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Louisa and Lewis' rugs are featured in these books:

  • Rag Rugs of England and America by Emma Tennant
    1992 Walker Books
  • Rag Rug Inspirations by Juliet Bawden
    1996 Cassell
  • Rag Rugs by Juju Vail
    1997 Apple Press
  • Contemporary Hooked Rugs by Linda Rae Coughlin
    2007 Schiffer Books
  • Rags to Riches by Rosemary Allan
    2007 Beamish Museum
  • Rag Rug Creations by Lynn Stein
    2014 Bloomsbury Publishing
  • The University of York Art Collection Catalogue 2015
 

View a large selection of Louisa and Lewis' rag rugs. Select from thumbnail images to see a larger picture.

Louisa and Lewis' rugs are held in collections at:

  • York Castle Museum
  • Beamish Open Air Museum,
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
  • Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
  • Ryedale Folk Museum
  • University of York
  • Tullie House, Carlisle
  • New Hall, University of Cambridge
  • Hornsea Museum, East Yorkshire
  • Keswick Museum, Cumbria.
 
  Castlerigg by Louisa Creed

Boogie Woogie Frog by Lewis Creed
 
       

Louisa and Rag Rugs

Read an article about Louisa's approach to rag rug hooking.

  Louisa and Lewis Making Rag Rugs  

 

     

Spinning Sphere: View the planet rugs

 

Louisa and Rag Rugs

View Louisa's rugs inspired by the sun, moon and planets of our solar system.

 

 

 

     

RECENT EXHIBITIONS & WORKSHOPS

Cemetery Chapel, York
Mainly Rag Rugs
Friday 14 to Sunday 16 October 2016

10 YORK CRAFTERS will display and sell their work in this magnificent space. The exhibition will include, besides rag rugs: wall-hangings, baskets, prints, pyrography, knitting, tapestry weaving, spinning, painting and crochet work.

10 YORK CRAFTERS have been exhibiting their work at the Cemetery Chapel, York, since 1994. They have recently changed the time of year, the frequency and the duration of their shows, but you will find the same friendly atmosphere, the rag rugs hung round the walls, the other craftwork for sale on stalls, and a large table in the middle where you are welcome to come and try your hand at rag rug-making, or come with your own work to spend an hour or two with the group's members over a cup of tea.

10am - 4pm daily. Entrance is free.
The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, York, YO10 5AJ
Telephone: 01904 610578. Website: www.yorkcemetery.org.uk

Mainly Rag Rugs
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 October 2014
'10 York Crafters' will display and sell their work in this magnificent space. The exhibition will include, besides rag rugs: wall-hangings, baskets, prints, pyrography, knitting, tapestry weaving, spinning, painting and crochet work.
10am - 4pm daily. Entrance is free.
The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, York, YO10 5AJ
Telephone: 01904 610578. Website: www.yorkcemetery.org.uk

Exhibition of Contemporary Art with a Historic Context at Cemetry Chapel, York.
From Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd September 2013
35 artists have been asked to contribute one or two works depicting an aspect of York Cemetery. Opening hours 11.00am to 6.00pm each day.
The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, York, YO10 5AJ
Telephone: 01904 610578. Website: www.yorkcemetery.org.uk

Exhibition at Farnley Hall, Otley
Saturday 20th April 2013 from 16.00 - 21.00
Telephone: 07773 488326
Farnley Hall, Otley, LS21 2QF
http://www.farnleyhall.co.uk
Please download an invitation from the events page if you would like to come.

The Castle Museum, York Hooky Rag Rug Workshops 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th March 2013 (last two subject to demand) Lewis and Louisa will lead these workshops which will run between 10.00am and 1.00pm. To book a place, please ring York Museums Trust. Telephone: 01904 650 333. www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk The Castle Museum, Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY

Cemetery Chapel, York
Mainly Rag Rugs
Friday 12 October to Sunday 14 October 2012
'10 York Crafters' will display and sell their work in this magnificent space. The exhibition will include, besides rag rugs: wall-hangings, baskets, prints, pyrography and knitting.

10am - 4pm daily. Entrance is free.
The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, York YO10 5AJ
Telephone: 01904 610578

"Spring into Action" Craft Day
Saturday, 24th March 2012, 9.30am - 4.00pm
This will be a "taster" day for 4 crafts, lasting 90 mins for each craft. Lewis and Louisa will be taking the Rag Rugs section.
Wigginton Recreation Hall, York. Enquiries: 01904 765199

The Castle Museum, York
Workshop: An Introduction to Hooky Rag Rugs
21st and 22nd April 2012
Lewis and Louisa will lead a practical introduction to hooky rag rugs.
To book a place, please ring York Museums Trust. Tel: 01904 650 333.
www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
The Castle Museum, Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY

Rag Rug Workshops at Scampston Hall
Tuesday 11th October and Thursday 13th October 2011
Read more on the Scampston Hall events webpage
For enquiries, please phone Anne Ainsley on 01944 759111
www.scampston.co.uk

Scampston Hall, near Malton, YO17 8NG.

Cemetery Chapel, York
Open Studio with the Ebor Ruggers

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd April 2011
Lewis and Louisa will be exhibiting with the Ebor Ruggers,
Friday 1st April 6-9pm
Saturday 2nd April 10-6pm
Sunday 3rd April 11-5pm
Find out more at www.eborruggers.com and www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk/
The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, York YO10 5AJ
Telephone: 01904 610578

The Castle Museum, York
Workshop: An Introduction to Hooky Rag Rugs
Saturday 9 October 2010
Lewis and Louisa will lead a practical introduction to hooky rag rugs from 10 am to 1 pm. The workshop costs £6.00 per person, which includes materials and refreshments.
To book a place, please ring York Museums Trust. Tel: 01904 650 333.

The Castle Museum, Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY

Nantwich Museum, Cheshire
A Celebration of Rag Rugs
Saturday 15 May - Saturday 17 July 2010
Lewis and Louisa are taking part in an exhibition of rag rugs at Nantwich Museum.

10.30am - 4.30pm daily. Closed Mondays.
Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5BQ. Tel: 01270 627104
www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk

Cemetery Chapel, York
Mainly Rag Rugs 5
Sunday 30 May - Sunday 13 June 2010
'10 York Crafters' display and sell their work in this magnificent space every three years. This is their fifth exhibition and will include, besides rag rugs: wall-hangings, baskets, prints, pyrography and knitting.

Members of 'Ten York Crafters' will be on hand to demonstrate and instruct anyone who would like to learn about rag rug making, and materials will be on sale. All rag rug makers are welcome to come and work with us in groups or singly.

School parties can be shown how to hook and prod (by appointment). Beginners wishing to learn are also welcome. Enquiries 01904 624272 OR 01904 630055.

10am - 4pm daily. Entrance is free.
The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, York YO10 5AJ
Telephone: 01904 610578

The New School House Gallery
'Home'
Thursday 11 February to Saturday 27 March 2010
Lewis and Louisa will be exhibiting their rag rugs at this mixed craft exhibition.

10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Sunday and Monday by appointment
The New School House Gallery, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW
Telephone: 01904 653603 www.schoolhousegallery.co.uk

Rag Rug Workshops at Scampston Hall
Tuesday 27 April to Thursday 29 April 2010
Read more on the Scampston Hall events webpage
Scampston Hall, near Malton, YO17 8NG.
For enquiries, please phone Anne Ainsley on 01944 759111
www.scampston.co.uk

Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles
Saturday 24 October - Saturday 21 November 2009
Freehand's annual ceramics show included a selection of Lewis and Louisa's rag rugs.
Freehand, 8413 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA90048. Tel: 323 655 2607
www.freehand.com

Exhibition and Workshop at Scampston Hall
Tuesday 28 April - Sunday 21 June 2009
An exhibition of Louisa and Lewis Creed's rag rugs along with a workshop on 5 May 2009. Read more on the Scampston Hall events webpage
10am-5pm
Scampston Hall, near Malton, YO17 8NG.
For enquiries, please phone Anne Ainsley on 01944 759111
www.scampston.co.uk

The Treasurer's House, York
Rags to Riches
Sunday 1 March - Thursday 2 April 2009
A selling exhibition of rugs by The Ebor Ruggers,including rugs by Louisa and Lewis Creed.
11am-4.30pm everyday except Fridays
The Treasurer's House, (National Trust), Minster Yard, York, YO2 7JL. Tel. 01904 685563

Beverley Art Gallery A is for Animal
5 July - 30 August 2008
Sculpture by Karen Trower and rag rugs by Lewis and Louisa Creed

Beverley Art Gallery, Champney Road, Beverley, HU17 8HE
Phone for opening times: 01482 392780

Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire
Mainly Rag Rugs

28 May - 11 June 2008
An exhibition of traditional crafts by members of "10 York Crafters".

Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire Moors

Lewis and Louisa surrounded by their rugs at Sutton Bank

Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset
Rag Rug Revival

22 September - 28 October 2007
An exhibition that follows the journey of hand-made rugs from both public and private collections, "Rag Rug Revival" includes information and examples of the historical element of rag rug making alongside recent rugs. A focal point will be the major contribution of the Nicholson family.

Walford Mill Crafts,
Stone Lane, Wimbourne, Dorset, BH21 1NL
Telephone: 01202 841460
10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday
11am - 4pm Sunday

Cemetery Chapel, York
Mainly Rag Rugs 4
An exhibition of the work of 10 YORK CRAFTERS and running RAG RUG WORKSHOP

27 May - 10 June 2007
The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, York YO10 5AJ
Telephone: 01904 624272 or 01904 630055
Entry free, daily 10am - 4pm. Parties and school groups welcome.
Read more about the exhibition.

Langwith College, University of York
"Cats and Frogs"
An exhibition of rag rugs by Louisa and Lewis Creed

Opens 20th November 2006
Open to the public from 21 November to 8 December 2006
Open everyday 9.00am to 6.00pm. If closed, apply to the Porter for access.

Tenby, Wales
The International Guild of Hand-hooking Rugmakers (TIGHR)

4 – 8 October 2006
Lewis and Louisa are holding workshops during this international conference in Tenby, Wales. For more information about the conference, visit the TIGHR website: www.tighr.org

Bilston Craft Gallery
Deconstruct : Reconstruct
An exhibition examining traditional textile techniques in contemporary work
12 November 2005 – 7 January 2006
Deconstruct : Reconstruct showed work by national and regional contemporary textile artists and makers who are somehow inspired by traditional techniques or ways of working. It explored the inheritance of techniques and the traditions of making for the home to increase accessibility to non-textile specialists and audiences.
Bilston Craft Gallery
Bilston, Wolverhampton
Website: www.wolverhampton.gov.uk

University of Hull
"Painting in Rags"
An Exhibition of Rag Rugs by Lewis and Louisa Creed and Glenda Morris
17 May – mid-July 2005 or longer
Artcafe, Larkin Building (near main entrance)
University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull
Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm.
Telephone: Lewis or Louisa Creed (01904) 624272
or Simona Rizzardi (01482) 842779

Goole Art Gallery
Exhibition of Rag Rugs by Louisa Creed, Lewis Creed and Glenda Morris
4 April – 14 May 2005
Workshop Wednesday 13 April 10.00am – 3.30pm
Goole Art Gallery, Church Street, Goole, DN14 5BG
Telephone: 01482 392777

Talk: "Painting in Rags" by Lewis and Louisa Creed
7 March 2005 at 7.30pm
York Art Workers' Association.
At Jacob's Well, Trinity Lane, Micklegate, York
Non-members welcome 3.00

Caroline Wiseman Modern Art Gallery
"Nicholsons: A Vital Simplicity"
30 October - 30 November 2004
The work of 17 members of the Nicholson family (including Louisa Creed) will be on show. Read more.
Telephone: 020 7587 0747 for opening times
Caroline Wiseman Modern Art is at 34 West Square London, SE11 4SP.

Tythe Barn, Nether Poppleton
The Rag Rugs of Lewis and Louisa Creed
Poppleton Arts will be presenting an Exhibition of the Rag Rugs of Lewis and Louisa Creed in the Tythe Barn, Nether Poppleton, York on Saturday, 16th October 2004 from 2.30 - 4.00.

Beverley Art Gallery
"On the Farm"
17 July - 5 September 2004
A mixture of drawings and various crafts (including our rag rugs), focussing on farm animals.
Telephone: 01482 392780
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm

Hellens, Ledbury
"Treasures from the Rag Bag"
Friday to Sunday 17 - 19 September 2004
Exhibits by Ledbury Ruggers and other rag rug artists from all over the country (including Lewis and Louisa) Workshops and demonstrations.
The exhibition is at Hellens, Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire (in the newly-restored barn). The House also hopen 2-5 Saturday and Sunday

For further information please telephone 01531 637373/631873.
Admission 2.00

Cemetery Chapel, York
Mainly Rag Rugs 3

22 May - 6 June 2004
The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, York YO10 5AJ
Telephone: 01904 624272 or 01904 630055
Entry free, daily 10am - 4pm

The third of a 3-yearly event which combines an exhibition with a running rag rug workshop. It was arranged and manned by Louisa and Lewis Creed with the other members of "10 York Crafters".

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Sewing for Pleasure Exhibition
11- 14 March 2004
For the first time, this exhibition includes a large selection of rag rugs, old and new
.

Doncaster Arts Centre (DARTS)
Rag Rugs Workshop with Louisa and Lewis Creed
6 December 2003, 10am - 3.30pm
DARTS, The Point, 16 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR
Telephone 01302 341662
Read a review of last year's exhibition at DARTS

Barakura English Garden (Japan)
Tateshina Heights in the hills above Tokyo

Harvest Festival, 10 - 13 October 2003
Twenty-one of Louisa and Lewis Creeds' rugs were included in this arts and crafts exhibition.
Find out more.

The Farming Museum, Murton, York
Rag Rug Festival Week-end in May

Among many other rag rug events, Louisa and Lewis Creed and Glenda Morris will be giving a workshop "Painting in Rags" on Sunday, 11th May 2003.
Find out more.
Tel: Heather Lamborn (01904) 738317

New Hall, Cambridge, Art Collection
4 May - 7 June 2003
Louisa Creed, Glenda Morris, and Lewis Creed rag rug exhibition
Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DF, UK
Find out more here, on this website, or visit the New Hall website: www.newhall.cam.ac.uk/womensart/

Doncaster Arts Centre (DARTS)
Painting in Rugs - Read a review of the exhibition
Exhibition of Rag Rugs, 12 November - 20 December 2002
Workshop 7 December 10am - 4pm
DARTS, The Point, 16 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR
Telephone 01302 341662
Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm
Late opening Wednesday and Thursday 10am - 9pm

Cleethorpes Discovery Centre
9 November - 5 January 2003
Louisa and Lewis Creed's rag rugs are included in the "Present" exhibition.

Grimsby Central Library
29 November - 5 January 2003
Louisa and Lewis Creed's rag rugs are included in the "Present" exhibition.

Workshop in Staithes, near Whitby
30 November 2002
- Read a review of the workshop
with Louisa and Lewis Creed and Glenda Morris
Find out more about the course and Louisa, Lewis and Glenda.

Royal Manor Workshops, St George's Centre, Portland
12/13 October 2002 Weekend Rag Rug Course
with Louisa and Lewis Creed and Glenda Morris
Find out more about the course and Louisa, Lewis and Glenda.

Ropewalk Gallery, Barton-upon-Humber
5 October 2002 Rag Rug Workshop
with Louisa and Lewis Creed and Glenda Morris
Find out more about the workshop and Louisa, Lewis and Glenda.

Wakefield Art Gallery
6 July - 1 September 2002
Animals in Art
An exhibition of paintings with a few of Louisa and Lewis' rugs

Rag Rug Exhibition and Workshops
Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA, UK
29 March - 7 April 2002

A workshop at Ryedale Folk Museum Visitors making rag rugs at the exhibition

A stunning display of rag rugs including Winifred Nicholson designs worked by Florence Williams; old Northumberland 'proggies' and Yorkshire 'proddys'; modern rugs of all kinds from traditional local designs to creative wall hangings and plastic bag mats. Plus a chance to have a go yourself!

Salisbury Festival
24 May - 30 June 2002
Exhibition In Praise of Trees in Salisbury Cathedral
View Louisa's rugs which were on display.
View Lewis' rugs which were on display.

 

 
       

 

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