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!
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 :)
This was an amazing course and we learnt so much in a short time. There were loads of threads for us to try and Ellie gave us loads of individual time and ideas. Explanations were clear as were demonstrations. It was a lovely theraputic thing to do and although I didn't finish my piece I didn't mind as I had the confidence that I could finish it off at home. Plenty of tea and coffee, plus the Silk Mill at Whitchurch was a lovely venue to be in. Plus it was lovely to be with such a nice crowd of people. A great day out and worth every penny.
Response from Elka:Hi Paula, thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the day. It was a pleasure to have you on the workshop. Best wishes, Ellie
Ellie Fisher's introduction to frame loom weaving was first class. She covered all the basics of getting the loom ready for weaving, introduced some different techniques and had an amazing array of fibres for us to experiment with. She also demonstrated that it is possible to enjoy simple weaving without a big cash outlay - using a fork as a beater, for example. Most of the class managed to finish a small wall hanging or table mat in the day, which was very satisfying and it was interesting to see how different each piece of work turned out. Ellie's passion for weaving shone through and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Response from Elka:Hi Jackie, thank you so much for the lovely review and thank you for coming on the workshop. It was great to meet you. I'm so glad you had a good day. Best wishes, Ellie
A well organised day, with good quality equipment and an interesting assortment of yarns. Ellie made learning a new skill, interesting and enjoyable. Whitchurch Silk Mill was a beautiful place and it was lovely to see the silk looms still weaving beautiful fabrics.
Response from Elka:Lovely to meet you Jo and thank you so much for the review. I'm very glad you had a good day. Best wishes, Ellie
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
Response from Elka:Hi Jo, thank you so much for coming. We're so glad you enjoyed the day :)
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
Thank you for a totally absorbing day learning to weave. The materials provided were beautiful and all ethically sourced. I had a great time and would thoroughly recommend the workshop to others.
Response from Elka:Thank you so much for the lovely review Sheila. It was great to meet you and i'm so glad you had a good day! Best wishes, Ellie
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
Really enjoyed the frame weaving course today. Learned lots of techniques and had access to a wide range of yarns including some unusual options like wire. Very pleased with the wall hanging I made & will definitely be making more now that I've got my own loom!
Response from Elka:I'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop Debbie. Great to meet you and many thanks for the review. I hope you really enjoy working on your new loom!
Thank you for a great day, I'm really looking forward to trying out my new loom :)
Response from Elka:Great to meet you Tina and thank you for the review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the day. Happy weaving!
It was good to be introduced to a new skill in a relaxed, friendly and supportive setting. We were given lots of ideas and materials and encouraged to be creative. Having no experience in any craftwork I could have done with a little more teaching on the very basics. But all in all a very enjoyable day and I would recommend the course. Thank you Ellie
Response from Elka:Hi Ros, thank you for the review. It was great to meet you and have you on the workshop. I'm so glad you enjoyed the day overall. I appreciate your feedback, have taken it onboard and will be more aware in future. Very best wishes, Ellie
I really enjoyed the course. Excellent teaching and great selection of materials to try. I was so glad to be able to complete my piece of work at a comfy pace knowing that Ellie was on hand to help and advise. I was unsure what to expect from the day, but I would definitely recommend this course. I’m looking forward to joining another course in the future.
Response from Elka:Great to have you on the workshop Christine. Thank you for the review. I'm so glad you had a good day. Best wishes, Ellie.
A very comprehensive introduction to weaving - Ellie was very approachable and helpful, the course was well organised and she had a wealth of resources for us to plunder. I would like to attend another of her courses in the future.
Response from Elka:Thank you for the review Betty. Great to meet you and i'm so glad you enjoyed the day. Best wishes, Ellie
Very happy that I attended the intermediate weaving course with Ellie yesterday and learnt new skills in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Ellie offered her expertise and a great selection of sustainable yarns in fabulous colours. Would highly recommend.
Response from Elka:Great to see you again Lorien and thank you for the review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop. All the best, Ellie
Really useful step up from the beginners workshop. Ellie endlessly patient and helpful. Small group so all the attention one needs. I really appreciate the range of materials to choose from.
Response from Elka:Hi Kate, thank you for the review. Great to see you again . I'm so glad you found the workshop useful. Best wishes, Ellie