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 now being held at the library downtown on Commercial St upstairs in their meeting room. 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, November 29, 2019

Destash Sale March 2020

Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild’s

Bi-annual Destash - Restash Sale

March 14th. 2020

9:30 to 2pm

Spinning Fibre, Weaving materials, Equipment, almost
anything that you can think of. Great deals, great fun.

Cedar Community Hall

2388 Cedar Rd.

From the north- come off the Parkway onto Cedar Rd, 
turn right after going across the Nanaimo River bridge
to stay on Cedar Rd. go approx 4km , hall is on Left, 
opposite the cemetery.
From the south-turn onto Cedar Rd. at the lights just south 
of the airport, stay on Cedar Rd, the hall will be on
your Right, opposite the cemetery.

More info or for table rental

Contact Kathy McDonald 250-722-2150


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dogwood Traditional Rug Hookers Demonstration and Presentation

The Dogwood Traditional Rug Hookers will be giving a presentation at the Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild meeting on Wednesday, November 6th in the HarbourFront Library in Nanaimo starting at 6pm. The meeting runs until 8pm.

To see some of their amazing work follow the The link:
to their Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

2 Looms for sale

From: Janette Lorimer <janettelorimer@gmail.com>
Date: October 15, 2019 at 3:30:36 PM PDT
Subject: Fwd: 2 looms for sale

Wondered if anyone in your guilds are interested.

Subject: 2 looms for sale

Ane-Marie is selling her 2 looms.  A Woolhouse 8 shaft and a Leclerc Fanny 4 shaft, photos attached. $300 each.

Please contact Ane-Marie if you are interested or have any questions.


 45" Leclerc 4 Shaft

45" 8 Shaft Woolhouse Loom

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Noh Coat Challenge and Bonnie Cashin Presentation at GVWSG

From: Isabelle Fusey <ifusey@telus.net>
Date: October 8, 2019 at 10:39:03 AM PDT

Subject: Noh Coat Challenge and Bonnie Cashin Presentation at GVWSG meeting Saturday Oct 26 Vancouver

Reply-To: Isabelle Fusey <ifusey@telus.net>
Dear weaving friends of nearby ANWG guilds

Would you let your members know about this exciting weaving challenge and the upcoming presentation at the next meeting of the Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild October 26?

We invite weavers to join us in weaving cloth for, and making, American designer Bonnie Cashin’s Noh coat as it appears in Threads Magazine Oct/Nov 1990 No. 31. The coat is very simple and is especially suitable for handweavers who do not sew often. The coat is unlined, does not have set-in sleeves, and has binding for the edge. This means that the coat is all about the quality of the cloth. We have seen this design on all sizes and shapes of women. Our idea is that anyone interested will weave the coat in time for the ANWG conference in Salem in 2021. The more the merrier. It would be a spectacular expression of handwoven cloth. This is not a juried event, but we will have some event, perhaps a Happy Hour, to show off our coats at the conference. Let’s fill a room with Noh coats!

The Greater Vancouver Weaver’s and Spinners Guild is excited to begin our journey to the Noh Coat Challenge in Salem by bringing Dr. Susan Torntore, retired professor of textiles, museum curator and author, to give an illustrated talk on the work of Bonnie Cashin, her clothing and colourful handwoven and hand-knitted textiles in the 1960s and 1970s. The talk will take place at Saturday October 26 at 
11 am, room 308, Artscape Building 268 Keefer St Vancouver V6A 1X5.

We are very grateful to Threads magazine for giving us permission to use the photo of the Noh coat on the front cover of the above issue, and for permission to use the pattern they developed for the coat. They have very generously supplied us with a PDF for sharing with all interested weavers.

For more information, contact Toby Smith at tobymsmith@hotmail.com or Isabelle Fusey at ifusey@telus.net.  We plan to communicate through a Groups.io email group. To join the group, email ifusey@telus.net.

See attached for more information. This information will also be available in the next ANWG newsletter.

Kind regards


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Qualicum Sale: Friday, Sept 20th and Saturday, Sept 21st.

From: "sylviad@telus.net" <sylviad@telus.net>
Date: August 13, 2019 at 12:59:14 PM PDT
Subject: Gigantic Yarn Sale at Blow Out Prices
Could you please pass the following information onto your Guild members.

Qualicum Weavers and Spinners are holding a sale of yarns, knitting and weaving, plus weaving equipment, books and magazines.  We have so much inventory that we do not have any room in our Guild room, even with most of it in storage.  Yarns consist of cottons, wool, mohair, mixed blends and acrylics at really low prices.

The equipment that we have left is:

Electric Bobbin Winder
Rag and Ski Shuttles
Homemade Bench
Piano Bench                                      
Cottage Table LoomDrop Spindles,
Kniddy Knoddies.

The sale will be on September 20th and 21st from 10 am to 3 pm
The Commons (formerly Qualicum Elementary School)
744 Primrose St

Thank you

Sylvia Dwyer