Rags 2 Rugs

Hoping to be at Buddhafield this year offering eco crafting workshops.

Workshop Offerings

This is a selection of the ideas we have for the kind of things that might offer thought out the weekend.

  • patchwork: the original recycling, turning worn out bedding and old clothes in beautiful and useful items such as bags, cushion covers, water bottle carriers
  • patches with personality: applique/embroidering fun personal patches to either then patch up something damaged or just for decoration
  • knitting/crochet with recycled yarn: using strips of ripped up old bedsheets, tshirts etc. great for making baskets, pouffes, rugs/bathmats etc
  • rag rugs: recycling old textiles
  • knit + natter sessions: come along and bring whatever you’re working on
  • mending sessions: bring your mending and get inspiration and help


We are passionate crafters that love sharing skills that can help others discover eco crafting.


Needle work and crafts have been a passion of mine since childhood. I studied embroidery to A level at school and then Embroidery and Fashion design at The London College of Fashion.

I love knitting, crochet and all kinds of sewing especially dress making and I make lots of my own clothes. I am especially interested in crafts that make use of old textiles such as patchwork and rag rug making and recycled tee-shirts yarn.

I have been working at festivals since 2007 mostly as a therapist. in 2019 I ran a craft space – Rags to Rugs at GEA and had a great time sharing the knowledge I have about crafting with recycled materials. I have been part of the Buddhafield healing garden for many years, crew in 2019 and 2018 and regular therapist on and off since 2007.

I regularly teach course for a local FE college and hold a basic teaching qualification.

Mary Newing


Obsessed with saving as much as possible and transforming anything dull, damaged or disposed of into something more fun and functional, Jaz-of-all-Trades is unlikely to every settle on one subject.

I’ve run craft sessions and art lessons for Home Educated teenagers in Hertfordshire, regularly facilitate art and craft sessions for adults with disabilities in Buckinghamshire and also work with other community artists, running workshops with a re-use/recycling theme.

A keen camper and festival fiend, I have held a variety of volunteer roles including stewarding, decor, sign-writing, recycling, craft workshops, teen spaces, and ran Jaz-it-Up – an upcycling craft space at Buddhafield 2019.

Jaz Omid Cooper