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 with the Hon John Rous, owner of Clovelly and High Sheriff of Devon.
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 £25
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 at Clovelly and NT Tintagel since their release


 using Di Van Neirkerk Silk Ribbons

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

Click to Di Van Niekerk Ribbon Embroidery

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

Craft4Crafters Exhibition Show 2015
Westpoint, Exeter
January Thursday 29th - Saturday 31st
with Drop-in Rag Rug Workshop

This year you will be able to make a Daffodil corsage or a Red Squirrel.

Donations for Marie Curie or the Red Squirrel Trust
Daffodil       squirrel

Arlington Court, North Devon
I will be at Arlington Court with Diane Bailey for a 3 weeks of exhibition at the Carriage Museum
Tuesday 30th June to 18th July

Art at Arlington


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

My Demonstrations and Workshops with the National Trust for 2015
** 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

Wednesday 18th February
Wednesday 22nd April

Exhibition: 12th 26th April

Wednesday 29th July
Wednesday 19th 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 30th June - Saturday 18th July

Dates for 2015 at Arlington
Spring Daffodil Trail: 16th - 23rd March

Saturday 15th August 2015
Saturday 22nd August 2015
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 2015

Friday 3rd April

Friday 31st July

FRiday 4th September

Exhibition: Date to be announced

Charlcote Park, Warwickshire - National Trust

Wellesbourne, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 9ER

Buckland Abbey and Estate - National Trust
Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6EY
New Rug for Grasmere Visitors Centre March 2014

Grasmere Rug

Classes and courseS for Spring and Summer Term 2015
Roseland Mews Studios
http://www.lynhervalley.co.uk/roselandmewsstudio/index.htm Embroidery, Goldwork Embroidery and Rag rugging
Countess Wear Village Hall
http://countesswearvillagehall.co.uk/vh/Courses.html Embroidery, Goldwork Embroidery & Rag Rugging
Wyevale Garden Centre
http://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/garden-centres/Ashford-Barnstaple/KR6 Embroidery, Goldwork Embroidery & Rag Rugging
WEA, Plymouth https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2014/CourseInfo.aspx?ActivityID=318617 Dressmaking
Petroc at Pilton School
https://www.petroc.ac.uk/courses-search?Keyword=BASIC%20DRESSMAKING&OrderBy=1#list Dressmaking

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, dressmaking & 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 have been part of Art Trek and the North Devon Festival in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014  I will be part of this working from Arlington Court NT in July 2015.

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

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 29th December 2014

Copyright Deborah Hastings 2008