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Alison Ellen

Textiles, knitting and dyeing

SAOS Open Studios 2017 My studio is full of colour: yarn dyeing, knitting in progress, books, and knitwear for sale in wool and in hemp. Ideas for colours and textures often come from the surrounding garden and landscape, and I have a range of designs to suit different individuals.
I design jackets, jumpers, waistcoats and hats, with interest in structure and drape, as well as colour and texture.
My interest in hand knitting includes running workshops in the UK and abroad, part time teaching at West Dean College, and a fourth book on design for knitting will be published in 2015.

knitwear for sale, commissions welcome

parking, upstairs studio

Visitors welcome by appointment

Jeffreys Cottage

Bealeswood Lane




GU10 4HS

tel: 01252 792442

mobile: 07896124418



social media:

  • Alison Ellen, zigzag jacket, golds and greys
  • Alison Ellen, fitted jacket
  • Alison Ellen, ribby shell jacket
  • Alison Ellen, seed pods
  • Alison Ellen, exhibition details
  • Alison Ellen, new book published
  • Alison Ellen, exhibition poster
  • Alison Ellen, damson patch jacket
  • Alison Ellen, poncho: poppy flowers
  • Alison Ellen, red stripes
  • Alison Ellen, shell pattern shrug
  • Alison Ellen, detail, zig zag jacket, purples


Alison Ellen's work can be seen at:

hand knitting: starting points and building confidence

West Dean College

West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex PO180QZ

Friday 1st Sep - Sunday 3rd Sep


a workshop for beginners or those who want a fresh start in knitting. You will learn how to use the simplest stitches creatively to shape the fabric so you can make simple garments. The course aims to encourage experimentation with basic skills and improve confidence.

pre-Christmas exhibition

The English Wine Centre

Alfriston Road, Berwick, East Sussex. BN26 5QS

Saturday 4th Nov - Sunday 5th Nov

10am - 5pm

'Six Sussex (and visitor!) Artists and Craftsmen- pre Christmas exhibition', hosted by Jonathan Chiswell Jones, ceramics.

sussex guild exhibition

Midhurst Rother College

Midhurst, Sussex

Saturday 2nd Dec - Sunday 3rd Dec


a selling exhibition by the Sussex guild of Craftsmen, showing high quality work in textiles, ceramics, wood, leather, jewellery, metal and glass.