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

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Qualicum Weavers and Spinners 

are holding a spring show and sale featuring handwoven clothing, household linens, knitted and felted items in natural fibres.

April 5 - 6th from 10 am to 4 pm.
Demonstrations of weaving and spinning, a silent auction of member's handiwork.  

Free admission to all members of the public and is wheel chair friendly.

The Commons (formerly Qualicum Elementary School)
744 Primrose Street,

Thank you
Sylvia Dwyer

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