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6 Hour Introduction to Natural Dyeing, ELKA Studio, Littleton, Hampshire

A colour wheel of naturally dyed yarn

About the Course

6 hour 'Introduction to Natural Dyeing' workshop, 10am-4pm, ELKA studio, Littleton, Hampshire.


The workshop will teach you the basic principles and practice of natural dyeing using everyday kitchen and foraged dyestuffs. There will also be an introduction to indigo and over dyeing.

Spaces are limited to ensure you receive as much guidance as you need.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those that have a little experience who would like some more practical guidance.


We like to work with as many sustainable materials as possible and, where possible, we try to source end of line and second hand materials that would otherwise go to waste.

You will be dyeing a range of natural yarns from hand spun recycled banana yarn to linen and organic cotton.


Claudia, Ellie's mum, has been teaching English for over 30 years, specialising in prison education.

Building on a life long interest in knitting and dress making she teamed up with Elka textiles, to produce naturally dyed yarns for fashion and upholstery fabrics.

In response to many inquiries about natural dyeing, we are now delighted to be offering this 6 hour workshop.


Elka studio, Winchester Stables, Kennel Lane, Littleton, SO22 6PT

There is plenty of parking for the studio. You will need to open the big metal gate to enter the parking area and shut it behind you. The studio is through the gates into the stable area, first door on the left. Please come on in.

Please note that Winchester Stables is a small working stables and though quite quiet, you can expect to meet horses, children, and Tilly, a very friendly jack russell on your way in.

Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure you have time to grab a cuppa and settle in before the workshop begins.

We look forward to meeting you soon but if you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to contact us.


Workshop cancellations by you

Our workshops are priced as fairly as possible. We therefore have to have a clear cancellation policy to ensure that we cover our costs and the on going viability of the workshop.
Please check your diary carefully to ensure that you are available to attend any workshops you are booking with us.

All our workshops are strictly non-refundable in all circumstances.

If you give more than 14 days notice to cancel a place on a workshop your options are as follows:

We will be happy to transfer you to another workshop, space permitting.
If there are no suitable future dates for you to transfer to we can provide a voucher to be used for a future workshop booking, this will be valid for one year from the date of issue.
You can of course send someone in your place at any time, but please note that this is your responsibility to find a replacement person and you must let us know in advance who will be attending.
If you give less than 14 days notice to cancel a place on a workshop then your options are as follows:

If you have COVID19 or are displaying symptoms of COVID19, you will be given a voucher to be used for a future workshop which will be valid for one year from the date of issue.
If you would like to transfer, we can only transfer you to a future workshop if your place is re-sold.
If you would like to transfer and the place is not re-sold, we can add you to a last minute availability waiting list for future dates of the workshop. If there are still unsold places on the workshop with 24-48 hours until the workshop is due to take place, we will offer you a place at no additional charge. Please note this option is not a guarantee of a space.
We will do our best to fill the place within this time. Please be aware that in our experience it can be difficult to fill places on workshops at short notice.

Multiple class sessions

Some of our workshops take place over several sessions. If you miss a session unfortunately we cannot offer a make up session. If you require further tuition to complete your project you may be able to book 1:1 lessons depending on the project and tuition required.

Workshop cancellations by us

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a workshop you will be given at least 24 hours notice and offered a transfer to another date, voucher to be used at another time or in our store, or a full refund. We will not be held liable for any other costs or expenses that you may incur in the event of cancellation by us.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The workshop price includes 6 hours of guided tuition, which includes all the necessary materials and equipment including aprons and gloves.

You will be given your own clear workshop handouts to take away with you.

Self service teas, coffee, biscuits and dairy free milk will be available all day. Please bring a pack lunch with you and cow's milk if you prefer this.


Ellie Fisher at Elka
Elka Studio, Winchester Stables, Kennel Lane
SO22 6PT
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  • Parking provided
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6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
- - #27611

We had an absolutely fabulous day dyeing with Claudia. I think our enthusiasm bubbled over at times (Claudia had to struggle to control us 🤭) and by the end of the day, we had a wonderful sample book and the information for future experiments with natural dyes. You will probably discover us foraging in the local woods!
A great course in a beautiful location and we were thoroughly spoiled by Margaret with her breakfast treats and very yummy lunch.
If you are curious about what can be achieved with dyes sourced from the wild, then I recommend this course heartily.

Response from Elka:

HI Jean, thank you so much for the lovely review, it was a pleasure to meet you. I'm so glad you enjoyed the day! Very best wishes, Claudia

In-person course
- - #27607

Highly informative, well resourced and a really well taught course on natural dying. Really recommend. Also some pretty amazing food and venue was in a wonderful location.

Response from Elka:

Hi Emma, thank you so much for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you and i'm so glad you had a good day. Very best wishes, Claudia

In-person course
- - #27595

A great venue with lovely food and an excellent introduction to natural dyeing.
An enjoyable and inspirational day which I would highly recommend.

Response from Elka:

Thank you so much for the lovely review Rachel. I'm so glad you enjoyed the day. Very best wishes, Claudia

In-person course
- - #27592

Excellent workshop. Very knowledgeable tutor happy to encourage all and provided great resources so that we can move forward with our dyeing projects. Really enjoyable day with lovely group of ladies. Venue needs a mention also...beautiful venue and very well looked after on the day with hot lunch included. Combination of place, workshop and tutor means day is highly recommended.

Response from Elka:

Hi Claire, thank you for the wonderful review! It was great to meet you and i'm so glad you enjoyed the day. Very best wishes, Claudia

In-person course
- - #26558

What a wonderful well prepared put together course. I could see how much thought and prep had gone into giving us as much info and practical to introduce us to the joy of natural dyeing. The day went so quickly, lunch was delicious and I’m totally in love with my samples. Thank you.

Response from Elka:

Thank you for the lovely review Debs, i'm delighted that you enjoyed the workshop and the venue. Very best wishes, Claudia

In-person course
- - #26533

I loved the workshop! Claudia was a brilliant teacher. I learnt so much but also had a lot of fun doing the practical elements. She gave us handouts with all the information we needed to continue experimenting at home. The location was beautiful and inspiring and Margaret’s food was delicious! It was a lovely opportunity to meet like minded people and explore another creative skill. I will definitely be back!

Response from Elka:

Thank you for the lovely review Caroline, i'm delighted that you enjoyed the workshop and the venue. Very best wishes, Claudia

In-person course
- - #26510

This was a very instructive course and Claudia made us all welcome and had everything very well organised. The handouts were excellent with lots of information and well presented content. We covered a lot of ground giving us plenty of hands on experience and good opportunities to ask questions and all of our sample sheets to go home with. I feel confident enough to continue experimenting at home. The venue and atmosphere was lovely with delicious food provided by Margaret and so nice to meet and get to know others. Thank you and will definitely look in to attending another workshop.

Response from Elka:

Thank you for the lovely review Jane, i'm delighted that you enjoyed the workshop and the venue. Very best wishes, Claudia

In-person course
- - #26492

I thoroughly enjoyed today’s comprehensive workshop in natural dyeing with Claudia. I found it an inspirational day learning lots. I look forward to experimenting at home with culinary, locally foraged and exotic plants used in the art of dyeing natural materials. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and for a wonderful day Claudia! ... and thank you Margaret too for your delicious and wholesome cooking and hospitality offered at break times during the workshop today.

Response from Elka:

Thank you for the lovely review Amma, i'm delighted that you enjoyed the workshop and the venue. Very best wishes, Claudia

In-person course
- - #24987

I had a wonderful, relaxing day. Claudia is an excellent teacher, and so organised with all the material's, equipment and information sheets. It was fascinating to learn the basics of using natural dyes, and lovely to come away with our sample sheets, and even a shibori dyed handkerchief! Also great to meet the other 'students', and hear what their creative interests were.
Lovely to see Ellie again - earlier in the year I attended one of her classes for Beginners Tapestry, which was also excellent!
And finally, thank you so much to Margaret for making such a delicious soup, taking my food intolerances into consideration. Lovely refreshments too.
I think your jewellery is gorgeous and will be visiting again at some stage to treat myself to one of your pieces.

Response from Elka:

Hi Mary, thank you so much for the lovely reviews on all fronts! It was a pleasure to meet you/ see you again and we're so glad you enjoyed the workshop. Very best wishes, Claudia & Ellie.

In-person course
- - #24954

What a fabulous day learning natural dyeing with Claudia. I echo all the positive points made by others, and would say that Claudia is an excellent teacher. Everything was prepared meticulously and the day’s lessons were prepared to maximise our learning in the time available. Fabulous resources to take home and enable some alchemy to get going at home straight away! Loved it and a big thank you!

Response from Elka:

Thank you for the great review Emma. We're so happy you enjoyed the workshop and feel you can now get going at home! Very best wishes, Claudia

In-person course
- - #24495

Really fun and relaxing day in a really peaceful and gorgeous setting. It was really easy to ask questions and open a dialogue about natural dyeing and the range of shades it can create. Nice small group so there's enough space in the workshop and time with the teacher for everyone. We all got to leave the course with a sample sheet full of different fibres, dyed with different plants in an array of colours. We also got given information sheets that we can refer back to in future for own practice.

Response from Elka:

Hi Lucy, thank you so much for coming along, and for the lovely review. Best of luck with your next term at uni, can’t wait to see what you create!

In-person course
- - #24199

What a great day and fab venue. Ellie and Claudia made us feel very relaxed and welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. The day was informative and fun. Learning about the amazing colours nature has given us was completely amazing. The day was well balanced with information and hands on experience of natural dyes. I'll definitely be signing up for the weaving course and would highly recommend the natural dyes course as an informative and inspirational day.

Response from Elka:

Hi Fi, thank you so much for the lovely review. Its was great to have you on the workshop and we're so glad you enjoyed the day. Really look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future!

In-person course
- - #24064

Having done an Elka course (Beginners Weaving) earlier this year with Ellie, I was excited at trying out another workshop offering with Natural Dyeing taught by Ellie's mum Claudia. Having read a bit about dyeing processes before and found it a bit confusing, this workshop was wonderful and perfect for beginners. Claudia is a knowledgeable and friendly teacher, happy to answer any questions, and gives clear instruction. Having a small class size meant a relaxed and friendly atmosphere which allowed time for extra help when required. The location was also lovely at Turner & Thom, with a nice outdoor picnic spot for lunch amongst the trees, and teas and coffees throughout the day. I feel I have enough knowledge now to have a go at home with more confidence than before. Definitely recommended - a lovely way to spend a day!

Response from Elka:

Hi Freya, It was such a pleasure to have you on another workshop and thank you so much for the lovely review! X

In-person course
- - #24047

Had the most wonderful day on this course. A beautiful calming location.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the process of natural dyeing. I felt fully supported, informed and confident that I can start natural dyeing at home.
Thank you!!

Response from Elka:

Hi Sarah, thank you so much for coming along and for the lovely review! We're so glad you enjoyed the workshop :)

In-person course
- - #24044

Fantastic day in a stunning location! Relaxed and friendly tuition and lots of hands on practice. I learnt everything I needed to begin my own natural dye journey!

Response from Elka:

Hi Jo, thank you so much for coming. We're so glad you enjoyed the day :)

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