Rag Rug Workshop

Join us for a fun, hands-on workshop, crafting your own rag rug from scraps of fabric. The perfect eco craft!

Saturday 15 October
9:30am — 5:00pm

‘My Mother is much pleased with Elizabeth’s admiration of the rug’

Jane Austen, Sunday 9 October 1808

This fun workshop will introduce you to the traditional, thrifty and satisfying craft of rag rug making. We’ll cover all the basics needed to get you going, including transferring a design, using the hook and prodder, and the different stitches that you need, as well as how to complete your project.

During the workshop you can choose to either create a small item or start a larger project to finish at home. As well as rugs, your work can be turned into a cushion, bag or wall hanging – or anything else you can think of!

‘My mother will be glad to be assured that the size of the rug does perfectly well. It is not to be used till winter.’

Jane Austen, Friday 17 June 1808

Traditionally rag rugs were made from old clothing or fabric that was cut into strips and hooked or prodded through an open weaved hessian, such as a burlap sack. The result was a colourful jumble of fabric pieces which formed a thick, warm mat.

Prodders were often hand-made from anything that came to hand, such as old clothes pegs; they could be carved into a new shape with one pointed end and the other more rounded, to fit snuggly into the palm of the hand.

Nowadays many crafters use American rag rug hooks as well, which look like a large crotchet hook with a handle that again fits snuggly in the palm of the hand, for easy prodding! We’ll provide you with both – a hand-made prodder and an American one, so you can see which suits you best. (And you can take them home for more crafting!)


Date: Saturday 15 October

Time: 9.30am – 5pm

Location: This event takes place at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton. Find us

Tickets: £130


🫖 We’ll provide refreshments throughout the day, including a delicious light lunch, afternoon cake and of course plenty of tea throughout the day! If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know after booking.

✂️ We’ll provide everything you need for this project, including scraps and prodders, however of course you’re welcome to bring your own tools if you wish!

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Capacity for this event will be kept very low, to allow everyone to have as much of Jacquie’s time and expertise as possible.


  • All materials
  • Lunch and light refreshments throughout the day.
  • Exclusive House tour led by an expert from Jane Austen’s House.
  • The capacity for this event will be kept very low, to allow everyone to have as much of Jacquie’s time and expertise as possible.

About the tutor: Jacqueline Rolls

Jacquie is a willow sculptor and artist based in Hampshire. She works with a variety of media which over time has taken her in different directions, however in recent years her passion for experimenting  and weaving  with natural and found materials  has been her main focus and her time is divided between working on her own projects and working as a willow sculptor.

In August 2021 Jacqueline was awarded a “Developing your creative practise grant” from  Arts Council England, allowing her to take time  out form her every day practise to experiment and explore  new ways of working, and allowed her to undertake an art residency at Tudor House Museum in Southampton.