6 Hour Introduction to Natural Dyeing, ELKA Studio

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6 Hour Introduction to Natural Dyeing, ELKA Studio


6 hour 'Introduction to Natural Dyeing' workshop, 10am-4pm, ELKA studio, Slackstead, Hampshire.


The workshop price includes 6 hours of guided tuition, 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.

Self service teas, coffee and biscuits will be available all day. Please bring a pack lunch with you.


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. 


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

Building on a life long interest in textiles, she teamed up with Elka, 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.


Elka studio, Granary Loft 3, Upper Slackstead Farm, Slackstead, SO51 0QL 

There is plenty of parking for the studio, but bear in mind that we need to fit up to eight vehicles at a time in the carpark, so please be conscious of this when parking.


From Romsey, take the Braishfield Road, and on entering Braishfield, turn right before the primary school into Common Hill Road, and into Dores Lane. Turn left where signposted for Upper Slackstead, and take the second turning on your right into Upper Slackstead Farm. Drive down the track and the studio is the building directly in front of you.

From Winchester, take the A3090 towards Romsey, turn right where signposted to Upper Slackstead, and proceed as above.

Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure you have time to grab a cuppa and settle in before the workshop begins.

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



Workshop cancellations by you

Our workshops are priced as fairly as possible. We therefore have to have a clear cancellation policy to ensure that we cover our costs and the on going viability of the workshop.
Please check your diary carefully to ensure that you are available to attend any workshops you are booking with us. 

All our workshops are strictly non-refundable in all circumstances.

If you give more than 14 days notice to cancel a place on a workshop your options are as follows:

  • We will be happy to transfer you to another workshop, space permitting.
  • If there are no suitable future dates for you to transfer to we can provide a voucher to be used for a future workshop booking, this will be valid for one year from the date of issue.
  • You can of course send someone in your place at any time, but please note that this is your responsibility to find a replacement person and you must let us know in advance who will be attending.

If you give less than 14 days notice to cancel a place on a workshop then your options are as follows:

  • If you have COVID19 or are displaying symptoms of COVID19, you will be given a voucher to be used for a future workshop which will be valid for one year from the date of issue.
  • If you would like to transfer, we can only transfer you to a future workshop if your place is re-sold.
  • If you would like to transfer and the place is not re-sold, we can add you to a last minute availability waiting list for future dates of the workshop. If there are still unsold places on the workshop with 24-48 hours until the workshop is due to take place, we will offer you a place at no additional charge. Please note this option is not a guarantee of a space.

We will do our best to fill the place within this time. Please be aware that in our experience it can be difficult to fill places on workshops at short notice.

Multiple class sessions

Some of our workshops take place over several sessions. If you miss a session unfortunately we cannot offer a make up session. If you require further tuition to complete your project you may be able to book 1:1 lessons depending on the project and tuition required.

Workshop cancellations by us

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a workshop you will be given at least 24 hours notice and offered a transfer to another date, voucher to be used at another time or in our store, or a full refund. We will not be held liable for any other costs or expenses that you may incur in the event of cancellation by us.


  • Delivered In-Person

  • Beginner level


Unit 3 Granary Loft, Upper Slackstead Farm, SO510QL, Romsey, United Kingdom

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