Rag Rugging for Beginners: Make Textile Home Decorations

A course by Elspeth Jackson (Ragged Life) , Textile Artist and Rug Maker

Textile Artist and Rug Maker . London, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2020

Transform old clothing and textile cut-offs into colorful home accessories using creative rag rugging techniques

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  • 967 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Transform old clothing and textile cut-offs into colorful home accessories using creative rag rugging techniques

Through rag rugging, you can transform any clothing or fabric you have lying around into unique works of art. For textile artist and rug maker Elspeth Jackson, it’s a meditative craft that offers the opportunity to express yourself with minimum waste. She runs her own craft business, Ragged Life, and has published two books in which she shares her expertise.

In this online course, Elspeth teaches you how to use your old clothes and textile offcuts to create beautiful home decorations. Discover innovative rag rugging techniques to create your own custom rug from start to finish. Ready to get hooked on a new craft?

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What will you learn in this online course?

20 lessons & 14 downloads

  • 100% positive reviews (34)
  • 967 students
  • 20 lessons (4h 8m)
  • 14 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

Create a rag rug using three traditional British techniques: the shaggy, the short shaggy, and the loopy techniques.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in learning to create unique home accessories through sustainable crafting.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required to take this course.

In terms of materials, you will need old clothing, hessian (burlap), rug tools, scissors, and other basic materials specified by the teacher in the course.


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Elspeth Jackson (Ragged Life)

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Textile Artist and Rug Maker

Elspeth Jackson is a textile artist and rug maker based in Brighton, England. She’s also the founder of sustainable craft business Ragged Life. Elspeth grew up in a creative household and was first introduced to the technique of rag rugging by her mother. As a teenager, she began making rugs of her own using recycled materials, and later went on to run workshops on the art form. In 2014, after the success of her workshops, she started her brand Ragged Life.

Since then, Elspeth has taught thousands of crafters how to upcycle their textile waste through rag rugging and sells everything from pre-printed hessian to rug ragging tools. She also works with local mills to prevent their textile offcuts from going to landfills as part of her commitment to sustainability. Elspeth has published two books in which she shares her expertise on the craft, Rag Rugs, Pillows & more and Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners, and has appeared on TV both in the UK and globally. In 2019, she also won the Mollie Makes Best Established Business Award.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Rag Rugging: History, Techniques, and Inspiration

    • Rag Rugging: Its History and Techniques
    • Materials and How to Source Them 1
    • Materials and How to Source Them 2
    • Inspiration and Practical Tips for a Successful Rug 1
    • Inspiration and Practical Tips for a Successful Rug 2
  • U3

    Getting Ready

    • Sketching the Design and Choosing the Colours
    • Hemming the Hessian (Burlap)
    • How to Transfer the Design onto the Hessian
    • Preparing Your Material 1
    • Preparing Your Material 2
  • U4

    Shaggy, Short Shaggy, and Loopy Techniques

    • Building the Design: Shaggy Technique 1
    • Building the Design: Shaggy Technique 2
    • Short Shaggy 1
    • Short Shaggy 2
    • Loopy Technique and Finishing Touches 1
    • Loopy Technique and Finishing Touches 2
  • U5

    Taking Care of Your Rug and More

    • Care and Maintenance
    • Applying Your Skills Elsewhere
  • FP

    Final project

    • Rag Rugging for Beginners: Make Textile Home Decorations

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Rag Rugging for Beginners: Make Textile Home Decorations. Craft course by Elspeth Jackson (Ragged Life)

Rag Rugging for Beginners: Make Textile Home Decorations

A course by Elspeth Jackson (Ragged Life)
Textile Artist and Rug Maker . London, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (34)
  • 967 students