rug making is all about recycling. We use up old textiles and clothing that would otherwise go to waste; turning them into something beautiful. Over the past fews years, the Ragged Life team and I have made it our mission to not only target our own personal textile waste, but also …