Weavers’ Group Package (April/May and Sept/Oct)
Weaving together is a lot of fun. And even better is taking a few days away from home and relaxing in the beautiful countryside and warm weather of south-west France.
Here in the heart of Gascony, with its fab food and delicious wines, you can come to sample the delights of the area and learn new techniques in the company of your weaving friends.
With a minimum of 5 weavers and a maximum of 9 (extra accommodation in a nearby gite), you can take a 3-day weaving course with Stacey Harvey-Brown at her home studio near the historic town of Nérac, mid-way between Bordeaux and Toulouse. You will be wined and dined by Stacey and her husband, Graham, and have 3 full days of weaving, followed by a day for you to explore the area, with the option of adding a couple of extra days to unwind in Nérac, subject to accommodation availability.
For 5 – 9 people, the cost per person is:
- non-sharing – €490 each (roughly £430 subject to currency rates)
- sharing a room – €475 each (roughly £415 subject to currency rates)
The cost covers a core of 5 nights – a 4 night/3 day workshop full-board (Sun – Wed), and 1 additional night B&B (Thurs). There is an optional extension of 2 nights, accommodation only, subject to availability (see table below).
|Saturday (Optional) arrive||Accommodation Only||€40 extra|
|Sunday Arrive||Evening Meal, Accommodation||Included|
|Monday – Workshop||Full Board||Included|
|Tuesday – Workshop||Full Board||Included|
|Wednesday – Workshop||Full Board||Included|
|Thursday – Free Day **||B&B||Included|
|Friday – Depart||Breakfast||Included|
|Saturday – (Optional) depart||Friday night accommodation only||€40 extra|
* * This is a chance for you to go out and about around the area. Please note, you will need your own transport. We will be very happy to provide lots of information about different places you can visit.
Equipment supplied: I have 1 x 4S table loom, 3 x 8S table looms and 1 x 16S table loom available for use. Additional looms will need to be supplied by participants.
With direct flights from many regional airports in the UK to Bordeaux or Toulouse, it couldn’t be easier. Car-hire is available direct from the airports, or Agen, which is our nearest rail station if you choose to arrive by train.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss dates, topics and further information.
International Weaving Tutors
Occasionally we are able to host international weaving tutors for workshops. Please visit the site regularly to get up-to-date information about visiting tutors.
TESTIMONIAL FROM 5 WEAVERS FROM UK – “THREE TECHNIQUES FOR TEXTURE” GROUP WORKSHOP, MAY 2019
“Our 4-day workshop at the ‘Loom Room’ was a wonderful opportunity to explore new textural weave ideas with Stacey, a textile artist renowned for her original work inspired by geology and nature. Set in the beautiful Gascony countryside, Stacey’s welcoming home and garden – together with husband Graham, friendly bilingual dog (Bailey), two cats (Merlin and Coriander), three cockerels and five hens (all named) – encouraged us to relax and enjoy the whole experience.
The loom room itself adjoins the house and is an inspiring place to work, surrounded by yarn, a comprehensive weaving library and a vast selection of samples to handle and examine. Five of us shared this space, working each day on a different loom to explore 3 different weave structures – woven shibori, stitched double cloth and overshot – all chosen to exploit the structural potential of using yarns with different properties. We each received a well-structured workshop booklet, which complemented the comprehensive pre-workshop information we had received. Following tailored presentations each morning from Stacey, we were able to work at our own pace, with Stacey always on hand for guidance and to answer queries. Clear instructions were given, but we were also encouraged to experiment and develop our own ideas. It was particularly helpful to cut off and wet finish our samples each day to reveal the textural effect of the weave structures, and in so doing we learnt a lot from each other, which informed our next day’s work.
After 2 days intensive weaving, we were treated to a half-day break, visiting a local market, glass artisan, and coffee in a nearby bastide town. Refreshed, we returned to the looms for 2 further half days weaving. We were most grateful to Graham for keeping us fed and watered, in particular his well-timed ‘apero’ call at the end of each day with wine and nibbles in the back garden, followed by a delicious supper and a chance to unwind and share stories.
As a group, we would highly recommend the Textural Weaving Workshop. Plenty of new ideas to challenge and stimulate and to encourage us to look at familiar weave structures anew. Four of us stayed in Stacey and Graham’s very comfortable rooms; the fifth stayed with her husband in a neighbour’s gite, whilst still sharing the evening meal. The Gascony region is full of lovely places to visit, and renowned food and wine – a wonderful place to combine a holiday with a stimulating learning experience in a welcoming, relaxed environment.”
Ali, Jane, Jill, Janice, Lucy