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Introduction to natural dyeing at Turner & Thom near Stockbridge

A colour wheel of naturally dyed yarn

Duration: 6 hours (10am-4pm)

Price: £130

Book with: Ellie Fisher
at Elka

The Old Stables
Sandy Down
SO20 6BY

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About the Course

6 hour 'Introduction to Natural Dyeing' workshop, 10am-4pm, in the magical setting of the woodland studio at Turner & Thom near Stockbridge.

What's included?

The workshop price includes 5 hours of guided tuition (plus one hour for lunch), 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.

All drinks, snacks, and a delicious home cooked lunch are included in the price. Please be sure to let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

What to expect

On arrival you will be offered hot and cold drinks and a morning snack before heading over to the woodland studio to start the workshop.

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.

About your tutor

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

Building on a life long interest in fabric 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.

Parking & Arrival

Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure you have time to enjoy a cuppa before the workshop begins.

There is parking directly outside Turner & Thom. Phone signal is not good in this area so please ensure you have printed out directions just in case!

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

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The workshop price includes 5 hours of guided tuition (plus one hour for lunch), 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.

All drinks, snacks, and a delicious home cooked lunch are included in the price. Please be sure to let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Want to review this course?

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.

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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.

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!

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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

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.

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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!

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.

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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!

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!

- - #24064

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

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!!

- - #24047

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 :)

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!

- - #24044

Response from Elka:

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

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 23rd November 2019
Saturday 25th January 2020
Saturday 21st March 2020
  • Other locations possible - tutor willing to travel
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends

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