A BUDDING young lawyer has given up a future in court in favour of stitching and embroidery.

Ellis Kindred took up the creative new hobby while she was studying law at Edge Hill University as a way of easing the stresses and strains of the demanding course.

After graduating with a first class honours degree, the 23-year-old has opened a small business from her home in Warrington town centre making embroidery hoops and tote bags and her latest project will see 50% of the profits from one of her products being donated to a charity that is close to her heart.

Ellis was diagnosed with endometriosis two years ago – a chronic condition that affects one in 10 women.

She is in pain almost every day and the condition is something she will have to live with, using various different treatments.

Ellis said: “It’s a daily struggle dealing with endometriosis and I suffer from chronic pain all the time.

“Endometriosis UK has provided a lot of support over the last two years and I found the book The Experts’ Guide to Treat, Manage and Live Well With Your Symptoms a huge help.”

The talented owner of Smile and Stitch started doing embroidery during the first lockdown and after giving some away to friends and family she was quickly asked to create specific designs as gifts.

She said: “I used to do embroidery to de-stress while I was doing my degree and in April and May last year I kept creating more and more.

“There are only so many embroidery hoops that you can display in your home or give away to people so I decided to start a business.

“I have also designed some tote bags and my latest one features the slogan Endo warrior with 50% of the profits going to Endometriosis UK.”

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Ellis is also working on another design with the slogan #1in10.

The bags are available from her etsy shop and also on instagram @SmileAndStitch¬_ and Facebook Smile & Stitch.