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

Bristol Wool Fair 2015








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 


“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

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 July colour


Timothy Hawkins Gallery now 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 http://www.greenfestival.co.uk                                                               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


Gordon Russell Poster A5

I exhibited here in the Cotswolds with my Guild

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

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*


March 14th Preston Wynne Village Hall, HR1 3PE  ‘Create Beautiful Rugs from Rags’ Talk and hands-on demo for Preston Wynne W.I.

April 28th  HR4 0SE  DAY WORKSHOP at the Pedlar’s Tray, Wyevale Garden Centre, King’s Acre Road, Hereford. £45. Info/bookings: 01432 379095 (shop hours). COURSE FULL


workshop at Stanton Guildhouse

May 10 – 13  WR13 6NW : RHS Spring Festival at Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Gardeners’ delights plus three craft guilds showing/selling including Jenni demonstrating with Worcestershire Guild/Contemporary Craft.

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* COURSE FULL.

“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)


Stanton Guildhouse

May 23rd –  SY7 9JL  DAY WORKSHOP at Westhope College, Westhope, Craven Arms, Shropshire. 10 – 4. Learn progging to make a shaggy project  like a seat mat or rag rug. £55. More details at 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 – £40.  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

June 9 & 10  Hellens Garden Festival at  Much Marcle, Herefordshire. Garden services and products, talks, crafts, food, demos, family fun. info@hellensgardenfestival.co.uk

June 24, 10 – 4 :  Worcestershire WR13 5NW
during the Marquee of Making week : at the Blue-Ginger Gallery, Home End Farm, Stifford’s Bridge on A4103 Cradley. £55. Scrumptious lunch included *


“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’ve 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 2017

June 30, Colwall Ale House Festival, Malvern. Details -http://www.colwallfestival.co.uk

August 9 – 12 : NEC, Birmingham The FESTIVAL OF QUILTS : The largest quilt show in Europe. International exhibition plus stitcher’s supplies, books, workshops, talks.  Jenni’s Rag Rugs on stand QIA3. Many Quick & Easy taster sessions including vintage rag rug techniques.  13.00-14.00 Thurs. 9th and Sunday 12th: Upcycle with traditional rag rugging. 13.00-14.00 Fri. 10th Braided Spiral Mats. 1.15 – 15.15 Saturday 11th Hints for Hookers: Vintage Rag Rugging.    If you want to book several tickets for the show in advance (£1.95 fulfilment fee per transaction), you can quote code WT42 to pay £13.50 per ticket instead of £16.
Either call 0844 581 1289 or go to www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk.Come over and see me sometime!


progged cotton rug

ragrugs_Yellow Jug

Yellow Jug – hooked woollens 59cmx42cm

September 8th  SY7 9JL  DAY WORKSHOP at Westhope College, Westhope, Craven Arms, Shropshire. More details: info@westhope.org.uk 01584 861293

September 8 – 16
HEREFORDSHIRE ARTS WEEK https://www.h-art.org.uk :
  a nine day arts trail, for artists, 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 rag rug demo on 15th at Made in the Marches Gallery, Church Street, Kington, HR5 3AZ.  

October 20  10-4  LEOMINSTER APPLE FAIR, Herefordshire: lots of apples, craft stalls, cafe and more at the Priory Church, Church Street, Leominster.

October 26 – 28 WR6 5RD: WEEKEND RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP at Huntlands Farm, Whitbourne, Worcs. From 5ish Friday evening to Sunday lunch. Time to relax and get creative. Accommodation, food, tuition £250*

*Info/bookings: jenni.ragrugs@freeuk.com 01568 750229


 Watch this space for details of more workshops and events.



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