Mid Island Weavers and Spinners (and other fibre enthusiasts) Guild
Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Friday, November 5, 2010
There is a You tube sample as well.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Vicki says, "Splicing forms an invisible join that can be used anywhere in a row. It secures the two yarns together without adding bulk or know, is easy to accomplish, and eliminates the need to work in ends."
Here's Vicki to demonstrate the yarn-splicing technique for you:
This splicing method works on wool, llama, or alpaca yarns—basically on any yarn that will felt a little bit. So some of the blends will work, too. If you're working with a blend, you'll have to try splicing it to see if it'll work well.
Spinning Luxury Fiber DVD
Spinners today have such an abundance of fiber choices, sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin – and to know how to handle these precious materials once you have them in your hands. In this extensive treatment of the best the fiber world has to offer, Master Spinner Judith MacKenzie shares what she’s learned from deep experience in both craft and industry, with a hands-on teaching style that will give you inspiration, confidence, and good results.
This three-disk set covers:
- Silk, from cocoon to top to noil to magnificent blends
- Alpaca, both huaycaya and suri
You’ll learn how to prepare each fiber, how to spin it, how to finish your yarn, and the fascinating history and lore of each.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Upcoming Fall Workshop:
Jo Swallow’s Weavers’ Wearables
October 30, 2010
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location : Lighthouse Community Hall in the Board Room
Cost : $20.00, payable to QSWG, as soon as possible to ensure your place.
Reminder: If you have paid, and cannot attend, it is your responsibility to find someone to attend in your place or forfeit the workshop fee.
Call Jo, Mary or Jackie to find a replacement on the waiting list?
Number of spaces available: 15 or more
Please make your cheque payable to Qualicum Beach Weavers and Spinners Guild .The final payment date for this workshop is Oct. 18 at the next Q.B.S.&W. Guild meeting at the Loft.
Outline of this course includes sharing for an hour our own woven samples and creations …. What worked and what did not. This should be a lively learning experience as Jo will comment and volunteer suggestions.
Jo Swallow is a dynamic teacher and is very willing to explore patterns, fibres, etc. She is hoping to get weavers to wear what they weave in a fashionable way.
She will have a display of her own handwoven clothing, design booklet handout , as well as her book with “real” swatches which she has for sale. She has prepared an informative lecture for the afternoon.
You will need to bring your lunch, a notebook, samples of weaving, yarns and some of your woven wear if you wish and perhaps a camera for photos.
Schedule for the day
11:00 -12:00 sharing and question period
12:00-1:00 lunch and short break
1:00- 4:00 Weavers’ Wearables Seminar
If you have already signed the interest sheet or if you’ve just decided to attend please sign below and return to Jo Williamson.
Email address is :email@example.com
Phone 250-757-8402 for any questions you may have.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Once again, ANWG will be awarding conference grants (previously called scholarships) to selected members of ANWG member guilds. As in most recent conference years, 10 grants of $400 each will be awarded to cover conference costs -- registration, housing and meals. Three alternates will also be selected in the event that one or more winners are unable to use the award. The ANWG Board approved the following criteria for conference grant selection:
Applicant must not have previously received a ANWG confer-ence scholarship/grant
Applicant must indicate that acceptance of the grant would make a financial difference and enable conference atten-dance
Applicant must be an active and supportive member of her/his guild
Applicant must be willing to share the conference experience with their Guild members
In addition to the above requirements, preference will be given for:
An applicant who has never attended an ANWG conference
An applicant who has been weaving less than 5 years
There is no application form, rather, a nomination letter from the Guild President or ANWG Representative must be sent to the Con-ference Grants committee addressing the above criteria. A statement from the nominee must also be included. Only one applicant per guild may be nominated. The deadline to receive applications is October 31, 2010. Awards will be announced by December 15, 2010 (note: conference registration is due to open on January 1, 2011).
Applications should be sent electronically (preferred) to Alison Ad-dicks, Conference Grants Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal service to: Alison Addicks at 2075A Johnson Rd., Rice, WA 99167-9741.
Monday, October 18, 2010
If cooler fall temperatures have you reaching for ‘warm and woolly’ accessories, then you’ll want to drop by the Weavers Sale in The Loft Art Gallery in Mill Bay to see what’s new. For the third year in a row, the Tzouhalem Spinners & Weavers Guild sets up shop for the whole month of November in the Gallery above ‘Valley Wines to Vines’ in the Mill Bay Shopping Centre. Walls that usually hold framed pictures will be the backdrop for wonderful handmade textiles: scarves, shawls, felted hats, knitted slippers and toques, tea towels, table runners, bags, bookmarks and more, all created right here in the Cowichan Valley. With the festive season coming up, do bring along your Christmas list. Since many of the items on display are one-of-a-kind, the Weavers Sale could be the perfect place to shop for The Perfect Gift! You may, of course, treat yourself to a special treasure as well.
Meet the group’s talented members during the Official Opening on Saturday, October 30, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Throughout the remainder of the Weavers Sale, a Tzouhalem Guild member will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. ‘til 3:00 p.m. to welcome visitors to the upstairs Gallery.
They’re also there to encourage folks to try out the on-site looms, just to see what’s involved in throwing a shuttle, changing a shed and weaving a pattern. Other demonstrations, such as Japanese braiding, inkle band weaving, spindle spinning and basket weaving, are scheduled for the four Saturdays in November.
Friday, October 8, 2010
10am – 4pm
Island Savings Centre
2687 James St.
Come and wear your art!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
JURIED COMPETION WINNERS’ LIST
Awards Presented at the Fashion Fiesta, Saturday, September 11, 2010 Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo, BC
1ST: Evelyn McNabb - Home Sweet Home, child’s and doll’s sweater, knitted
2ND: Heather Sinclair -Fuzzy Fun Jumper, pieced and felted
2ND: Evelyn McNabb -Granny Gear Sweater, knitted
3RD: Isabel Colebrook - Red Riding Hood Capes, knitted
1ST: Lynette Meek -Feather and Fan Reticule, beaded knitting
2ND: Mary Gillespie - Woven Emerald Scarf
3RD: Marguerite Band- Woven Silk Shawl
1ST: Leni Balaban - Biker Vest
2ND: Leni Balaban - I Dreamed I was a Pole Dancer
VALUE OF AWARDS
Best of Show -$50
People’s Choice -$150
AWARDS GENEROUSLY DONATED BY THE MID-ISLAND WEAVERS’ AND SPINNERS’ GUILD
1ST : Sylvia Dwyer -Autumn Leaves Coat
1ST : Jo Swallow - Shangri-La Cape, woven
2ND : Pat McLeod - Red Vest, woven
3RD : Edith Haack - Spring Jacket, woven
1ST: Ayami Stryck- Cape, Nuno felting
2ND: Ayami Stryck-Daphne, Nuno felting
3RD: Eileen Miles-Shetland Mystery Shawl
BEST OF SHOW:
Ayami Stryck - Cape, Nuno felting
Ayami Stryck- Daphne, Nuno felting
Our heartfelt thanks go to all those who entered and helped make our Fibre Arts Showcase and Fashion Fiesta a success. Best wishes to you all for a year of Fibre Fun! Congratulations to the winners! Our deepest thanks to the Mid-Island Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild who believed in our effort from the very start by recognizing artists’ work with their generous donations for prizes.
Read more about the Vancouver Island Fibre Arts Showcase. Cindy Scraba, of Cindy's Threadworks, sends her impressions here: http://www.cindysthreadworks.com/blog/2010/09/15/vanc-isl-fibre-arts-showcase/
We deeply appreciate the support of the following donors. Your generous gifts enabled our Silent Auction to successfully raise funds to help our event break even. We couldn't have done it without you!
- Aglow Salon
- Alison Kermack
- Charlotte's Web
- Cherry Patten
- Cindy's Threadworks
- Crafts By Design
- Darlene Rogers
- Ellen Larson
- Eva Ryan
- Gemini Fibres
- Gramma's Quilting Cupboard
- Gunilla Gansen
- Harmonique Spinning Wheels & Looms
- Interweave Press
- Jane Stafford Textiles
- Jeanette Roberts
- Jennifer Tindall
- Jens van Draby
- Jo Swallow
- Joe Cunningham Ford
- Jubu Bead & Gift
- Ken-Dor Garden Centre
- Laura Fry
- Linda de Beeld
- Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns
- Maggie Simms
- Mary Gillespie
- Our Glass Shop
- Pagan Creations
- Parksville Home Hardware
- Piper's Pub
- Qualicum Bay Fibre Works
- Save On Foods
- The Wool Shop
- Thrifty Foods - Nanaimo
- Treenway Silks
- W. Cushing & Co.
- West Coast Images
Thank you to the following donors for financial support:
Mid-Island Weavers and Spinners' Guild
Toronto Dominion Bank, Parksville
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Wraps Per Inch vs. Gauge Swatching
|Determining wraps per inch|
Have you every wondered why people worry about wraps per inch (wpi)? Me too.
Some people use this method when they have two mystery yarns and they want to see if they're the same size (to use in a striped, gauge-buster vest or something like that). I can see wpi coming in handy in this sort of situation.
And spinners use the method a lot to get an idea of what weight their handspun yarn is, too. In fact, it was in the fall issue of Spin-Off magazine that I came across the article below, which got me thinking abut wraps per inch. I thought you might like to read it, too, so I've included some excerpts here.
The author is Amy Tyler, who was trained as a scientist and spent many years teaching research methods and statistics to physical therapy students. Although she now works as a fiber artist, she still finds a systematic approach to come in handy.
What is "Wraps Per Inch"?
by Amy Tyler
I was first introduced to the wraps-per-inch method of measuring of yarn thickness at a workshop in 2003. I loved the workshop, but I was skeptical of this method from the get-go. The instructions for measuring reminded me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears—not too this . . . not too that . . . just right. With just right being in the eye of the beholder.
For example, here are the instructions from the Spring 2008 issue of Spin-Off: "Wrap a length of yarn around your gauge, packing to refusal, to determine the wraps per inch (wpi) of the yarn. Packing to refusal means that you push the strands together to fill the 1-inch groove, being sure not to stretch or smoosh the yarn as you wrap it, as this will distort your result. Strands should not overlap or gap. Then simply count the number of strands in the 1-inch groove to obtain wpi."
How could a measure with such ambiguous instructions be reliable? By reliable, I mean consistent and free from error (the definition common to many research designs and methods).
I recently attended a fiber arts retreat and I had the opportunity to carry out an informal study of the reliability of wraps per inch. I asked some of the fiber folks in attendance to help me and thirteen people agreed.
I gave each person a 3-by-5-inch index card printed with ¼-inch grid marks. I folded each card in thirds to make it a bit sturdier. I then cut a notch in the card and used a pen to mark off 2 inches of the grid. I gave each person one of these cards. Then I gave the participants some basic instructions for wrapping a yarn around the card to measure wraps per inch. My instructions were essentially, "Wrap the yarn around the card, not too tight, not too loose, with wraps touching but not squished together. Wrap for 1 or 2 inches and then count the wraps in 1 inch."
I also gave each person long strands of yarn, one at a time. First, I handed out strands of Cascade 220. I asked everyone to calculate wraps per inch. When everyone had done so, I asked them to announce the measurement they'd gotten. I repeated this sequence with three more yarns: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, Rowan Magpie Aran, and Schaefer Yarn Anne.
Each person got the same yarn, the same measuring tool, and the same instructions. Yet the resulting measures of wpi varied quite a bit. And in the case of Cascade's 220, no one got the published measurement; all estimates were too high. It seems that measures of the thicker yarns (such as the Magpie Aran and the 220) were more off than those of the thinner yarns. Also, not all people were consistently high or consistently low in their estimates.
I concluded that wraps per inch is not a very reliable measure.
Some spinners may find wraps per inch helpful as an approximate measure, but it shouldn't be used as the only measure of yarn thickness for a spinning project. In the end, it's not the thickness of the yarn per se that's important. It is how the yarn works in the finished product.
For knitting, there is no better way to decide if you've got the right thickness of yarn than to knit a gauge swatch. With that swatch, you can decide two very important things: Does the fabric behave as it should (drape, density, springiness)? And if you're following a pattern, are you getting the number of stitches per inch and rows per inch that you need?
Hear, hear on the gauge issue! Yet another reason why knitters should always make a gauge swatch—we need to know what gauge we're getting with our needles and our yarn. That's really the only way to end up with a sweater that actually fits.
|The Pass-Through Scarf |
I know, some of you have been lucky and have winged it and ended up with a well-fitting sweater, but there are many more of you who have winged it and ended up with a sweater that you had to give away or send to the frog pond, am I right?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Listen-up locals ...
|Despicable Minion designed by|
Monday, September 13, 2010
|Darlene wearing her new jacket.|
First, the Guild meeting. The Show and Tell was a highlight. Here Darlene is wearing one of two jackets made from her Mother's woven fabric. The two jackets (or was it three?) were made for her and her sister(s?) from left over fabric. There wasn't enough fabric for each jacket but a seamstress cleverly designed it with other fabrics that matched the woven sections. Their Mother passed away and these jackets are a beautiful way to remember her by.
Kathy was on a high, having taken a whole week workshop with Jane Stafford. Here's a gamp she did from the Twills on 4 workshop. Here's a link to Jane Stafford's workshops on her web site.
We also brainstormed ideas for workshops: Colour and design; fibre baskets, nuno felting, felted slippers (recycling a sweater), a trip to Salt Spring.....
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I hate warping! I love warping! I like to weave with very tight tension! Loose tension is the only way to go. I love to sample! I never weave samples. I love computer drafting! I don’t want to make drawdowns, I just want to weave. Four shafts is all you ever need. You can never have enough shafts.
How could the same craft provoke such strong, but opposite preferences? Weavers can almost come to blows over issues like whether it’s better to warp front to back or back to front.
|Color/texture weavers like this. |
It’s good to know your type for many reasons. I think of the color/texture weavers as pretty lucky. It’s easier for them to disguise their addictions. They will be collecting a lot of yarn in their weaving lives, and you can sneak yarn into the house, bit by bit, hiding it here and there, much more easily than you can hide looms. By identifying your type, you also know a lot more about how you learn and what you need to learn. Structure/pattern weavers (of which I confess I am one) are control freaks. They like to explain things, and they usually teach the guild workshops. They make computer printouts of complex drafts instead of weaving. Color/texture weavers, on the other hand actually have something to show at Show and Tell besides computer printouts. They bake the best cookies.
|Structure/pattern weavers like this. |
If you wonder which type you are, come to weavingtoday.com to take the Weaver’s Personality Inventory Test. (It will be in my blog.) And if you think you are somewhere in the middle of these two polar opposites, remember that from whatever place you start as a weaver, you move toward the center in your weaving life.
See? Doesn't that sound like fun? (Maybe we should be more like Cosmo. I can see the headline now: "How to put the sizzle back in your relationship with your loom!") OK, my mad daydreams aside, y'all come over to Weaving Today and find out your weaving personality. And if you'll share your results, I'll share mine. ;-)
Below is the list of items that Dianne Marshall of Youbou wishes to sell. She has also put together a photo gallery so you can see just what she has.
Dianne would be thrilled to have the information go out to as many weavers/spinners as possible, so if you can add the list and link to the Mid Island Guild's blog, that will be terrific.
Anyone interested in any item can get in touch with her; here is her contact information:
9822 Miracle Way Youbou BC250 745 3340
Harness and heddles Asking Price (will accept reasonable offers)
Assorted Stick Shuttles, different lengths
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Vancouver Island Conference Centre
101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, BC
Come and experience two days of expressions of the rich heritage of fibre arts on Vancouver Island. Something for everyone! Admission $5. per day or $8. for two days. Bring your spinning wheel or other hand work and join the spinners' circle. Friday, Sept. 10 1 - 8 pm and Saturday, Sept. 11 9 am - 4 pm
Friday, August 27, 2010
Newcomers are most welcome. It is in the basement of St Paul's Anglican Church, 100 Chapel St down town Nanaimo. Bring your summer show and tell projects. Show us your creativity. Inspire the rest of us. Knitters bring your WIPS (works in progress), also known as UFOs (unfinished objects), spinners bring your wheels or spindles.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
How are everyone's socks going. I did two with Liz and Julie and I am running out of yarn with the blank that I made and will have to dye more. The blank from Jeanette I can tell I will have ample.
Liz is helping me learn to blog. I hope everyone will have theirs ready for show and tell. I unfortunatley wont be at the first meeting because it is moved from the first of September to the 2nd week of September and I have another commitment that evening.
Here is a close up of my sea weed skirt (second attempt).In June you saw my first attempt -I have learned lots since then. What NOT to do and how to do it right now.I just found a good tutorial on Nuno felting. Click here if you want to look at it.
Nothing like having a deadline to work for. I had grandchildren and their parents visiting and I finally had to say I have to get my felting done. My neighbour lent me a room to work in as I couldn't work with three under 5's. The baby already dyed himself orange while he was suppose to be having a nap!
I knew that nuno felt shrank 50% but should have done samples, the skirt wont fit me. It will fit my daughter who says she has no where to wear it!