Rag Rugging on the Wild Side

Some of us remember relatives making rag rugs, others recall cutting up strips of fabric for these projects when they were younger while still others have created lasting rag rug memorials out of a their loved one’s clothing. Whatever the story, rag rugging has a rich social history.

Learn to turn old rags into upcycled homeware with the beautiful craft of rag rugging! This beginners course is designed to give you all the skills you need to be able to start any rag rug project for yourself at home. With plenty of help from our expert instructor throughout the day, you will learn how to use rag rug equipment, how to work with hessian, how to choose and prepare materials, how to design for rag rug, how to do the two different types of rag rugging (loopy and shaggy) and how to finish your work. During the session you will get the opportunity to begin a rug, cushion or smaller project (depending on how ambitious you are feeling!). All the rag rug materials are provided on the day and you’ll get a latch hook to take home with you!

All materials will be provided, however if you have any fabrics (scraps, old clothing, special fabrics) you’d like to use in your rag rug project, feel free to bring them with you!

TUTOR DETAILS: Elspeth Jackson is an avid crafter and professional rag rugger. She teaches craft-lovers all across the UK how to make beautiful rag rugs and upcycled pieces for the home. Her first book, “Rag Rugs, Pillows & More”, was published internationally in 2016 and I am regular in craft magazines at home and abroad. You can find her on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

How to Apply


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Key Information

Start date:

2nd March 2019 at 10:00am


members £60, non-members £72


Surrey Wildlife Trust




Workshop & Practical Skills


Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, United Kingdom