"This day brought so much joy to the otherwise a little tired me. Learning how to weave with other women sharing bits of their stories and who they are is so heart warming. Ellie is such a wonderful teacher! She made me feel completely at ease with how I was doing, very encouraging and very much willing to help as I went along. She was able to be there for each one of us, total of 6 women, everytime we asked for some guidance. It is rightful to say it felt a bit daunting at the beginning but by the end of it I felt confident with weaving as a craft, that I could do it. Also, The Fisherton Mill Gallery & Cafe in itself is so inspiring, not to forget the delicious lunch we were served. All in all a day well spent. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone and everyone.
Thank you so much Ellie xx"
"6 Hour Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
What an amazing creative day. As a complete beginner, I really enjoyed the day I spent with Ellie learning how to set up the loom, learning to weave using different techniques. The course material was helpful. The yarns we had available to weave with were beautiful, varied and I enjoyed practising with the different varieties of yarns e.g., sustainable yarns. Ellie is very kind and patient; she answered all questions and gave individual attention when needed. I really enjoyed the day, I would 100% recommend Ellie’s courses and attend another one soon."
"A lovely day and well organised. I learnt so much about the process of dyeing with hands on experience and information handouts to take home. Claudia is a wonderful teacher with vast knowledge and I would recommend the course to anyone wishing to start natural dyeing."
"A lovely day in a beautiful environment which was informative and fun , taking away any uncertainty I had about natural dying.
Claudia is a natural teacher with vast knowledge and I would totally recommend "
"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was very well organised with lots of hands on experience. I learnt so much and took home lots of samples for reference. We also had handouts with all the information in them which is great for looking back on as I know I would forget some of it. Claudia is a wonderful teacher with a vast knowledge of natural dyeing and really helps you to understand the process. I recommend this course for anyone, you will love it."
"This was an incredibly inspiring course and extremely well run by Claudia. Everything was available to try and we even came home with samples of our work, which I had not expected!
I would definitely recommend this course for anyone interested in natural dyeing methods and very accessible for complete novices. We also came away with handouts to refer to later. Wonderful, thank you so much!"
"I loved the day I spent with Ellie learning how to set up the loom and to weave. I've never tried this before and was a complete beginner. Ellie is a brilliant teacher. She really takes the time to explain and appreciates that people learn at different speeds! She is very kind and patient :) I came home with a beautiful (even if I say so myself ;) )wall hanging...as did the other ladies on the day long course. The yarns we had available to weave with were beautiful and varied. The course notes given out were very understandable. It really was a great day and I would 100% recommend and attend another. "
"I'd had a tricky week so not at all in the right frame of mind when I arrived but the day was a joy and helped me step out of that energy. Great guidance from Ellie, detailed notes to take away and a great selection of sustainable yarns to work with. Now have a grasp of the basics and how to get going on the loom and have spent time just playing. Ellie is lovely and good at keeping everyone going at their own pace and how they learn. Thank you Ellie!"
" I’m so glad you enjoyed the workshop Fiona, thank you for coming and contributing to a really lovely day. I absolutely love the wall hanging you made, you’re definitely a natural! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review :) "
"What a fabulous creative day. I've just got home from a superb day course an "Introduction to Frame Weaving" at Fisherton Mill Salisbury run by Ellie of Elka sustainable textiles.
Ellie was a fantastic teacher, really thorough with her instructions and explanations. Very patient and happy to answer questions and give individual attention when required. The course materials were amazing, a huge choice of sustainable yarns and fibres to choose from. Her knowledge of the sustainable & renewable materials and methods of production was immense and her enthusiasm and love of this subject shone through and was inspirational.
I had a really enjoyable day, have created an awesome (if I may say so myself!) wall hanging that I'm thrilled with. I would definitely recommend Ellie's courses.
" Thank you so much Sally for the lovely review, it was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with you all. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the workshop, your wall hanging is brilliant, you're a natural!"
"Fabulous two day table loom workshop, from warping to cloth.
A well structured two days with clear instructions, and an opportunity for each participant to go at our own pace. Ellie is very patient and has a way of keeping things simple and easy to understand, which meant the task of warping the 4 shaft loom was a calm and enjoyable experience and one that I feel confident that I could repeat independently.
The class size of 3 meant we all got so much support and guidance. Once the loom was dressed, the second day was spent exploring weaving patterns. All materials were included in the course fee and we were spoilt for choice. I was delighted that beautiful naturally dyed threads were available to use as well as organic cotton and linens. I am so pleased I invested in this two days, definitely great value and a good kick start for anyone wanting to get into weaving. Thank you Ellie! "
" Thank you so much Ginny for such a lovely and detailed review, and for coming. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the workshop and feel that you’ll be able to get going with weaving at home. I’m looking forward to following your weaving journey and I’m here for any questions that may arise moving forwards. "
"What a wonderful day. I really enjoyed all aspects of the day and now feel I understand the processes involved. Claudia explained everything clearly and in detail. Being able to get fully involved in a practical way and follow the whole process through was amazing. I am now looking round my garden & wondering what is out there to have a go with.....I have plenty of fluff to play with!
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in this fascinating subject."
" Thank you for coming Carol, and for the lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the day. Very best wishes, Claudia."
"I really enjoyed this workshop. The day went far too quickly.
It was such a relaxed and fun atmosphere right from the start with a mix of practical, chat, handouts as reminders once home and loads of inspiration.
Claudia was an excellent teacher and I have come home determined to give it a go as she has given me the confidence to do so.
Thank you so much😊"
" I'm so glad you enjoyed the day Kim! Thank you coming, and for the lovely review 😊"
"Thank you Claudia for an amazing, informative day. You explained everything so clearly to us and it was so exciting to see what emerged from our saucepans and then to dip an assortment of different items into our dyes - wow! It was great to bring home a sample of each of our colours as well as clear information to guide us when we venture into natural dyeing. I enjoyed meeting the other ‘dyers’ too and hearing about why they had chosen to attend this course. I highly recommend this course!!! "
" Thank you for coming Ursula, and for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the day and hope that you continue to enjoy your natural dyeing journey!"
"Inspiring, friendly instructor with lots of ideas to try. You might want a longer time as three hours flies by! I would recommend this course to beginners, and Lemon and Jinja was a good venue. We had a very enjoyable evening. "
"Thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hour introductory weaving class. Great instruction and help whenever I got stuck! Wonderful choice of colours and different types of yarns to use. I was able to complete my piece to take home and am very happy with it. Many thanks!"
" Thank you so much for the lovely review Jennifer. Thank you for coming, it was a pleasure to meet you and your weaving was fantastic! Best wishes, Ellie :)"
"I really enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone. It was so exciting seeing how the things we had dyed turned out, it felt like unwrapping Christmas presents. We dyed different materials to show how differently they took the dyes, then dipped them in modifying solutions to see how other colours could be produced like that. A marvellous beginner's course."
" Thank you for coming Charlotte, and for the lovely review! It was a pleasure to meet you and i'm delighted that you enjoyed the day. Best wishes, Claudia"
"The course is brilliant straightforward and easy to navigate. It takes you through the basics of weaving and explains everything simply and clearly. The pace is good and Ellie articulates clearly. I also bought the kit to go with the course. It arrived quickly was beautifully wrapped and packaged. It was a total joy. Cannot wait to start making. "
" Thank you so much for the lovely review Carol. I’m delighted that you’re enjoying the course and thoroughly looking forward to seeing your weaving! "
"Really enjoying this course really good quality yarns. The videos are easy to follow and the written notes back up the video tutorials. I like that I have a course for life with all the materials available to look back on. Ellie is an excellent teacher and any questions you have she answers really quickly and she also sorted out an issue I had with one of the shuttles in a prompt and efficient way. I might have to sign up for the natural dyeing course next so I have lots of hand dyed yarns to weave with. "
" Thank you Janette for the lovely review. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the course! "
"Oh my goodness I loved this course. Although I have some experience working with natural pigments this course was awesome. So much information and technique packed into the content but at a pace that was so manageable. Natural Dyeing is a total art form and the tutor explained everything clearly and in a way that left me confident to experiment with different colour sources, fabrics and methods. I highly recommend, taking this journey into natural dyeing. "
" Thank you so much Lucy for the wonderful review! I'm really hoping I can make it to one of your amazing courses this year Xx"
"I have thoroughly enjoyed this weaving course. It was well laid out and explained. I loved how I could switch between video learning and written intructions for when you need a second way to explain a technique. Ellie is super clear and present each element at a pace that suited my brain. I was a total beginner at the start of this course and I have been left feeling capable of working on my own projects independently. Highly recommended, I loved it. Xx"
" Thank you so much Lucy! I shall thoroughly look forward to following your weaving journey Xx"
"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and it was fascinating to learn the process of natural dyeing. Claudia is a great instructor, knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. The hands-on experience was invaluable and helps students feel confident enough to try dyeing at home. Lovely studio, location and great to meet other like-minded people!"
" Thank you so much for the lovely review Aurora. It was great to meet you and to have you on the workshop. Best wishes, Claudia."
"I spent a wonderful day yesterday in the middle of the Hampshire countryside with a lovely small group of fellow dyers.
Claudia shares her knowledge and experience freely, with ease, fun and enthusiasm.
She obviously loves her subject.
Her tuition is spot on - easy to follow with lots of examples and encouragement to be hands on.
The practical experience was well set out and we each produced a different dye bath - it was fascinating to see the colours develop.
I learnt so much - I came away with exactly what I wanted from the day - enough knowledge to encourage me to carry on at home, but not too much technical information that could put you off 'flying solo'.
Good straightforward information booklet to take home and lots of contacts and suppliers to stock up.
I loved it and would recommend this day to everyone."
" Thank you so much Moyna for taking the time to leave a review, it's so helpful to gain feedback. Thank you also for your contribution to the workshop, it was lovely to meet you. Best wishes, Claudia."