Rag Rug Making Courses


Rag Rug Workshop at Blue-Ginger Gallery

Workshops are for beginners and improvers and cover a variety of techniques. They range from one hour taster sessions to one day workshops or weekend creative breaks.

What you can make depends on the time available but even taster sessions enable you to make a sample – it’s all hands on. Longer courses also cover elements involved in design in greater detail and you could complete a small project or start one to finish at home.

Accompanied children are usually welcome. Some courses are just for young people or those with learning disabilities.

Explore your creativity at your own pace with expert tuition. (Warning – this craft can be addictive!)      Hessian, tools/equipment, books are available at courses or by mail order.

Course details may be changed and new dates added later so please check with venue or email Jenni.

Bristol Wool Fair copy


Rag Rug Making Courses and Events 

July 2016: Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ   Taster workshops at the last ART IN ACTION, Waterperry House, Waterperry, near Wheatley.  Daily 90 minute sessions with Creative Breaks tutors

Art in Action 1

Art in Action 2015


Art in Action workshop


“Thank you again for sharing your enthusiasm and expertise – I’m well and truly ‘hooked’ even if I’m still a bit of a ‘bodger’!” J                                      





“What a wonderful day at the one day rag rug workshop, excellent instruction, good company, very practical, got to try all techniques and came away with a finished project. Thoroughly enjoyable day – thank you!” Jenny 


16 February:  Trumpet Corner, near Ledbury, HR8 2RA  10 – 3


Hooked rug

2-5 March : Olympia, London W124 8UX – The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show.                                                                           Info:http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com

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4 April 19.45 : TALK ‘Granny’s Recycling for 21st Century’ and hands-on demo for Old Radnor W.I. at Walton Hall, Walton, Powys LD8 2PY. Visitors welcome (£5 includes refreshments). Info: 01544 3502701. 

Thank you for a fab course on Saturday.  I really feel like I get it now. Anticipating a winter of rugmaking. I’ll let you know how I get on.”Anne

19 April 2017  Worcestershire WR12 7NE , 10 – 4 : DAY WORKSHOP  at the Stanton Guildhouse nr Broadway. £60 includes yummy home cooked lunch.

“Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your Rag Rug workshop at Stanton. It is refreshing to learn some new skills” Jeanette 

“Thank you very much for the workshop yesterday. Really enjoyed it and what an inspiring place to be  for the day & delicious refreshments.” Linda Barr

May 7th : East London E2 8QA         SUNDAY WORKSHOP :  10-4 Hooking and Progging at Hackney City Farm  (a living community resource).

May 30th : 10 – 4  Trumpet Corner, near Ledbury, HR8 2RA : DAY WORKSHOP       Info/booking*

Thank you for a fab course on Saturday.  I really feel like I get it now. Anticipating a winter of rugmaking. I’ll let you know how I get on.”Anne

June 10 & 11 Hellens Garden Festival at  Much Marcle, Herefordshire. Garden services and products, talks, crafts, food, demos, family fun. info@hellensgardenfestival.co.uk

June July colour


Timothy Hawkins Gallery opens on June 28 at 14 Church Street, Hereford HR1 2LR.
The gallery has moved from Bartestree and is stocked with a variety of new work, including my rag rugs. See you there.

July 9th, Ludlow GREEN FESTIVAL. The region’s big green event. 10 – 4 Castle Square filled with stalls exhibiting and selling green products and services. Music, wholesome food and craft activities. http://www.greenfestival.co.uk


workshop at Blue-Ginger Gallery

“Thank you for such an excellent day at Blue Ginger Gallery.  I enjoyed it very much indeed and have been working away at the seat pad I started.  I’m almost finished it – tried to do some hooking in some of the spaces I’d created and I’m quite pleased with the result.  Hopefully I’ll get it done and backed by the end of next week and then I can make a start on the larger project.” Jennifer

July 13th, 10 – 4 :  Worcestershire WR13 5NW
DAY WORKSHOP during the Marquee of Making week : Hooking & Progging at the Blue-Ginger Gallery, Home End Farm, Stifford’s Bridge on A4103 Cradley. Scrumptious lunch included – still £55*

August 4 : Hereford HR1 2EP, 10-4                                                                                                          DAY WORKSHOP at Rose Tinted Rags, textile recycling & arts centre, The Old Governor’s House, Hereford Country Bus Station, Union Walk.                                                                    PlaitedRug

“Dear Jenni, Thank you for a great course yesterday – it was so good to spend a day with an expert and find out the proper way to do things! Infinitely better than trying to follow video clips on You Tube. I love your book and am excited by all my future projects. I am so glad I have learnt how to do Plaited Rugs – I will do a larger one just to practice- but think I prefer the shaggy rug look. I hope to come on another of your courses next year – they are FAB! With love and best wishes.” Tessa

August 10 – 13 NEC, Birmingham The FESTIVAL OF QUILTS : Largest quilt show in Europe. International exhibition plus stitcher’s supplies, books, workshops.  Jenni’s Rag Rugs on stand QIA3. Many Quick & Easy one hour sessions. £13 includes a kit for the session. 14.15 – 15.15 taster sessions: August 10-HINTS FOR HOOKERS;  August 11-CREATE BEAUTIFUL RUGS with rag rugging; August 12-BRAIDED SPIRAL MATS; August 13- DECORATE A BAG using 2 traditional rag rug techniques.  Info/bookings: http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk 


Gordon Russell Poster A5

I am exhibited here in the Cotswolds with my Guild

September 9 – 17
h.Art  HEREFORDSHIRE ARTS WEEK https://www.h-art.org.uk : 
 a nine day art trail, for arists, craftmakers and creative businesses to open studios, galleries and group exhibitions to raise their profile and sell artwork. Well worth a visit – people come back every year to tour round studios and galleries. See my work (and others) at WEFT & WARP at Aardvark Books Ltd, The Bookery, Manor Farm, Brampton Bryan, Bucknell, SY7 0DH where I will be demonstrating traditional rag rug making techniques on 10 & 17 September and at JOURNEYINGS, Made in the Marches Gallery, Church Street, Kington, HR5 3AZ where I will be demonstrating  rag rug making techniques on Wednesday 13 September.

Sept. 23, 24 2017 Worcestershire WR13 6NW. RHS Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.

October 7 2017 10-4   Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ. At the end of the day you will take home your own rag rug Christmas wreath. https://www.bclm.co.uk


October 11th 2017  Worcestershire WR12 7NE , 10 – 4 : DAY WORKSHOP  at the Stanton Guildhouse nr Broadway.


a workshop at Stanton Guildhouse

“Many thanks for a wonderful day at The Guildhouse yesterday. Your joy and enthusiasm for the craft was infectious I came away with the confidence that I could produce something beautiful. Also I thought the day was really good value for money and compliments to the chef – the food was delightful.” Helen (20/4/17)

October 21 Herefordshire (lots of apples) LEOMINSTER APPLE FAIR : apples and craft stalls at the Priory Church, Church Street, Leominster.

November 3 : Hereford HR1 2EP, 10-4                                                                                                       RAG RUGS or FESTIVE WREATHS WORKSHOP at Rose Tinted Rags, The Old Governor’s House, Hereford. £45/accompanied children £18.  Info/bookings*

Just wanted to say thank you for the fabulous weekend at Lower Buckton… can’t remember when I last had such a lovely time learning such great stuff in such a glorious setting & with such fab company!” Bryony


Rag rug making at Lower Buckton


February 17  Hereford HR1 2EP, 10-4                                                                                                RAG RUG WORKSHOP at Rose Tinted Rags, textile recycling & arts centre, The Old Governor’s House, Hereford Country Bus Station, Union Walk. Progging and Hooking, just a stone’s throw from Hereford train station.  Bring lunch or buy nearby. £45/accompanied children £18.  Info/bookings*

1-4 March 2018 : Olympia, London W14 8UX – The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show. The definitive stitching show: craft supplies, inspiration, workshops. Many Quick & Easy sessions including: Friday 2nd @ 11.45-12.45 Create Beautiful Rugs with Rag Rugging; 14.45-15.45  Jazz Up a Bag with Vintage Rug Techniques;  Sat. 3rd @ 11.45-12.45 Create Beautiful Rugs with Rag Rugging; 14.15-15.15  Jazz Up a Bag with Vintage Rug Techniques                                                                         Info:http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com

jenni flower bag kit

Hook and Prog a flower motif on an eco bag 40x34x13cm.




May 17th  Worcestershire WR12 7NE , 10 – 4 : DAY WORKSHOP  at the Stanton Guildhouse nr Broadway. Hooking and Progging, overlooking the Vale of Evesham in a lovely stone manor house where you can see Ghandi’s spinning wheel. £60 includes yummy home cooked lunch. Relax and focus on your creativity in a tranquil country location. Escape from the rat race. Info/bookings*   Optional b&b at the Guildhouse if you fancy staying the night before (self cater or eat at the pub). Info/bookings*


Stanton Guildhouse

May 23rd –  SY7 9JL  DAY WORKSHOP at Westhope College, Westhope, Craven Arms, Shropshire. More details in Spring 2018. info@westhope.org.uk 01584 861293

June 2nd 2018  – Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ During the workshop Jenni will demonstrate the traditional techniques of hooking and podging strips of fabric through hessian backing to make rugs, wall hangings and seat mats. At the end of the day you will take home your own unique seat mat and a wealth of ideas for making more rag rug creations at home.
This is a Heritage Skills daytime course, part of the IgnitEd Programme -cost tba. From January 2018: Call 0121 520 8054 or book online at: https://www.bclm.co.uk


a cotton seat mat – “podged” as they say in the Black Country


*Info/booking contact Jenni for details: jenni.ragrugs@freeuk.com 01568 750229


 Watch this space for details of more workshops and events.

2018 workshops are being planned for Dudley, the Cotswolds, Shropshire, Herefordshire and more…..


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