A two day workshop for beginners between 10am - 4pm at the Elka studio in Upper Slackstead, Hampshire.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This is quite an intense workshop and there is a lot to take in over the two days, especially on day one, but everything you learn is supported with a handout of clear notes which is yours to make notes on and take home.
DAY ONE: Planning your warp and setting up your loom.
- The basic principles and terminology of weaving.
- How to plan and make a warp, wind it onto your loom and thread the loom up.
DAY TWO: Patterns and weaving.
- Looking at and documenting patterns.
- Lots of weaving!
Please be aware that people learn at very different paces, something you find very simple, another might really struggle to understand and vice versa.
You will be encouraged to support your fellow group members whilst working at your own pace. It is important that you don't worry about what stage other people are on as this will only hold you back.
I will ensure that by the end of the two days you will take home a series of woven samples.
There are never more than four people per workshop to ensure you receive as much guidance as you need.
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and for those with a little experience that would like a refresher.
You will have the opportunity to buy your loom and other pieces of equipment at the the end of the workshop if you wish to do so, for which you will be given a 10% discount.
Please let us know of any special needs prior to booking so as we can discuss all possible options with you.
WHAT TO BRING
I will provide hot drinks and biscuits all day and have dairy free milk, but please do bring a pack lunch with you and cow's milk if that's your preference.
You will be provided with all the materials you will need for the workshop however if you have any material at home that you would like to experiment with then please feel free to bring them along.
PARKING & ARRIVAL
Elka studio, Unit 3 Granary Loft, Upper Slackstead Farm, Farley Lane, Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO22 6PT
There is plenty of private parking for the studio.
If you type 'Elka' into Google Maps, it will bring you straight to the studio. There are two entrances to Upper Slackstead Farm. Please take the entrance signed 'Elka Visitors', NOT 'Elka Deliveries'. Follow the track down past the cottages on your left, and the studio carpark is directly in front of you.
If you do not have Google Maps on your phone, please ensure you have located the studio prior to leaving, and printed out a map if necessary. There is very limited phone signal or wifi out here!
Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure you have time to grab a cuppa before the workshop begins.
I look forward to meeting you soon but if you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to contact me.
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR
Ellie Fisher is a textile designer with a foundation in textiles from Winchester School of Art and a BA and MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
With over 15 years of weaving experience she is passionate about sharing her love of textiles.
Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.
The course price includes two days of guided tuition, use of the looms and all materials including yarns and a selection of fibres including organic cotton, bamboo, flax and hemp.
You will be given your own clear workshop handouts to take away with you.
Hot drinks and biscuits!
This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
I had a wonderful evening with Ellie and several other people in a lovely setting where we were served green teas and raw mint cake. It was gorgeous.
The class itself was excellent. We all had a great time and produced work that were all so different from each others but all really artistic and lovely to see. I loved the introduction to the art of weaving. Ellie was really attentive to each of us and a great teacher. I am really proud of what I achieved and of course purchased the loom I was using so I could do more on my own. Maybe even do a further course to improve on the skills we learned.
Thank you Ellie X
Response from Elka:Thank you Karen for the lovely review. It was great to meet you and i'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop. Your weaving was fantastic! Ellie X
A wonderful evening which was held in a very harmonious location. The workshop was excellent; clear, enthusiastic advice and guidance led a complete novice through the stages of preparing my loom frame and beginning to weave. The range of fabrics and threads were numerous enough to unlock the creative juices of the most uncrafty of people. The end result; a piece of original weaving the creation of which had totally absorbed me and enthralled me.
I would thoroughly recommend this workshop and indeed would suggest that if weaving is something you would like to do then please contact Ellie; you will not be disappointed.
Response from Elka:Thank you so much Kevin for the lovely review, your weaving was fantastic. I'm so happy that enjoyed the workshop and it was great to finally meet you. Thank you also for the happy humming :) Very best wishes, Ellie
Ellie's weaving workshop was a lovely way to spend an evening. She is a great teacher - informative, encouraging and generous with her time. There were lots of resources available and the handouts will be very useful. I came away feeling that I had learnt enough to be comfortable starting my own projects at home. Thank you Ellie!
Response from Elka:Thank you for the lovely review Fiona. It was great to meet you and i'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop, and that you feel confident to continue at home. Your weaving was wonderful! Very best wishes, Ellie
This was a lovely introduction to loom weaving. The workshop for me was a success and I came away feeling that I had enough knowledge to try more at home. Ellie gave clear instructions and interacted with everyone individually whilst giving encouragement where needed. I would gladly recommend it!
Response from Elka:Hi Glenna, thank you so much for the review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop and that you've continued weaving at home. Best wishes, Ellie
I had a lovely time at the hand loom workshop, Ellie was a very warm, welcoming and supportive teacher - the time flew by and I left having learned about weaving, tassels and knots! and came home with my prize of a woven artwork which I had made all by myself.
The venue was also really great, alongside all my fellow weavers - a really wonderful way to spend an evening. I left, with hand loom to continue learning and practicing... I'll be back Ellie.
Response from Elka:Hi Angela, thank you so much for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you and I'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop. See you again :)
A great way to spend an evening! I went along with my mum and aunty and we all throughly enjoyed it, Ellie was a great teacher and explained techniques really clearly for us as well as always being on hand throughout the session to go over things and show 1-2-1. So happy with the weaving I took away!
Response from Elka:Hi Becki, It was so lovely to have to all on the workshop and i'm so glad you enjoyed it. Your weaving was absolutely fantastic!
Such a great workshop! Ellie is an excellent teacher and the quality of the products were fantastic. I would love to do this course over and over again.
Response from Elka:Thank you so much for the lovely review :) Great to have you at the workshop. Loved your weaving! Xx
A really lovely way to spend an evening. Right from the start the atmosphere was welcoming and relaxing which made learning fun. Ellie's care and attention to detail (such as the baskets with resources and equipment) indicated that the course was well thought through and professional. There was no pressure to finish the weaving which enabled everyone to work at their own pace and to their own level of satisfaction.
I left feeling inspired to learn more.
Response from Elka:Thank you for the lovely review Petina! It was great to have you on the workshop, i'm so glad you enjoyed it. Very best wishes, Ellie