Feverfew Rag Rug by Debbie Siniska


Debbie Siniska

I am a a textile  artist, maker, teacher and author,  and work wherever possible with recycled, reclaimed and vintage textiles to make rag rugs, banners and soft furnishings.  I am also a felt maker and use the sustainable fibres of sheeps fleece to create my felt hats, bags, slippers, jackets, scarves and jewellery.

 I hold regular  textile workshops in Lewes,  Mayfield East Sussex and other venues -  go to my Events page for more info on my courses.

any 'pop up' workshops will be listed on my events page and flagged up on my Home page



 *I sell my work at the Cranbrook Farmer's Market every 4th Saturday from 10 - 1pm at

 the Vestry Hall, Cranbrook High Street, Cranbrook Kent 


*STOCKISTS of my work:

Cranbrook Iron Home and Garden, Ockley Road, Hawkhurst Kent TN18 4DP (open Wed -  Saturdays 10 - 4.30

Silver Sheep Gallery, 3a Monson Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells Kent (open Mon - Sat)

King John's Nursery/Gardens and tea Rooms, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham East Sussex, TN19 7AZ (Open /All Week closed Tuesdays)

Wealden Wholefoods Shop[/Cafe High Street, Wadhurst East Sussex (open Mon - Sat) 


 Also at shows and exhibitions throughout the year - see my  Events page.



*July 2016 - Covent Garden London. Team building exercise for DONMAR WAREHOUSE - Covent Garden, for the players of Brian Friel's 'Faith Healer'. We did rag rug making and my name appeared in the programme.*

I  worked for many years as a bead jewellery maker, and had a book published in 1994 called Decorative Beadwork published by Letts. I made bead jewellery using glass seed beads and shell buttons, and tiaras with swarovski crystals.

I have taken the ethos of recycling into secondary and primary schools in Kent and East Sussex with a fun hands on art project that promotes the importance of recycling. School children have created cushions, rugs and banners and the project was televised by the BBC when I was teaching 5 year olds at a school in Brighton. I have  delivered my courses at West Dean College, West Sussex and at other colleges and groups across the UK. I also hold my own regular monthly rag rug and feltmaking workshops in Mayfield East Sussex. See 'Schools' page on this website..

My book Rag Rugs Old into New (in a series of three) is available to buy - email info@debbiesiniska.co.uk to order your copy

I work for interior design companies and private commission.  My rugs have been sold in the Tate Gallery Shop in London, and my Tulips rag rug (commissioned by Charleston),  can be seen in Maynard Keynes bedroom at  the Charleston Farmhouse,  bohemian  home of the Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, in Lewes, East Sussex - the house is open to the public. I teach rag rug making workshops at Charleston, for more info go to my Events page

I have taught for the National Trust, and exhibited my work at the V&A museum in London. I have also been featured in the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, and on BBC and Channel 4 television,  with Kirstie Allsopp on her Homemade Home series 2. My books Rag Rugs Old into New were self-published to coincide with being tv.

Dorling Kindersly's book CRAFTS features some of my work, published in 2013 

I am a member of The Sussex Guild of Makers , the Heritage Crafts Association and The Sussex Arts Collective.

Click here for my resumé.

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