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 on eight rag rug techniques from all across the world, with thirty new projects to suit every level.

Here’s a sneak peek of the front cover of the new book. Incidentally the cover star basket was made using my friend Claire’s childhood curtains!

Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners book by Elspeth Jackson from Ragged Life
Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners by Elspeth Jackson

It’s not every day that I publish a new book, so in honour of launch, I have scheduled a series of Global Rag Rug Techniques Workshops where you can be the first to learn some of the new techniques from the book with me, Elspeth.

Read on below for what will be covered in these classes or book on here.

What will be covered in the class?

Our Global Rag Rug Techniques Class is designed to introduce you to three of the rag rug techniques from my new book “Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners”. In the workshop, you will learn:

  • Coiled rope rugs – whilst making a colourful plant pot cover. Elspeth will then demonstrate how to apply the techniques you’ve learnt to make coiled rope bowls, baskets and more.
  • Locker hooking – whilst making a coaster. Elspeth will make sure to cover how to work with rug canvas, as well as how to scale your locker hooking up to larger projects.
  • Peg loom weaving – whilst making a cushion front or placemat. Elspeth will talk you through all her tips on setting up the loom, balancing fabric weights and finishing projects neatly.

Below, you can see some examples of the three techniques covered in the workshop. The projects below are featured in Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners.

What’s included in the workshop?

  • All materials used in the class. You will have the option to buy the tools and materials for any of the new rag rug techniques at the end of the workshop if you’ve caught the rag rug bug.
  • Refreshments
  • Plenty of 1-2-1 tutelage

What do I need to bring?

  • Your lovely self
  • A packed lunch
  • (Optional) Fabric \ old clothing – particularly if you’d like to work with a specific colour scheme or have fabrics with sentimental value that you’d like to incorporate.

Umming and ahhing whether to book on? Pop me an email at if you’ve got any further questions or, book onto one of our Book Launch Workshops here.

Twining Workshops:

The rag rug “twining” technique covered in Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners is a little more involved than some of the other new rag rug techniques, which is why we have chosen to separate it out and cover the technique in a separate full day workshop. This is what the twining technique of rag rugging looks like… (psst, this is one of the projects in my book Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners).

Twined placemat from Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners by Elspeth Jackson.
Twined Placemat

If you are interested in learning the techniques of twining whilst making a pretty placemat, click through below for the dates we have available to learn:

Book your place here.

p.s. apologies that we currently only have twining classes available in these two locations for the time being. We are easing ourselves in gradually. Please do bear with us.

Right, that’s a brief intro to our special Global Rag Rug Techniques Workshops. I can’t wait to teach you. Remember, when they’re gone, they’re gone, so book your place now to avoid missing out.

Can’t make it to the workshop, but interested in the Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners (my new book)? It’s available on the Ragged Life website here.

Elspeth x

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