Live Online Class - Beginner Rag Rug Techniques



Wherever you are in the country, you can now learn how to rag rug with one of the UK's rag rug experts in our new Ragged Life Live Online Workshops. This online workshop includes all the materials to get you going which we will post out to you before the class. Tools NOT included. Please ensure you have a latch hook and spring tool before booking this class.

Have fun turning old t-shirts and forgotten favourites into recycled works of art with the age-old skill of rag rugging. In this online class you will learn all the skills you will need to be able to make unique rag rugs, cushions and art to spice up your home. Careful though, it’s addictive!

Learn all the basics of British rag rugging in this 2 hour live online workshop. Familiarise yourself with the tools, learn how to prep fabric, and try three British rag rug techniques. To receive your materials in time for the workshop, please book one week in advance.

Materials included: Practice Hessian, Fabric, Worksheet Online

This workshop is £25 including hessian and fabric, which will be sent to you.

Our rag rug teacher, Elspeth Jackson, is one of the leading rag ruggers in the country. She is one of the expert teachers at the Knitting & Stitching Show, has had a rag rug book, "Rag Rugs, Pillows & More," published on the subject and is a regular in craft magazines - you'll be in very good hands!

This class is suitable for all levels but do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Materials included: Practice Hessian, Fabric, Worksheet Online

If you purchase the 'Tools included' option, you will be send a latch hook, spring tool and a gauge (worth over £26).


Elspeth Jackson at Ragged Life

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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Donna Andronicos - - #39146

A great intro to rag rugging. Looking forward to building on what I've learnt. Thank you!

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Helen Jones - - #36528

One word - BRILLIANT!
Elspeth is so lovely and explains everything very thoroughly. There is so much more to rag rugging than I had thought, and this workshop opened up a whole new craft to me.
I'm really looking forward to creating something totally unique.
It's a very portable craft, and very satisfying to do.
Many thanks to Elspeth.

Response from Ragged Life:

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the class Helen. We love bringing rag rugging to people :-) Thank you for the lovely review

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carol mcalea - - #32384

The time just flew by, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Elspeth gave clear instructions which were easy to follow and despite the fact that I was a beginner, thanks to her I now feel competent enough to start my first project.
We were a small group, which meant it felt like individual teaching and I would recommend this workshop to anyone. The fact that it was online rather than face-to-face made no difference in quality and makes it accessible to all, regardless of their location or situation.
Thank you Elspeth, and Rugged Life, for my new skill!

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Carol, it's great to hear you enjoyed it and you have a new skill. Be sure to keep in touch and share your creations. Elspeth x

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Sarah Brough - - #32303

Elspbeth is a knowledgable and skilful tutor. Lots of encouragement and feedback with clear instructions. As well as the chance to try the 3 core techniques, there was lot of detailed information about all aspects of tackling your own project. I really learned a lot.

Response from Ragged Life:

Thanks Sarah, I'm so glad you enjoyed the class. Make sure you share your makes with us :-)
All the best Elspeth

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Mrs Jennifer Groom - - #32269

A wonderful session, I learnt a great deal and have the confidence to move into projects. Elspeth is an excellent tutor, giving excellent feedback throughout the 2 hours.
Many thanks

Response from Ragged Life:

Thanks Jennifer, I'm so glad you feel confident to strive forward - make sure you share your makes with us :-) All the best Elspeth

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Barbara G - - #32119

This is a great value and well run online course. Tools and equipment all arrived well in advance. Elspeth is really friendly and an excellent teacher. She was very skilled in ensuring that we all mastered the rag rug making techniques. The 2 hours really flew by! I definitely feel confident to now start on my own rag rug projects thanks to this course. Can’t wait to get started!

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Barbara, I'm so glad you enjoyed the class and you feel confident to get going now on your own - make sure you send us pictures of any makes :-)

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Becky - - #32145

Really enjoyed my afternoon session. Very well organised and informative. Definitely learnt sufficient to feel equipped to try my own project.

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Becky, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Make sure you send us pictures of your projects :-)

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Katrina Monkhouse - - #32037

Excellent quality tools sent as kit. Very enjoyable course with very clear instructions. I would willingly attend further courses. Highly recommended.

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Katrina, we're so pleased you enjoyed the class :-) It was a pleasure to teach you.

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Mandy - - #31714

Totally recommend this course. Great dynamic on zoom. Elspeth is friendly and professional. We learnt lots together; three different techniques and time to practise and ask questions.The pack of goodies we were sent included three specialised tools and fabric samples. I started the Sunflower during the class and finished it during the following days. My technique improved and I found it very relaxing.
I feel well equipped to move on to rag rug independently.

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Mandy, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the workshop - you were a perfect student :-)

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Corey - - #31659

Really enjoyed the online workshop! Elspeth was very clear with instruction and welcomed any questions as well as checking in and troubleshooting for each person along the way. I feel very well equiped to start my first rag rug project from this amazing workshop and feel have all the support should I need from the Ragged Life team. Highly recommend!

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Corey, it was a pleasure to teach you. Make sure you send us pictures of your first creation :-)

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Jackie Percivall - - #29802

I really enjoyed this workshop - it was a present from my daughter. Tools/material arrived prior to the day, emails and phone calls to check all ok. Zoom worked really well and Elspeth was brilliant explaining everything clearly. I finished my sunflower and feel very proud - planning my next project now. Thank you

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Jackie, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the workshop, we can't wait to see what you create, keep in touch.

Happy Rag Rugging, Elspeth

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Janice Brinley Codd - - #29801

Elspeth, very patiently, took us through the basic steps and enabled us all to feel confident that we could finish the sunflower project very easily on our own. I finished mine today and was very pleased with the outcome.

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Janet, I'm so pleased you found the workshop useful and that you're pleased with your finished sunflower. Make sure you send us pictures of any future creations. Happy Rag Rugging, Elspeth x

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Sue Seear - - #29789

I really enjoyed this course. Zoom went perfectly and I had received everything I needed to start in the post beforehand. Elspeth was confident, friendly and easy to follow. These are not courses provided just for the lock-down! It's easy to see that Elspeth has been holding in person workshops for a while. I now have the confidence to have a go on my own, and Ragged Life has online tutorials newsletters and advice if we need it. Also they sell the tools and fabrics. Give it a go!

Response from Ragged Life:

Thanks Sue, it was a pleasure to teach you, I'm so glad you found the class enjoyable. Keep in touch and show us your Rag Rug creations.

Happy Rag Rugging, Elspeth

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Alana - - #29765

It was amazing to be able to learn a new craft from the comfort of my own home; no need to spend money on travel; no need to leave my small children for longer than necessary. All the tools and materials needed arrived before hand by post and we got rag rugging really quickly during the course. It is very satisfying and I am busy planning my first full rug :-).
A tip; I joined by mobile phone which was fine but it was sometimes a wee bit hard to see what was going on. A tablet or laptop would have been a tiny bit easier. X

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Alana, I'm so glad you enjoyed the course and got cracking straight away :-) Make sure you show us the finish product!

Also, thanks for the tip to other online crafters.

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Susanna Grant-Haysey - - #29762

In 2 hours I learnt a new craft, from start to finish. I feel that I have now got the skills I need to make rugs, cushions and more that will get me recycling my old clothes and creating modern art for my house.
Thank you.

Response from Ragged Life:

Thanks for much for your kind words Susanna. We can't wait to see what you make!

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