Deborah Hastings
3, Cross Park, High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon  EX37 9BA
01769 560515
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Professional Crafters Guild            HRH Princess Royal
meeting HRH Process Royal at Clovelly May 6th 2014

Gallery 2
Courses and Workshops
Rag Rugging kits
and Prodders
NEW Lavender Bag Kit

Approved products by the National Trust
Exhibitions Embroidery & Goldwork Embroidery

 using Di Van Neirkerk Silk Ribbons
Activites and events
pink and grey checked rug Rose candy striped Proddy Kit     Lavender Bag kit [1]
Trade welcome
Linen rug

Gallery of my Embroidery work


Poppy Picture

The Rag Rugged Patchwork Ready Cushion

These cushions are available as a completed cushion including P & P £68
Cushion size 12" x 12"
Colours: Pink, Denim, Burgandy, Blue

Pink patchwork with insert   The new Denim range  Patchwork Denim
The Patchwork Ready Cushion complete kits
 [Prodder, cushion pad - 12" x 12", fabric to complete] and learn how to rag rug

£25 including P & P  Paypal Accepted

The one on display at Trelawney's Garden Centre, Craft Centre, Ashford Near Barnstaple
Ready Cushion Trelwaney 1       Ready Cushion Trelawney 2    Ready Cushion Trelawney 3    pale pink cushion Blue cover
They have proved very popular with many being sold at Clovelly and NT Tintagel last and this year


 using Di Van Neirkek Silk Ribbons

I am an tutor and Stockist of the delightful panels and beautiful ribbons.

My completed panel 'Narcissus' only the butterfly to add
Rose Wreath
  Wild Rose

Make and Craft

Make and craft logo blue    M & C Lavender Kit   Make and Craft Logo   Digital logo

Exhibitions and Shows for 2014
with all Drop-in Workshops

North Devon Show Wednesday 6th August

Arlington Court, North Devon
I will be at Arlington Court with Diane Bailey for a 3 weeks of exhibition at the Carriage Museum
Tuesday 1st July to 19th July
Not open Wednesdays and Mondays
Art at Arlington



Diane Bailey's web site: http://www.diane-bailey.co.uk/#

Maesbury Canal Boat Festival 2014

6th & 7th September 2014
Canal Boat

I will be at this event with two days of drop-in workshops


** Rag Rugging at The Old Post Office, The National Trust, Tintagel **
Fore Street, Tintagel, Cornwall PL34 0DB  Telephone: 01840 770024


Link to pictures from the Rag Rugging day 16th May 2012


Monday 28th July
Monday 18th August


New Rug  - Completed August 2011
To be hung permenantly and on display from Mid September
Post Office circular rug  
Post Office Tintagel  Tintagel Rug
Handing the rug over by the Lifton Hookers to Natalie Savage, Custodian for the property
On Wednesday 14th April 2010 a rag rug was handed over to the Old Post Office at Tintagel.  It was started in February during half term week when the property was open.  Visitors to the property were given the chance to 'have a go' and add to the rug.  The 1 foot squares were then completed by the Lifton Hookers.  I stitched together the squares and backed the rug. It has been raffled along with 2 quilts and raised over £1000 for the property.
Another rug has been started to be raffled for 2012. 
August 2010 - A new rug has been made by the Lifton Hookers and is on display at the property.  
It is made of woollen fabrics - old skirts etc

Woollen rug

Dates at Arlington Court, National Trust  for 2014

Arlington Court

Arlington, near Barnstaple, EX31 4LP
Telephone: 01271 850296

Art at Arlington Tuesday 1st July - Saturday 19th July

Dates for 2014 at Arlington
Saturday 9th August 2014
Saturday 16th August 2014
Arlington Court
A new Rug for another National Trust Property
It is in the carriage Musuem in the Tack room in from of the range.
Arlington Tack Room Rug
This is designed by me & made by Sally of the Lifton Hookers


Finch Foundry - National Trust
Sticklepath, Nr Okehampton EX20 2NW
Telephone: 01837 840046

Finch Foundry - National Trust
Dates for 2014

Monday 4th August  2014

Monday 25th August 2014 [Bank Holiday Monday]

New Rug for Grasmere Visitors Centre March 2014

Grasmere Rug

A New Rag Rug for the Keats Museum, Hampstead
Picture of the Rug in front of the range.

Designed by me and made by Sally and Shirley of the Lifton Hookers.
It is made of woollen blankets.  Another larger one is now being made for the other room 'below stairs'.

Keats musem rug Fireplace

October 2013
Patchwork Throw
Completed at last, my patchwork throw from curtains.
it is 72" x 72" and backed with another curtain.
These can be made to order
Jingle Bells October 2012
Sneaky preveiw of my new rag rugging
Christmas Decorations
Christmas holiday Making!
Patchwork throw
patchwork throw made from recycled curtains from the charity Shop
Recent makes - Patchwork Readi Cushions
Green stripped cushions
4th April 2012 Make:
The new, and shortly to be released Patchwork Lavender Coloured Lavender Bag.  Following on from the success of the Lavender Bag released last year many folk have asked for a Lavender coloured bag.  Here are some examples:

Lavender Patchwork [1] Lavender & Lace [1] Lavender & Lace [2]
The Patchwork Ready Cushion deisgned to rag rug into and no sewing to complete. From an 'England Duvet Cover' 11 of these cushion covers have been produced for sale at Clovelly at the weekend:
Readi Cush [1]         Readi Cush [2]

1st Longtown Guides
Lavender Bag
Rag Rugging Project
June 2012


Lavender bag Guides 1

We were so excited to get started on this .... really enjoyable.

Lavnder Gguides 2

Hyde Park School, Plymouth
28th May & 1st June

Making a rag rug from school uniforms using the school logo
Hyde Park School back
Back - just started
Hyde Park School Front
Front - Just started
Hyde Park School complete
Mary Dean Fish 2
Tuesday 29th May 2012
Beaford Arts and Mary Dean School from Plymouth on their annual residential

Rag Rug underwater scenes with Fish and an Octopus
Mary Dean School Fish

Mary Dean Cotupus
A week before the Jubilee Celebrations
28th May 1st June
Monday 28th May 2012
Starting a Rag Rug using the 'lost property' of Hyde Park School, Plymouth.

The children are working on a rug with the school logo.


Hyde Park School rug
The back of the rug with design drawn out
Hyde Park School Rug after half a day
The front of the rug
Jubilee Corsage made from the new kit.  Made by Diana from London
May 17th 2012
Diana's Corsage Jubilee Corsages on the Roman Soliders who are making the 'Nightwalk' sponsored walk on Sunday 20th May 2012 for North Devon Hospice.
Lavender Bags Wilton Lodge 1 Pictures of  Jubilee & Olympic corsages & Lavender bags made at workshop at Wilton Lodge, WI Somerset Federation, Taunton  9th May 2012 Corsages Wilton Lodge Lavender Bags Wilton Lodge 2
Pictures of  Jubilee & Olympic corsages made at Hemyock WI Tuesday 1st May 2012 Hemyock Corsages 1 Hemyock corsage 2 Hemyock corsage 3
Lipson 1 Lipson 2 Rag Rugging at Beaford Arts
27th March 2012
Lipson Vale Primary School Plymouth
Lipson 3
Keats rag rugging 1
Textiles weekend at the Keats Museum, Hampstead 24th & 25th March 2012
Rag rugging
& Goldwork embroidery
Keats Goldwork Keats room
Pictures of  samples made at Denman Course 9th - 11th March
All made from duvet covers.  Folks attending made 4 samples. Here are 3 of them.

Lavender Denman Knitted Denman peg loomed Denman
Peg looming workshop at Trelawney Garden Centre 3rd March 2012

Peg loom samples 2
peg loom samples 1
Charles WI sample Rag rug sample from WI Workshop at High Bray & Charles WI
14th March 2012
 I think I may be hooked on rag rugging after just one little project it has a lovely end result’.

Katrina, Scotland Jan 2012
Lavender Bag Katrina

Thank you very much for a fabulous day on Thursday at Wilton Lodge in Taunton!  [Someret WI Federation, Feb 2012]

Here is a picture of my lavender bag, which I have just finished. I'm just about to cut up a T shirt in order to do some more hooking!
Lavender Bag Sparks

"Well here is my first attempt!  Im very pleased with it and its very therapeutic to do too.  I started off with a circular section and then filled in the corners.  I might make it into a large cushion". 

Janet from Somerset

 Janet Rug Small

"I really enjoyed meeting you and completing the lavender bag in the glorious sunshine at the quay in Clovelly.

I could not think of anything better than sitting in the sun, watching people come and go, in peace and tranquillity and completing my lovely lavender bag. I haven't yet stitched it but will do this on the weekend and I am going to give it to my mum".

Dawn from Worcester - Easter 2011
Dawn & lavender bag
Drop in workshops at Clovelly

Pep's Rug sample completed
Visited Clovelly 10th August 2011
[From Manchester]

peps rug eample
Oct 2011 - Anne's Lavender Bag - completed within 24hrs of attending a workshop in Bovey Tracey on 23rd October.  She was spurred on to complete as she had to complete some grant forms and need some 'therapy' once that was done! annes lavender bag
October 2011 - Lavender Kit purchased from Townend weekend of 15th October.  Completed by 24th!  
have had a lovely time making it'. Helen
Lavender Bag Helen October 2011 - Completed rug from Hessian and prodder purchased in early Janury 2011.  Another Rug is now going to be started for this winter.  DD, in Devon D D Rug

Now taking place in the Lifton Hall Hotel, New Road, Lifton, Devon PL16 0DR

 The Lifton Hookers - please contact me for dates
Beginners always welcome at any session
For further details contact me: 01769 560515

The craft of Rag Rugging is an old one.  It developed out of the need to make cottagers’ homes more comfortable, as the floors were frequently beaten earth and warm insulation was needed. 

Our current need to recycle and re-use resources is not new, as rag rugging utilised potato sacks and old clothing to make serviceable rugs for the home.

My interest in textiles originates from an early age and from my family with parents and grandparents all participating in a craft.  My grandmother made many rugs during the war years.   During the 1980’s I worked as Handicraft Instructor, in a day centre for the elderly, for Southwark Social Services as part of their rehabilitation team.

My inspiration for many of my designs comes from the landscape and skies in Devon but I also enjoy contrasting textures and colours which my medium offers endless possibilities.  As a garden designer I use my understanding of shape, colour and texture to  guide my designs and some folk have often commented that my designs are like gardens and flowers.  Colour has always been very important to me and I love the way colours react to each other and blend.

I demonstrate rag rugging, throughout the peak holiday periods, at the famous cobbled street village Clovelly near Bideford. The Fisherman’s Cottage is set out as a typical fisherman’s cottage during the 1920’s

I teach rag rugging at many museums throughout Devon and Somerset providing workshops for adults and children.  I also teach for the Workers Educational Association [W.E.A.] - rag rugging, horticulture and teacher training -  throughout Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.  

I  provide courses for the WI college, Denman's, Oxford.

I am also a tutor for Open University Tutor for their Access Courses, a Fellow for the Institute for Learning and Associate member of the College of Occupational Therapists.

I am a member of the North Devon Art  and have recently exhibited at Broomhill, Barnstaple, Okehampton Museum, The Plough, Torrington, and Beaford Arts Centre. 

I have been part of Art Trek and the North Devon Festival in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012.  I will be part of this working from Arlington Court NT in July 2013.

School Flower               Fish complete
This is what a child can make in a 2 hour session, a 'proddy flower' or a 'proddy fish'
Kits now available for schools, please ask for details
Beaford Arts Centre - I am one of the artists that provides textile worshops for children and adults. http://www.beaford-arts.org.uk/index.php?id=2
http://www.beaford-arts.org.uk/index.php?id=4 - view rag rugging video with one of my groups


Highampton Shields
16th October 2012
Shields on hessian awaiting to have their proddy bit added!
Highampton gained and 'Outstanding' in their recent OFSTED inspection.  Well Done!
Jubilee Corsages Highampton
30th May 2012
Jubilee Corsage making at Highampton School
Peg loom landscape
 Peg Loom 'landscape' made by the children at Highampton Primary, Devon on 15th June 2011
Bunting school
Christmas Bunting made by the children at Highampton Primary, Devon December 2011

small baskets

Highampton Primary School
Canework and making small baskets

 February 2012
Highampton 1  Highampton 2  Highampton 3
Buttons and Bags for March 28th 2012
The children had decorated the bags with fabrics pens before I arrived.  They then sewed buttons onto the bags to embellish them

Cottesloe Brides


Recommended music to rag rug to!
Lesley 1          
Lesley 2
'Cello in Song' - to be recommended

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This website was designed by Deborah Hastings
Site first created on 30th October 2006
Site last updated 24th June 2014

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