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Alison Ellen

Textiles, knitting and dyeing

115 SAOS Open Studios 2019 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



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  • 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:

Soft Engineering, textiles taking shape

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7AL

Tuesdays to Sundays


4 textile practitioners showing their work in a touring exhibition. Ann Richards and Deirdre Wood, weavers, Julie Hedges, braidmaker, and my knitted pieces. A beautiful setting in the old mill which still produces silk, and has a re-furbished gallery. We will be holding a seminar and workshops, details on my website.