Mid Island Weavers and Spinners (and other fibre enthusiasts) Guild

This is the Mid Island Weavers and Spinners (and other fibre enthusiasts) blog page. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month during the fall/winter/spring (September through to June). Meetings are held in the hall of St. Paul's Chruch downtown Nanaimo (across from the Dorchester Hotel - the entrance is on the other side of the church at 100 Chapel St, across the street from the new condos). 7:00 pm. Guests are welcome to come...bring your knitting, spinning wheel or other fibre addictions. Meetings usually consist of 5 minutes of business, show and tell (bring something), tea and cookies, and some sort of workshop, seminar or talk where you will learn something fibry and interesting.
We now have an email address: MIWSGuild at gmail.com

Friday, January 4, 2019

Change in Venue for Guild Meetings: Big Meeting Room, Harbourfront Library, 6pm-8pm

Notice of Change of Venue for meetings of Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild
February – June 2019 6pm – 8pm
Trial Period
The monthly guild meetings will be held in the Big Meeting room of the Harbourfront Branch of the Library for Feb – June, 6pm – 8pm.

Background pre-amble

Concern that with the current size of our membership and low annual fees most of our money was going to rent for a facility, St Paul’s Anglican Church, that does not offer us any advantages other than space and time (no closing time).

We also need to increase our visibility in the community to attract new members, and to be able to plan workshops.

I contacted the Harbourfront Branch of the library and received a very positive response. Steinunn Benjaminssonn, Customer Services Librarian, Adult Services , asked if she could come to the meeting in January. Yes, of course.

Major Concern – reason for the trial run.
Raised by several folk at the meeting:  If we give up the Church meeting room we may not be able to get it back.

Solution suggested by Liz H-K.    We do a trial run.

We pay the rent for the Church for the first half of the year (we normally pay in two parts) but we meet in the library until the summer.

January 2 2019 meeting
Long very active discussion and debate with the 9 members in attendance with Steinunn Benjaminssonn.

Points: For and Against

St Paul’s has been the venue for many years and prior to the renovation was ideal. However, with loss of the storage things have changed.   The library cannot solve the storage issue.

The location in the Old Town is good.  This is true for the Church and the Harbour Front Library.

The library would not be charging us rent. The Church $600 a year.

We would have the use of the Large Meeting Room upstairs; tea and coffee can be made. Potlucks can be held in the room.  
Meeting times:
Ist  Wednesday of the month for meetings

St Paul’s 7pm – 9 pm although recently the meeting has ended somewhere around 8pm to 8:30pm

Library: to get two hours: 6pm-8pm the library closes at 8pm.

Bookings: The meeting room can be booked for three months at a time. We would not need the room the summer (July and August).

The Large Meeting room has the ability to project from a computer to a screen and has recently acquired an Apple TV projector addition.

There is underground pay parking at the library (75 cents for 2 hours)

Parking is free after 5pm in the Bastion Street Parkade and is a walkable distance from the library via Skinner St.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Qualicum Weavers and Spinnners Workshop Opportunities

Via Kathy McDonald, ANWG rep for MIWSG

Please share the following information with your membership.
Carol Hunter
ANWG rep for the QWSG

 Qualicum Weavers and Spinners Guild 
is offering the following workshops: 
  •  Beginner 4 harness weaving January 11 and January 14 -full days for more info or to register please contact  weaversatelier@shaw.ca  Linda Wilson (correction made to email address)
  • Beginner spinning Jan. 17 and 18 10-12:30 and January 19 10:00-1:00.  Wheels and fibre supplied.  For more info or to register please contact Linda Raven lraven49@shaw.ca
  • ETSY getting started- join us for a PowerPoint presentation -an overview of owning your own Etsy shop.  Jan. 9   744 primrose “The Commons” in the Qualicum weavers and spinners guild room.  Cost $10. To register contact lraven49@shaw.ca

Monday, November 26, 2018

MIWSG Christmas Potluck Wednesday December 5th

MIWSG Christmas Potluck 

Wednesday, Dec 5th

              Starting  at 6pm, in the down stairs meeting room.

              Jeanette has volunteered to do the Silent Auction, so if you have any donations, 
              please bring them with you.

              Jeanette has volunteered to run the game.

There will be a gift exchange for those who wish to participate.

Everyone is requested to bring something to eat for the POTLUCK

Let us know what you are bringing so that others can look down the list and plan!

Please RSVP

to let us know if you are coming or cannot attend!

Thursday, April 5, 2018


Meeting held on: April 4, 2018 at Saint Paul’s Church, Nanaimo

Call to order: 7:05

Guild Executive: Linda Van Os President
________________ Vice-President
Crystal Treasurer
Jeannette Secretary
Liz Web Master

Guild members in attendance: Margo, Liz, Heather, Margaret, Jeannette,Debbie, Joyce, Linda, Elspeth


  1. Who has the written guild policies/procedures?

  1. Membership list needs completing - Linda

TREASURER’S REPORT: not available


  1. Card sent to Anne Fiddick (room#26 G floor rehab): Elspeth

  1. Nettles Workshop: Liz

  1. Discussion with regards to “business” and what should/needs to be looked at/revised by the guild at the May AGM. Topics raised so far: book reports by members, monetary policies/procedures regarding program(s), job description for executive positions, equipment list updates, financial reporting monthly/quarterly, library inventory updates, bi-monthly business meetings ,hostess duties, adding a membership person to the executive.

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
The next meeting will be held on May 2, 2018

Hostesses for the ­­­­­­May meeting will be Margo + Lynne.

Please remember that if you are unable to fulfill your duties as hostess to arrange with another guild member to take your place in advance of the meeting date.

Program for the May meeting: Joyce – beaded lace


Elspeth – twined baskets, handspun

Debbie – hand dyed/woven tea towels

Jeannette – knit baby sweater/booties/hat

Margaret – handspun

Margo – UFO felt to give away

Liz – boucle yarn samples

Heather – boucle handspun

Joyce – knit shawl (wingspan pattern), knit baby sac