In May I spent a lovely week with Stacey and Graham at their beautiful home in Nérac. I did the weaving textures course.
The weaving course was a revelation and Stacey a great teacher. Learning to set up the warp was exacting but once I started to actually weave it became so rewarding. I’m amazed at what can be created and I love the idea of potentially being able to make my own textiles. We were royally looked after and fed very well by Graham and I so enjoyed meeting Stacey and Graham’s local friends, visiting beautiful villages and trying out the local cuisine. The accommodation was beautiful and Bailey their golden retriever a total delight. Overall a truly wonderful experience.Mairead Ryan
I first met Stacey the Weaver seven years ago when I attended a weaving weekend at her and Graham’s lovely house in Staffordshire. Her knowledge and passion for weaving is infectious and she awakened in me a spark that, despite not being able to weave again due to work and travel, remained lit. Both now living on the continent, it seemed we were destined to meet again.
In a gorgeous house just outside Nérac, Stacey and Graham have created a weaving workshop, a kitchen producing three yummy meals a day, a home with comfy rooms, with pool and menagerie (and microbrewery!). Myself and another student got to work in the workshop, where Stacey’s almost 360 degree library provided ample inspiration. We quickly got ourselves into an easy flow of work, and when the weather became hotter as the week progressed, we spent some afternoons exploring the countryside – don’t forgot this is Musketeer and Armagnac country! I brought my non-weaving partner along for the week and any concerns I had about whether he might get bored were completely unfounded – whilst I was weaving he proved a willing apprentice in beer making and otherwise relaxed in the beautiful garden.
We left restored and with my weaving spark rekindled. Thank you both for a fantastic week.
My trip to The Loom Room in France was enjoyable and fulfilling. The idea of developing my weavings skills and relaxing in the South of France seemed perfect, and I gained more than I expected. Some people go to Thailand for a yoga retreat and the best of us go to South of France to weave. Stacey and her husband Graham were very welcoming and accomodating.
I explained to Stacey where I was with my work and how I wanted to move forward with it. Stacey took this on board and taught me skills that weren’t just useful, but also inspiring. She is a great teacher, who really helps you to help yourself. I came home full of new ideas, many of which solved creative/technical issues I’d been having.
Not only did I enjoy learning but also seeing the local history and beautiful countryside. The itinerary was well curated so there was a balance to the week.
I had the pleasure of staying at La Tuilerie. A lovely comfortable home. Stacey and Graham made me feel so welcome, and nothing was too much trouble. The weaving course was tailored to my needs and I was able to try new things on a different loom. Stacey provided me with some comprehensive notes to support my learning. She was so patient and helped me overcome my mistakes and even completed my unfinished piece when we ran out of time. I would thoroughly recommend a stay here either as a tourist or student.Ann Lorraine Pennington
The hospitality of Stacey and Graham is beyond words. The weaving lessons have been very well planned to my needs and worked through with me so that I totally understand. I am going back home with much more knowledge and skills than I came with.
I am writing this reference to share my wonderful experience during a four day weaving class with Stacey Harvey-Brown. This October (2017) I attended her workshop in Nérac and spent 5 nights in Stacey’s beautiful French country home.
Stacey is an excellent teacher. She is one of the few instructors I have had, in any discipline, that ensures that students really understand the material. She explains concepts in different ways based on each student. The way she explained concepts to me was different than to the other woman in class. She could grasp when I understood. This is a hands on class, and by that I mean MY hands! After learning a concept or technique, I would then explain the process to Stacey.
I cannot recommend Stacey’s classes enough!
Stacey and her husband, Graham, could not have been better hosts. My husband accompanied me, and Graham was a terrific host to him while I was thoroughly engrossed in weaving. Our accommodations were spacious and comfortable. Graham is a great cook and we enjoyed wonderful homemade meals prepared with fresh local ingredients.
If you have a non-weaving partner, be assured there is so much to see and do in the area.
I look forward to many more classes with Stacey!Cindy Sadler
I had a fantastic 4 days with you and learnt so much. I can still see those funky chickens!! The best birthday gift I could give myself! You are such an inspirational teacher – it all comes from the heart. I just learnt so much, even things I was sure I would never get my head around like reading a design on a piece of fabric and understanding how to make the draft for it! Your patience, encouragement and confidence in my ability to achieve what I wanted to do on the 4 shaft has just got me so fired up it’s hard to keep a lid on the ideas in my head I now want to weave. Maybe it’s a good job time is the lacking factor at the moment!!
Not only did I have such fun weaving and challenging my brain but the luxury of staying in your wonderful old house with great company -what more could a girl want! I have already recommended you to friends but I will definitely be back for more!
Thanks so much for the information. Most of all, thanks so much for the wonderful experience of meeting you and being opened up to all the amazing possibilities of fiber arts. I am truly inspired by the pieces you have created and can’t wait to get moving on my loom once again. I don’t know if my mind will ever wrap itself around all the technical aspects of weaving you showed me, but it was sure nice to have a peek into all those little rooms. I hope to devote more time to “playing” and seeing where that takes me. I am thankful for your family’s hospitality and felt warm and cozy in your home. You have created a wonderful atmosphere for learning.Jeanne Plant
I found it hard to believe how much I learnt from you in just four days! I think the most important thing I gained from the course was confidence to try things out and to not be afraid of trying things that people would previously have said were beyond me. I really enjoyed it and most importantly I got out of it exactly what I wanted. The course was for me a great success and I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent hiding away from the world in your workshop. I would like to try and arrange something for the new year if you can bear to have me back !Sarah Butikofer
I spent a weekend with Stacey learning the ins and outs of warping up using a sectional warp beam on her 24 shaft AVL loom. Stacey not only provided hands-on help continuously but had also gone to the bother of writing all the instructions up and binding them into a short manual to take away. In the weekend, I managed to wind on a 5 m silk warp at 60 ends per inch and 12 inches wide using this method and also to weave a sample length in silk to take away. Stacey was very encouraging and I have taken the plunge and gone onto sectional warping on my own look – using Stacey’s helpful manual to guide me.Pat Foster
When someone is learning something new and particularly as a “mature” person, it can often take a bit longer to pick things up. Your patience helped a lot and the hospitality was lovely in pleasant surroundings.Alison Horspool
Stacey made me very welcome, and within five minutes, tea and biscuits in hand, I was looking at samples, talking about what sort of things I liked and what I didn’t. Stacey soon realised that my problem was I didn’t really know where to start, so much to my surprise I spent the whole weekend working on colours. Stacey gave me lots of picture books to look at and after a while I found a picture that said ‘wow’ to me, so we worked from that. She got me really looking at the colours in my picture, matching them with yarn, and then using water colours pencils to recreate the yarn colours – a whole new world to me. The result was a colour card with the colours, all in the right proportions, from a section of my picture. Then it was onto winding samples using the colour card which I then used to suggest a warp design.
One result of my weekend’s work was the design for a warp, complete with all the counts and sett details etc I would need. But the real reward was a weekend in very friendly company, looking at colour and design from a completely new perspective.Sally Kavanagh
I was looking for a refresher course to rediscover my lost weaving ability and that provided by The Loom Room was exactly what I required. The tuition was expertly tailored to my exact needs; I was able to work at my own pace with help always available when required. Not only that, but Stacey’s enthusiasm for her subject inspired me to an even greater determination to develop my skills when I returned home. This was a residential course and the accommodation provided was homely and very comfortable. Altogether a memorable weekend.Ron Stainton
Stacey, I spent a wonderful weekend in Uttoxeter learning to weave. I have now moved to Wales, joined the Guild, and just bought 2 looms! I thought I would let you know what an impact you had, and how much I love weaving. Thank you.Sue Ballantine
I learnt weaving in my native Sweden a long time ago, and although I have a loom in my London home, it has sadly been idle for some 25 years. Retirement has given me the chance to take up this interest again, but I needed some help to get going. My week with you was everything I had hoped it would be, and more. Thanks to your encouragement and calm guidance I have managed to brush up on the basics of weaving and now have the confidence to develop this further, and the possibilities seem endless. I was very comfortable staying in your house, and I very much enjoyed the hospitality and wise company. Thank you so much.Sonja Aldengard
I thoroughly enjoyed my workshop with you, it was a dream come true! The way you have the workshop setup is brilliant, learning how to “read” how each one of the ‘babies’ is set up, doing the sett samples, designing my one design, fixing and correcting the mise-en-carte, punching all those cards and then finally weaving my sample gave me a huge understanding of Jacquard weaving as it was done in the olden age and also makes me appreciate those wonderful pieces of weaving one sees in museums a lot more. Your workshop gave me a good grounding and whatever loom I might acquire in the future, it will be of great benefit to me.Agnes Hauptli
My experience at the Loom Room was more than I ever could have expected. The amount of weave knowledge as well as the understanding I gained was brilliant. Stacey really made an effort to tailor the weaving to my specific needs. So with the great support and the friendliness of my host and her family, I would recommend a week at The Loom Room to anyone.Fiona Thomson
I’d just like to say a massive big Thank You to Stacey. I’ve really enjoyed the weekend course and I’m very inspired and can’t wait to get my own loom, as I now know how to put the warp on. Excellent teaching and great tips. I’m really excited and love the sample piece I’ve made. My eyes are opened to the many wonderful things I’ll be able to achieve! Thanks again… I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to learn about weaving or expand what they already know!Ellen Coote
Your course was absolutely wonderful. I came home mentally enriched and physically relaxed and very well nourished. Living in your home was delightful and being surrounded by the looms and yarns on a rainy post-Christmas weekend was gorgeous. So thanks very much for the inspiring weekend. Your enthusiasm and personality make it a very special experience.Mary Johnston
I just want to say thank so very much for fabulous weekend. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and found the whole subject fascinating. I am now looking at for a loom. I am now looking at images in a completely different light, thinking how could I weave those shapes, colours etc? Cannot wait to have a go again, and no doubt I will be seeing you again for further instructions.Sue Scott