Heather Ritchie
Heather Ritchie was one of Britain's most experienced rugmakers and teachers of rug-making. When she and her husband moved into a house with cold flagstone floors in North Yorkshire, a neighbour showed her how to make a rug using hessian sacking and old lisle stockings. Heather was immediately inspired by the idea and developed and refined her rug-making skills to the highest standard. She travelled widely running workshops and was internationally recognised for her skills: some of her most complex work has been described as 'painting with fabric'.

Fleet and Heather

Shades of Heather
Through her workshop, 'Shades of Heather', Heather introduced an enthusiastic new generation of crafters to the hobby. The annual rug-making 'retreat', which she ran in the North Yorkshire Dales with Cilla Cameron, attracted rug makers from all over the world. She was featured in a number of TV documentaries and her rugs appeared regularly in international craft publications and books. Her work, including commissions by the celebrated artist MacKenzie Thorpe, has been exhibited widely. A book about her life and work, Hooked Rug Storytelling: The Art of Heather Ritchie, was published by Schiffer in 2011.
Rug Slideshow
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