Clutch bags now available!

I had a fabulous few days in Padstow with the Bolla Tay girls earlier this month.  Thanks to all those who came by to see us, it was lovely to meet new customers as well as customers from previous years……  I hope you all enjoy your new handbags!

I promised I would be adding more to my online shop after its launch a few weeks ago, so here are the first new editions…. These clutch bags are the result of my collaboration with designer C F McEwan.   They are made using her special silk and hemp fabric and they feel gorgeous!

For all the information, please click here to visit to visit my shop.

If you are interested in purchasing the matching scarves, please click here to contact Clare to check availability.  Oh, and Clare currently has a summer sale on some of her gorgeous scarves…..


New photos….

Over the next few weeks I will be updating my site with new photos from a recent shoot; these photos will include new versions of favourites, as well as new bags which haven’t yet featured on my site.

My Vintage Bags and Clutch Bags (under the Handbags by Ellie page) collections are the first to get a new look; click on the Vintage Bags by Ellie page and the Clutch Bags by Ellie page for more photos and details of these bags.

For a preview, click on the gallery to enlarge and scroll through.

Another clutch bag from Clare and Ellie….

Following on from my last post, here’s my latest creation using C F McEwan’s hemp and silk fabric for a Classic Evening Ellie Clutch bag.  This is made using the same fabric (Towers) as the Dorothy Clutch bag in the previous post, although I have chosen different parts of the fabric for the front and envelope panels.

The details, along with all the photos for this design, are on the Clutch Bags by Ellie page under the Handbags by Ellie header.  Click on the gallery to enlarge and scroll through and enjoy having a browse…

For more information about Clare and her fabric, see the previous post or visit her website.

Collaborating with Clare McEwan

I have recently collaborated with designer C F McEwan (click on the link to visit her website) using her latest range of fabric to create a classic clutch bag.  Clare is a freelance designer who uses digital photography and print media within textiles.  This incredible fabric is made from hemp and silk and has been a complete joy to work with.  The texture and feel are so unique and luxurious it adds yet another dimension to this clutch bag.  Using her beautiful fabric, Clare has created a range of stunning scarves which are well worth a browse.

Click on the gallery to enlarge and scroll through; some of these photos are from her recent design show – check out the fab chair covered in her fabric…

About the fabric creation

With an interest in surface, shape and layer, Clare makes use of a variety of materials in her work. Drawing, printmaking, hand stitching and simple making processes are combined to create abstract and atmospheric imagery. Irregular shaped objects are built using paper, fabric and plastic.

The textiles, objects and surfaces are photographed with different arrangements of lighting. Clare often selects materials with some translucency, like greaseproof paper, sculpting with these materials to find shapes within the translucency. Objects made create unusual silhouettes cast onto back-lit surfaces – which are then photographed.

Clare’s work

You can read all about Clare here; her website gives all the details of her work, collections, blogstockists and how to contact her.  There is also a link to her homepage in my Links I Love section.

Bags made from Clare’s fabric are available to order.  See Contacts page if you want to get in touch.


I’ve been busy making a couple of my clutch bags design using some gorgeous duchesse satin.   This has to be one of thee most sumptuous fabrics for clutch bags; it’s just lovely.  I’ve made this in a smart navy duchesse satin before but decided to try it with brighter satins.  I’ve used the red fabric with a previous bag (the Dorothy on the Vintage Bags page), but this was the first time I’d used this rich purple – and I LOVE it!  (although, that might have something to do with the colour reminding me of a certain brand of popular chocolate…. yum!).

I’ve added another couple of photos to the Clutch Bags by Ellie page (under the Handbags by Ellie header), but here’s a preview.  Click on the gallery below to enlarge and scroll through and enjoy having a browse….

More vintage bags….

I’ve just finished making two totally different vintage bags, but I LOVE both of them.

Click on the gallery to scroll through/enlarge and enjoy having a browse…

I’ve added these photos to their individual pages under the Vintage Bags header (which I’ve just reordered);  each design now has its own page with all the details separate and the Vintage Bags page has an overview of all designs.

Launching the new Handbags by Ellie page…

I’m really excited to be putting more of my own designs and creations on my site.  I’ve just created a brand new page, entitled Handbags by Ellie, which has an overview gallery of the bags.  Check out the sub-pages (Clutch Bags by Ellie and Vintage Bags by Ellie) for all the photos and information on each style of bag.

Here’s a sneak preview of a couple of clutch bags…  Enjoy having a browse..