Rag Rug Half Day Workshop - Hertfordshire

Loopy and Shaggy Rag Rug Cushions


Have fun turning old t-shirts and forgotten favourites into recycled works of art with the age-old skill of rag rugging. In this half day 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!

In this workshop, which is run at our Ragged Life Rag Rug HQ in Great Wymondley, Hertfordshire you will learn all the rag rug basics – how to use the rag rug equipment, how to select and prepare materials and how to do the two types of rag rugging (loopy and shaggy). You will be provided with all the materials you need on the day (including a latch hook to take home) and will start a small rag rug project during the class (traditionally a jolly rag rug flower)

Part of the charm of rag rugging is often in the memories attached to old clothes, you're welcome to bring along any of your own clothing you’d like to incorporate, particularly if you have clothing with sentimental value that you'd like to use.

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.


We’re determined to make the rag rug classes as fun and seamless as possible. We will however have some extra precautions in place to make sure everyone stays safe:

- The class will be capped to ensure we observe social distancing
- All the rag rug tools will be disinfected before the workshop and at the end of the workshop.
- Everyone will be asked to disinfect their hands upon arriving at the workshop and leaving.
- Teas, coffees and refreshments will be provided as usual, but we’ll be using single-use compostable cups, or please bring along your own reusable one.
- If you would like to buy any rag rug tools at the end of the workshop, we will only be taking card payments (we have an iZettle card machine).

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?

This class includes everything you need for your rag rug project. You'll be provided with tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the class. Also included is a free rag rug latch hook to take home with you.


Lizzie at Ragged Life
The Coach House
Delamere House
Great Wmyondley, Hitchin

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
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In-person course
peter Dell - - #31474

Great course, presented really well and just a really enjoyable 3 hours.

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Peter, I'm glad you and your party enjoyed the morning learning to rag rug :-)

In-person course
Angela Avila Garcia - - #30057

Fantastic socially distanced rag rugging class, very well thought out,very well presented thank you Elspeth and thank you Elspeth's Mum. X

Response from Ragged Life:

Thank you Angela, we're so pleased you enjoyed the workshop. Thank you for being such a willing guinea pig for our first 'al fresco' class.

In-person course
Magda - - #22831

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, with a small group of interesting people and in such a beautiful setting. This was a completely new craft for me that I'd never tried before. We had great instruction and good company, washed down with lots of teas and coffees.
We were shown precisely how to use the various hooking tools and given thorough guidance in the most efficient way of producing the rag strips for our pieces, then we were well on our way. Elspeth's book is full of inspiration with clear pictures and diagrams, and lovely photos of finished projects. While we worked we were given tips and hints, and our work was inspected which helped us make corrections in the way we worked.
I enjoyed my afternoon so much, I look forward to attending another workshop and perhaps tackling a more ambitious project.

In-person course
Pam Green - - #8035

Lovely afternoon spent learning this craft, very informative , nice company. Still practising .
Would recommend this to anyone interested. All equipment provided including tea coffee and biscuits.

In-person course
Jane Rouse - - #7527

Great morning learning rag rugging techniques, starting with a small project and then beginning a larger project to build up confidence. I am now busy building on the skills I learnt to finish my cushion cover whilst planning future projects. Elspeth's book is a really helpful reference as well as offering inspiration for future projects. Thank you Elspeth.

In-person course
Lynda - - #7415

What a great way to spend a morning! Great company and expert tutor providing knowledge and encouragement. I had never picked up a latch tool but at the end of three hours I was confident to go home and continue the cushion I started at the course.

Already I have spent two happy evenings in front of the TV working on my cushion and have even roped in my other half to cut up strips of fabric for me. So relaxing for both of us and a craft I look forward to continuing with for many years.

Highly recommend Elspeth and her book for guidance.

In-person course
Victoria - - #6381

Really enjoyed the course and came away inspired to use my new found rag rug making skills! Elspeth was very welcoming and patient explaining the techniques. Would thoroughly recommend this course.

In-person course
Jaiminee - - #6075

A surprise present for my friend and we loved it! Had a great time with Elspeth learning a new craft. A great teacher and in a super location! Would definitely recommend as an easy craft to pick up and great for doing something with old clothes :-)

In-person course
Joyce - - #5923

Fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed this course, would recommend it to any fellow crafter.

In-person course
April and Laura - - #4903

I booked this course as a surprise for my crafty other half and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The intimate setting allowed 3 to one tuition, plenty of crafty chatter and cake!

In-person course
Catherine Little - - #4902

This was a delightful morning spent learning a new craft. All the materials were provided, with printed resources to take home for reference or practice. Elspeth had a vast wealth of experience to share with us, and she delivered it with warmth and humour (not to mention cakes and coffee). The small group size meant that we got great individual support....and we found it hard to drag ourselves away. The 'hotline' for assistance is a very generous offer too!
Give it a go........throughly recommended, and good value for money.

In-person course
Judith Shaw - - #3687

My friend and I had a wonderful morning in in Elspeths's warm and welcoming kitchen. Good company, lovely tea and biscuits and a new craft learnt. Elspeth gave us clear and expert tuition in the different kinds of rag rugging and after a short practice provided all the materials needed to create a ragged masterpiece. We all made a good start on our chosen piece and Elspeth was happy to provide help if we hit problems finishing our item at home. thanks a lot for a lovely morning and a new craft.

In-person course
Charlotte - - #3676

I can't think of a better way I could have spent that grey, rainy Saturday morning - Elspeth has a great passion for this craft and clearly knows her stuff, she was very generous with her knowledge, tips and advice and also tea, coffee and biscuits! I thought the course was very good value as all materials were included and you could take enough home with you to finish your chosen project. If you think rag rugging could be your thing, this is the best place to start.

In-person course
Janis Young - - #3674

As a novice craft worker I was slightly apprehensive about tackling rag rug making. But the moment I was welcomed by Elizabeth and the other students into her lovely home my fears disappeared . The 2.5 hours flew by with precise teaching and gentle guidance , lots of cups of tea and biscuits and good company. We were given a great range of options ,materials and ideas and so began our journey!
A wonderful start to a new hobby .

In-person course
Cathy McCall - - #3669

Myself and a friend attended the beginners workshop on November 14th.
We learnt how to deconstruct clothes to make the right sort of strips for ragging, how to select and prepare different grades of hessian backing, and then tried out two sorts of ragging - the looped kind and the shaggy kind. After that we had a bit of a practice and then had the run of wonderful boxes filled with all sorts of coloured materials to begin to create our own project. The hardest part was trying to decide what to make from a cushion cover, a Christmas wreath, a pot stand or a letter of the alphabet. We were supplied generously with various teas or coffee and biscuits whilst we worked and the atmosphere with a small group was really lovely. The two and a half hours just zipped past and we all left with the materials and knowledge to complete the work at home. Elspeth was a very enthusiastic teacher, very approachable and her home is a lovely place to spend a morning doing crafts. Thank you so much!

In-person course
Stephanie Foster - - #3077

What a great morning I had learning the basics of rag rugging.
Elspeth was friendly and helpful and an extremely good teacher. She explained and demonstrated clearly and carefully the different types of rag rugging. I left, after the morning's course, with a cushion cover started and the confidence to carry on at home.
Elspeth is extremely talented and it was lovely to see some of her work displayed.

In-person course
Sue Harrison - - #2235

Very helpful course for beginners. Great surroundings and company. Instructor has enormous passion and enthusiasm. Great examples and inspiration on how to apply. Would have liked the course to have been longer so that we had more time to apply our learning.

In-person course
Hazel Dorrington - - #2107

I have just an introductory course on 7/02/2015 at Ragged Life with Elspeth Jackson. She was a great teacher and very inspirational. Can't leave rag rugging alone now as I have all the equipment and knowledge to finish the cushion cover I started at the course and have the hessian and know how to do a rug. What a lovely morning we all had.

In-person course
Pam Calvert - - #2105

A helpful introductory course for complete beginners taught with great passion and enthusiasm for the subject. Too short to really get very far with individual pieces but everyone on my course went away keen to apply their learning .

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