Ellspeth started with three, with different designs, colours and treatments. "I coat each last with chalk paint to create a base colour, and then sand down corners, high spots and anywhere there are numbers, measurements and writing, so the real history of the last can come through.
"On my first three I drew a lace style in pen, a colourful daisy and a snakeskin pump using tester pots and mixing colours myself. When I was happy with the design I used wax to enhance the sheen and seal the paint in place," she said.
Using inspiration from her collection of wild flower, butterfly and craft books, as well as her own imagination, Ellspeth has now completed 54 unique lasts, and is planning more!