Feverfew Rag Rug by Debbie Siniska


Debbie SIniska

Btritish Textile Artist Debbie Siniska has worked professionally from her home in East Sussex as a designer, maker, teacher and writer for the past 20 years specializing in rag rug making using the shuttle hook and recycled textiles. Her rag rugs are made using traditional and contemporary techniques. Debbie is also a felt maker, and makes felt clothing bags, hats and jewellery.  Recycling and sustainability are an integeral part of Debbies work - and the enduring thrift craft of rag rug making has survived the span of time, to be as relevant today as it was in the early 1900's.

She had taught in schools and colleges, at young offenders centres and at women's refuge. She also visits textiles groups up and down the country. The Tate Gallery in London commissioned and sold her Bloomsbury rugs which accompanied an important Bloomsbury exhibition to celebrate the millennium.
She was also commissioned to make a reproduction of an old Bloomsbury rag rug for Charleston Farmhouse, home of the Bloomsbury literary and art group of the 1920's in Lewes East Sussex, that is open to the public. The rug now lies in Maynard Keynes bedroom in the house.

 Debbie works to commission for interior design companies and privately, and she sells through galleries and art shows. Her work has sold in the United States, France, Switzerland and Australia. She has published a book on beadwork jewellery, and has contributed to many craft magazines, and books on related subjects. She holds pop up workshops in Kent and East Sussex and teaches at the West Dean College in West Sussex.  Her successful project Creativity in Schools, a fun hands-on art project,  gets children working with traditional hand tools, and recycled textiles. 

 Debbie  is a member of the Sussex Arts Collective, The Heritage Crafts Association, and she is  on the register of makers at the Crafts Council of England.  She has appeared on BBC television and on Channel 4 with Kirstie Alsopp on her Homemade Home series.  

Debbie's  book 'Rag Rugs - Old into New'  is available to buy, go to the 'Home' page to order your copy


  • Punch and Judy hand puppets - needle felted heads, 100% recycled materials, hand stitched bodies. Commission 2021
  • Duncan Grants's Acrobat - private commission - 2019

  • Omega Workshops symbol with figures - mat For Charleston's 'Post Impressionist Living The Omega Workshops' exhibition Sept '19 to March' 2020.

  • Hare in the Woods private commission rag rug 2017

  • Saturn_ shaped planet rug - private commission 2018

  • Kandinski  - mat for childrens seattle - private commission 2017

  • Fishes   4'6"x3' bathmat - private commission 2017

  • Treescape  - 7'  x 4' banner - private commission  2015

  • Treetops Vine- 7 1/2 ft diameter private commission for listed Old Granary building 2010

  • Pea Pods - private commission 2009

  • Warrior Green Man- private commission 2009

  • Tinners Hares  - private commission 2008

  • Mistletoe Man 
    Private Commission 2005

  • Kitchen seat mats 
    Private Commission 2004

  • Planetry kids banner
  • Private Commission 2004

  • Duncan Grants's Acrobat /Bloomsbury Acrobat
    Private Commission 2003

  • Reproduction of original Bloomsbury rug 'tulips' 
    Charleston Trust, Firle, E.Sussex 2001

  • Mottled pattern oval rag rug  11' 6in by 9' 3in
  • Chester Jones Interior Design Company, London 2000

A series of 8 Bloomsbury rag rugs to accompany Millennium Bloomsbury exhibition at the Tate Britain Gallery shop, London December 1999 - January 2000 (see Lute Player on gallery page)
  • Bloomsbury style rag rugs  for shop/gallery
    Charleston Trust, Firle, E.Sussex, UK 1998/1999 (see West Wind on gallery page

  • Two giant striped rag rugs 14' by 12', and 13' by 10'
    Bosanquet Ives specialist floor coverings 1995 (these two rugs are the largest I've made)
  • Anchovy Heaven 6' by 4'
    private commission 1993 (see gallery )

Tropical Palms  8' by 6'
Private commission 1991


  • Fan rag rug. 3' by 18in
    Blackheath Fan Museum, London, UK 1990


  • Sussex Arts Collective - Crypt Gallery Seaford
  • December 2018
  • Heritage Crafts Association at the V&A Museum London Spring 2011 and 2012
  • Jersey Textile Showcase - Harbour Gallery, St Aubin March 2011
  • Cranbrook Art Show Kent, 2011/2012
          Open Studio each year in June  
  • Flower Power
    Beetroot Gallery Derbys, May 2008
  • New Primitives
    Farnham Maltings, May 2008 
  • Schools project - Jubilee Library Gallery
    Brighton April 2006
  • Painted Ladies
    Brenchley, Kent UK 2004
  • Spin Cycle
    Brighton, Sussex UK 2004
  • New Primitives
    Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK 2003
  • Bliss
    Shipley Art Gallery, Shipley, UK 2002
  • Cranbrook Art Show
    Cranbrook, Kent, UK, 2002
  • Off the Wall - A Contemporary Rag Rug Exhibition
    Bromham Hall, Bromham, Beds, UK, 2001
  • Mehndi & Waves, Palms and Pods
    A joint exhibition featuring the work of Tanya and Debbie Siniska
    Wealden Wholefoods Gallery, Wadhurst, E.Sussex, UK, 2001
  • Cranbrook Art Show
    Cranbrook, Kent, UK, 2000
  • Cranbrook Art Show
    Cranbrook, Kent, UK, 1999
  • Cranbrook Art Show
    Cranbrook, Kent, UK, 1998
  • Magic Carpets
    Tonbridge Library Gallery, Tonbridge, Kent, UK, 1997
  • Showing Off
    Marle Place, Brenchley, Kent UK 1997
  • Strictly Textiles
    Peterborough Exhibition Centre, Peterborough, UK 1996
  • Christmas Showing Off
    Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK 1995
  • Showing Off
    Marle Place, Brenchley, Kent UK 1995
  • Pantiles Craftworkers
    Craft Co-Operative ,Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK 1992 - 1995
  • Rag Rugs as Art
    Shipley Art Gallery, Yorkshire , UK 1993
  • Rugs and Hangings
    Charleston Farmhouse Gallery, Firle, E.Sussex UK 1992


author of:

Rag Rugs Old into New (in a series of three)

2010 - self published 

Decorative Beadwork

1994 Letts Contemporary Crafts Series

Projects featured in:

Crafts -  2012 Dorling Kindersley


 Rag Rugs by Ann Davis
1992 New Holland

Rag Rug Inspirations by Juliet Bawden
1996 Cassell

The Book of Jewelry by Jo Moody
1994 Simon & Schuster

Frame Works by Juliet Bawden
1995 Anness Publishing

Lamps & Shades by Juliet Bawden
1996 New Holland

Mobile Magic by Juliet Bawden
1996 Lorenz Books (Anness Publishing)

Decorative Glasswork by Michael Ball
1997 Lorenz Books (Anness Publishing)


Craft projects designed and presented on:

Kirsties Homemade Home Channel 4 - December 2010

 BBC South East - February 2008 

Cheap Chic UK Living Satellite TV
First broadcast January 1998

Craftwise TLC satellite television
First broadcast May 1996


Magazines and Press

Projects and articles featured in:

Reclaim Magazine Jan/Feb 2020 issue 47 'in the workshop' 

Magpie Anthology - meet-the-maker, September 2019

Sunday Telegraph 'Life' supplement - October 2009

Country Living Magazine - April 2009

Sunday Times August 2008 

Evening Standard Home and Property Mag April 2008 

 Craft &design Magazine June/July 2008

Make it! IPC SouthBank, London UK
Christmas issue 2001
Feb-Mar 2002
Apr-May 2002

Popular Crafts Nexus, Swanley, UK
regular contributor 1997 2002

Craftsman Magazine PSB Design, Driffield, UK
Issue 121 August 2001

Craftopia (online magazine)
February 2000
March 2000

Crafts Beautiful Aceville Publications, Colchester, UK
Sept 1999
Dec 1998
Sept 1998

Beautiful Stitches Aceville Publications, Colchester, UK
July 1999

Inspirations GE Publications, London, UK
May1998 (gallery)

Get Crafty Marshall Cavendish, London, UK
Issue 93 Sept 1996

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