Elka reviews

23 Nov 19'

Amma Stevens reviewed: Introduction to Natural Dyeing, Mere, Wiltshire

"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."

Elka responded:

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

18 Nov 19'

Sandie Owens reviewed: 6 Hour 'Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving' at Seeded in Southsea

"A brilliant and informative course. With great instruction sheets to keep and well explained techniques. Ellie made everyone very welcome and her method of teaching was relaxed and easy to follow. A big thank you for a very pleasant day."

Elka responded:

"Hi Sandie, thank you so much for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you and i'm really glad you enjoyed the workshop. Very best wishes, Ellie"

17 Nov 19'

Susan Ainsley reviewed: 6 Hour 'Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving' at Seeded in Southsea

"Spent a lovely day with Ellie and 3 others learning the weaving basics on a handloom. Ellie was really great at explaining the techniques and helping when things went a bit wrong! It was a very pleasant, relaxing day learning something new. Thanks Ellie."

Elka responded:

"Thank you so much for coming on the workshop, and for the review. It was lovely to meet you and your weaving was fantastic! Very best wishes, Ellie"

16 Nov 19'

Jackie Hamer reviewed: 6 Hour 'Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving' at Seeded in Southsea

"Thank you Ellie for such a great day learning hand loom weaving. I loved your fantastic selection of vegetable dyed and sustainable fibres to experiment with. I am thrilled with the little piece I have produced and plan to continue with this new skill at home. Many thanks again"

Elka responded:

"Thank you for the lovely review Jackie! Great to meet you, I'm so glad you enjoyed the day and want to continue weaving at home. Very best wishes, Ellie."

15 Nov 19'

Karen Linton reviewed: Introduction to table loom weaving, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury - Two day workshop

"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"

Elka responded:

"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"

14 Nov 19'

Kevin Flynn reviewed: Introduction to table loom weaving, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury - Two day workshop

"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."

Elka responded:

"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"

14 Nov 19'

zoe mcdonald reviewed: Private weaving tuition in Hampshire

"My 11 year old son had a private weaving workshop with Ellie and loved it. He was so inspired and happy afterwards, and I was amazed at the pieces he managed to create under Ellie’s expert tuition. He loved the conversations they had too and all her yarns and looms. The first thing he said when he got back in the car was: ‘when can I come back?’"

Elka responded:

"Thank you so much for the lovely review Zoe. Fred is an inspiration and welcome back in my studio anytime!"

14 Nov 19'

Fiona reviewed: Introduction to table loom weaving, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury - Two day workshop

"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!"

Elka responded:

"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"

30 Oct 19'

Sarah Lee reviewed: Private weaving tuition in Hampshire

"My 14 year old daughter and her friend did the course with Ellie and came back absolutely brimming with ideas and inspiration. They produced two beautiful pieces of weaving from a wide choice of yarns, and said that the time had flown by. They both felt that Ellie was very inspiring, encouraging and supportive throughout the day - a really successful and rewarding experience."

Elka responded:

"Hi Sarah, thank you so much for the review. It was a great fun having the girls in my studio for the day and i'm so happy they enjoyed the weaving! Best wishes, Ellie"

28 Oct 19'

Ravina Shah reviewed: Woven Plant Pots

"What an amazing day! The workshop was set up beautifully in a lovely spot. Ellie taught us a variety of techniques and was very patient with us. We had a large selection of material to work with, I loved the recycled yarns! I was very pleased with my two pieces of work I created, so much that I have a new hobby! A perfect day spent, I can't express how wonderful Ellie was! Highly recommend this course."

Elka responded:

"Hey Ravina, thank you for the lovely review! It was great to meet you and I’m so glad you enjoyed the day :)"

27 Oct 19'

Moira reviewed: Woven Plant Pots

"A wonderful day in a beautiful environment. The six hours flew by. Ellie gave us clear, relaxed unhurried instruction and support throughout. I left happily clutching my two pieces of work. It gave me the techniques and confidence to continue to try weaving at home. I would highly recommend this course. A perfect way to spend a day. Thanks Ellie."

Elka responded:

"Hi Moira, thank you so much for the review. It was a pleasure to meet you and I feel totally inspired by you travels!! Ellie."

30 Sep 19'

Mary Chatburn reviewed: Introduction to Natural Dyeing, Mere, Wiltshire

"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."

Elka responded:

"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."

29 Sep 19'

Emma Smith reviewed: Introduction to Natural Dyeing, Mere, Wiltshire

"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!"

Elka responded:

"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"

23 Sep 19'

Glenna Stephens reviewed: Introduction to table loom weaving, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury - Two day workshop

"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!"

Elka responded:

"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"

22 Sep 19'

Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving reviewed: Woven Heart Baskets

"What a fabulous course, would love a follow up! Very good instruction, we were allowed to proceed at our own pace and be as madly creative as we wanted. My older fingers found one or two things a bit hard going but got there in the end!! It is a very therapeutic and relaxing way to spend three hours. What was also lovely was that everyone got to take home a finished piece. Would highly recommend Ellie as a tutor. Thank you for a brilliant time."

Elka responded:

"Thank you so much for the lovely review! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and i'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop. Your weaving was just wonderful! Very best wishes, Ellie X"

22 Sep 19'

Holly reviewed: Woven Heart Baskets

"Had a wonderful morning! Ellie is a great teacher, really laid back and generous, full of useful tips and really good at encouraging creativity. The ladies at seeded were lovely too, my coffee cup was never empty! Thank you for a lovely workshop, will definitely recommend :) x"

Elka responded:

"Hey Holly, thank you so much for coming along, and for the lovely review :) I'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop, your weaving was fantastic! X"

21 Sep 19'

Angela reviewed: Introduction to table loom weaving, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury - Two day workshop

"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."

Elka responded:

"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 :)"

19 Sep 19'

Becki Clark reviewed: Introduction to table loom weaving, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury - Two day workshop

"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!"

Elka responded:

"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!"

12 Sep 19'

Paula Bedford reviewed: 6 hour introduction to frame loom weaving at Whitchurch Silk Mill

"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."

Elka responded:

"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"

12 Sep 19'

Jackie Epps reviewed: 6 hour introduction to frame loom weaving at Whitchurch Silk Mill

"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."

Elka responded:

"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"

11 Sep 19'

Jo White reviewed: 6 hour introduction to frame loom weaving at Whitchurch Silk Mill

"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."

Elka responded:

"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"

9 Sep 19'

Lucy Allen reviewed: Introduction to Natural Dyeing, Mere, Wiltshire

"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."

Elka responded:

"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!"

24 Aug 19'

Fi Horseman reviewed: Introduction to Natural Dyeing, Mere, Wiltshire

"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."

Elka responded:

"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!"

18 Aug 19'

Freya reviewed: Introduction to Natural Dyeing, Mere, Wiltshire

"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!"

Elka responded:

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

18 Aug 19'

Sarah reviewed: Introduction to Natural Dyeing, Mere, Wiltshire

"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!!"

Elka responded:

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

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