Ellie, who joined the Wool Clip in 2018, is passionate about sustainability and the source of her materials. She keeps a small, but varied flock of rescue sheep, who supply almost all the wool she uses in her feltmaking, with a tiny amount also being supplied by family and friends.
Ellie began making felt in 2000 and has always specialised in British wools, mainly because she can grow her own and she has a particular interest in wool from unusual crosses. She makes one-off pieces including a WW1 uniform, a chess set and coffin, but also makes small items including brooches, needlecases and tea cosies. In 2015 Ellie decided to expand on her love of making hats and undertook a millinery summer school in order to develop a unique range of felt and tweed hats. All tweeds used are British, some Harris tweeds, some from breed societies and, increasingly, tweeds woven from yarn from her own flock.
Ellie is based in Upper Weardale in the North Pennines, where she lives on an off-grid smallholding powered by wind, sun and wood. She is a founder of the North Pennines Wool Group and the organiser of the Horsley Wool Fairs. She has a Masters degree in Landscape and Environmental Arts and is a qualified adult education tutor.