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If you cannot attend one of my rag rugging courses then one of my rag rug kits will have you successfully rag rugging with my unique mini rag rug to help you learn.  A 'distance learning kit' built upon my experiences of being an OU graduate and Tutor.

Embroidery and Rag Rugging sessions for 2020

Saturday: 10am to 3pm

Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple    [Near Sainsbury’s]


£22 per session, Booking essential.  Please contact me for further details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is not a club but a 'Teaching & Learning New Skills' Class.

There is the oppportunity to learn surface embroidery, goldwork embroidery, ribbon embroidery and stumpwork along with multi media projects.  You can also learn several techniques of rag rugging.

At each session students will work on their own chosen project from the above list and as shown in the images below.  You will receive one-to-one tutition.

 2020 Dates

7th March
14th March

4th April
18th April

9th May
23rd May

6th June
20th June

4th July
18th July

1st August
22nd August

5th September
12th September

17th October
31st October

7th November
21st November

5th December
12th December

 Roundswell 1 2017 Roundswell 2 2017 Roundswell 3 2017

 The class at work!

Projects in progress

Carolines felted Blue Tit Mar 2018

Caroline's needle felted blue Tit from the DVN Roses panel.


   Helens Fuchsias ribbon RES

 Helen's ribbon embroidery and stumpwork embroidery

 Louises embroidery

Completed on 10th September 2016, Louise's ribbon embroidery and stumpwork embroidery


Bridgets Xmas decorations Completed 2017, Bridget Kettle's Goldwork Christmas Decorations

RES complete panel embroidery

Completed June 2017: Sheila's Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork Panel from Di van Neikerk's book

Bridgets Peacock 1  Bridgets Peacock 2 Bridgets Peacock 3

Bridget's Goldwork peacock completed.

Maggies picture         Avrils Ivy Leaf

Maggie's Stumpwork little girl.                              Avril's completed Ivy Leaf project in Goldwork embroidery.

Margarets Tulips         

Margaret's Tulips in Goldwork embroidery.

Lizs Dragon Christine Goldwork 2 2017

Liz Christie's Goldwork dragon           Christine's Goldwork                        









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Returns Policy
Subject to the right of Consumers to return goods for refund under The Supply of Goods and Services Act and Distance Selling Regulations, Rag Rug Textiles does not sell products on a trial basis. Customers are strongly advised to check suitability and specifications of products before ordering.

All items are £3.00 postage unless your shopping cart exceeds £30 and then you will automatically be given FREE shipping.

My Hermes is used as my preferred carrier although I do use the Post Office for small items using 1st Class post.

I am currently not providing any school or community group rag rugging packages.


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.

Deborah Square imageMy 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.  I like to mix media so include embroidery and patchwork within my work.  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 have demonstrate rag rugging, throughout the peak holiday periods, at the famous cobbled street village Clovelly near Bideford for 14 years. I began doing this in The Fisherman’s but have then spent the last 7-8 years in the Visitors Centre. The Fishermans Cottage is set out as a typical fisherman’s cottage during the 1920’s.  I have created all the rugs in the cottage including the one in the adults bedroom which led to me working at Clovelly. The one in the palour in front of the range is also one of mine made from woollen fabrics. 

I have sadly had to retire due to family commitments and changes.  Working at Clovelly has been a wonderful experience which I am truely grateful to the Hon. John Rous for the opportunity.

Link to Clovelly website

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

I run an Embroidery and Rag Rugging Classses in Barnstaple at the Roundswell Centre, Near Sainsbury's.  A Variety of Embroidery skills can be learnt here: Goldwork, Ribbon Embroidery, Di Van Neikerk Silk Ribbon Embroidery, stumpwork, Needleweaving and Rowandean Embroidery. At Each session there is the opportunity to watch a demostration and then make a small sample. View here for dates

I stock and Teach Di van Niekerk Silk Ribbon designs and her ribbons and panel can be purchased from this web site. Link to view ribbons and panels

PCG Sapphire Rag Rug Textiles large To find out more about the guild

DH HRH Meeting HRH Princess Royal at Clovelly with Hon John Rous, Owner of Clovelly. May 2014


3 Cross Park. High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9BA


01769 560 515

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