About Rachel Ellen
I work in a wide variety of materials due to a background in secondary teaching which massively broadened my materials and processes experience and knowledge. My true passions are for traditional crafts and I strive to share them as widely as possible so that future generation can experience the joy and beauty that they provide. I can’t choose just one craft, I am dedicated to constantly expanding my skills in all my crafts so that I can pass them on to others to learn and enjoy. The list includes Pewter Casting, Enameling, Bookbinding, Crochet and Knit.
Pewter Casting - I use drop cast and I cast in wood, cuttle fish and silicon moulds. Exploring traditional techniques with a contemporary style. Originally driven by teaching young people to embrace this craft, now a personal journey and a drive to share it far and wide.
Enameling – I work on copper and silver from powders and recycled glass. I was taught by a dear friend who's precision was beautiful and who's love of teaching infectious, it rubbed off
Bookbinding – I use traditional techniques & contemporary styles with established & reclaimed materials, it all started on my degree and I've been in love with it since
Crochet - Everyone could crochet, perhaps everyone should, I've been crocheting for over 7/8 of my life and I’m discovering and developing stitches and techniques all the time
Knit - Such rhythm, such richness, such a wholesome craft, I knitted for 20 years before even learning to read a pattern. Now I blend, break the rules and continue to find my own way.
Decorative Stitch Book
These hand stitch books have a variety of materials including wood, reclaimed papers and maps. They are my examples for my one day beginners bookbinding course.