Stella was born in Chislehurst, Kent. She began weaving in 1975, working with Breon O'Casey and using a Navajo style loom. Employing handspun sheet and goats' yarn, she also made her own colours with chemical dyes.

Her work was featured in the 1988 show, Craft Work, curated by Sheelagh O'DONNELL at NAG to show the work of top craftsmen and tapestry weavers in the South West.