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

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March Meeting March 7th

Our February Meeting is Wednesday the 7th of March

We are meeting at The Modern Cafe at 5:30 for those who would like to join us.

 We will have two guest speakers doing a presentation on Mushroom dyeing. Eleni Harvalias and Martha Holmes. Martha is in my tapestry group and Eleni is the daughter -in- law of an old weaving and spinning Friend from Richmond Guild.

The hostesses this Month are Linda and Debbie

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

master Spinners Class

Hello Fiber Enthusiasts,
We are excited that Olds College will be offering a Master Spinner Class, Level 1, at the Jansen Art Center, May 18-22.
Olds College, based near Calgary, Alberta, is one of the few colleges in North America offering textile classes: master spinning and master weaving classes among them.  They offer only a few off-site classes, and none on the west coast of the US, so this is a great opportunity for spinners in our area.
Participants can register online at https://oldscollegece.augusoft.net/ by searching (by menu or search option) for the Master Spinner Level 1 - Lynden, WA offering.  Or they can do so by phone, by calling Olds College Continuing Education toll free: 1-800-661-6537, ext 2.  
This is a 5-day intensive class, and the fee is $940 Canadian, approximately $750 US.  If you plan to stay in Lynden during this class, the Inn at Lynden will have special room rates available for participants.  Please call the Inn at 360-746-8597 for reservations and let them know you are part of this class.  More information about the Inn can be found at www.innatlynden.com

Sheri Ward
For the Jansen Textile Group

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Saorri weaving

For those interested in doing some introductory weaving sessions..... Individuals 
can book in for just one session [or a series of 8 for a 10% discount!] and the Studio provides supplies and equipment.
Flyer with more details to come.