From Ellie's Hand

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I have listed two of my smaller brooches on Etsy:-





Two students came back for a second year, having made good progress on their own.  They  choose for themselves what they were interested in and want to learn more about.

Student work 5

Student work 3b



Here are some more photographs of beginners’ achievements 🙂  Well done!

student work 2b

Student work 6

student work 1b

student work 4b

Current work in progress

I used a framework of withies, hessian strips and reclaimed copper wires.  The elements will be alligned with these as the work develops.

Laying it out

Laying it out


This wall hanging is designed to fit a specific space above a stairwell.

Over the next few days I will post some of the detail of the work.

Firstly – here is one of the freeform spirals before being incorporated.  This is worked in two soft yarns of differing weights to give a variation in texture as well as colour.

Freeform spiral in two differing weights of yarn

Freeform spiral in two differing weights of yarn


I always encourage learners to keep all their first attempts at learning.

Firstly because people learn a lot from their mistakes, so having the mistake in hand at that “how did I sort this one out last time?”moment really helps jog the memory.  Secondly, because it is such an encouragement to see how far you have come.

I asked the students to bring all stages of their work in at the end of the course to show off their progress.  Here are some photographs of the work they produced.  Thank you for allowing me to use your photos, and my apologies for not getting them posted sooner.

Overview 1

An overview of students’ work

overview 2

and again, more work.

Puzzles and frustrations of a blogging beginner

OK – After what seems like forever, I am still learning how to blog.  Yesterday I learned that galleries don’t seem to work very well.  The pictures looked small and uninteresting and didn’t display at all in facebook.  Just a big blank space – which did have a link to the gallery page, but it took ages to load.    Now I understand why people post one photograph at  time.  So, please be patient with me as I learn.