Last weekend, I headed over to Wiltshire to run a full day rag rug workshop at The Craft Space in Trowbridge. Katie, who coordinates all the wonderful workshops there, grew up with craft in her blood. Her mother is the owner of popular Trowbridge craft shop, Fabric Magic, so Katie grew up sewing, stitching and making beautiful handmade things – lucky thing! Although Katie is a dressmaking genius, rag rugging is probably one of the few crafts she hasn’t tried, which is where I come in. I’d been looking to run my Ragged Life Rag Rug Classes in new locations across the UK for a while now, but I’d never made it out further West than Reading. Hence the Wiltshire Rag Rug Workshop at The Craft Space was organised. Below are a few photos from my first class there last weekend and if you’re interested in booking onto a future Rag Rug Workshop in Trowbridge, you can find upcoming dates here. Hope you love The Craft Space as much as I did!
My First Wiltshire Rag Rug Workshop:
On Saturday, 10th June, 2017, I set off from Hertfordshire to Trowbridge at 6:20am…. yes, super early! I’m definitely not a morning person, but the sun was shining and I could already tell that it was shaping up to be a nice day (which made the 6am start that little bit easier).
The Craft Space is pretty striking when you arrive – bright blue doors and a jolly orange sign set into a rustic brick wall. Apparently the building used to be a weaving factory so Katie is keeping its crafty heritage going.
I always like to get to any class I’m running early, so that I can set things up exactly as I like it. The Wiltshire Rag Rug Workshop was no different and I arrived at 8:40am for a workshop that began at 10:00am (oops, slight miscalculation on my part but better early than late!) After manoeuvring all my rag rug materials inside, I set out the table for the four ladies I would be teaching that day.
After making sure the table was looking spick and span, I laid out a few of my rag rug pieces for a spot of inspiration. For this workshop, I brought along my Cosmic Rug, Matisse cushion, Spring Basket and a few other small projects from my book “Rag Rugs, Pillows & More”.
And then the workshop began… My four rag rug beginners were enthusiastic, funny and great company for the day. They picked up both the techniques well and I can’t wait to see their creations!
So that was my first ever Wiltshire rag rug workshop 🙂 I had lots of fun and can’t wait to run more workshops there in the future. If you’d like to find out more details on my rag rug classes, head over to www.raggedlife.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
p.s. As if you needed another reason to book onto a workshop in Trowbridge, it’s only a hop and a skip from the beautiful city (or town?) or Bath so you can make a weekend of it like I did. Below are a few photos I took in Bath, which will hopefully inspire you to visit if you haven’t already.