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Rag Rugs, Pillows, and More
We chat to Elspeth, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to make Christmas tree baubles.
Hello, I'm Elspeth, rag rug designer, maker, teacher and fabric hoarder at Ragged Life. My mum taught me how to rag rug when I was just fourteen and I’ve been making rag rug homeware, art and fashion ever since. I’m a craft-lover to the core but love rag rugging for its texture, simplicity and sustainable nature. Over the past few years, I’ve been spreading rag rug cheer through my business, Ragged Life where I run rag rug workshops, sell rag rug kits and make one-off rag rug commissions. My aim is to modernise rag rugging and make it accessible to everyone with simple, yet beautiful projects that anyone can make with a few basic tools. Once you’ve tried rag rugging, chances are you’ll be hooked!
I grew up south of Boston, graduated from Syracuse University and worked in animation and as an art director before finding my happy home as a writer and illustrator of children's books.
I live, work, and raise my family on the seacoast of New Hampshire where pine trees are the tallest obstacles to the sea.
My top sports are table tennis, crochet, tea-making, and not-vacuuming.
One of the best things about living in and around Plymouth is the number of beaches and the waterfront. It's absolutely beautiful on a nice clear day! For people who like the beach, there are several in Plymouth itself; but, the entire Massachusetts coast has great beaches. Plymouth Beach and Nelson Memorial Park are two popular public beaches. And if you have children, Nelson Memorial Park is especially good because it has a playground for the kids.
Jenny creates a spooky Halloween party for today's #DIYTheParty
Halloween is a big deal in our house. Our preparations start at the beginning of October and last all month! I love looking for new ideas and have found some fun things to make with my children or when they’ve gone to bed!
Join Lucy Knisley for a #CraftRoomTour of her shared studio in Chicago.
The sunlight! Also very fond of the desk I made.
Cook a pad thai and vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos in #ABiteToEat with Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado.
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We chat to Chinelo Bally, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to take measurements.
my Name is Chinelo Bally. Im best known for my time on The Great British Sewing Bee, where I show cased my freehand cutting version of dressmaking. I have since written my book "Freehand Fashion" and also teach freehand cutting projects in workshops around the UK. I design and make bespoke garments from my London based studio.
We head to Norfolk, Virginia to meet Joybells who loves working with her hands and creating beautiful things!
How did you find CO+K and why did you join?
I stumbled upon CO+K while searching online for instructions on how to make paper snowflakes.
What projects are you currently working on?
The past year I have learned several book-folding techniques and this has now taken over as my latest craft addiction. It has become a profitable hobby as well.Read the rest of the interview »