Josie’s family, the Hippisleys of Glastonbury, lived at Wick, where her father was a farm worker. When Josie left school, she wanted to attend Cannington College to learn cheese making, but had to go into domestic service in Glastonbury to help support her family. Josie started making rag rugs from old clothes during the war years. Her husband made a frame on which she made the rugs. Josie donated a collection of rag rugs to the SRLM, Glastonbury.