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, August 27, 2010

September Meeting

Attention all weavers, spinners, knitters and fibre freaks, the next Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild meeting is September 8th at 7:30.  It is usually the first Wednesday of the month but for some reason tradition has it as the second Wednesday, something to do with the start of school.
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

Sock Blank painting and knitting

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.

summer creations

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!

Centre piece workshop

Felted ball, with instructions
There will be a work group for making centre pieces for the Fibre Fiesta at Anne Fiddicks place on August the 25th from 1 pm until 4 pm. Bring your lunch and any shells (big enough to fit a tennis ball) and fibre for felting balls that you want to use or just come and we will have some supplies.  
Completely useless felt rocks.  Click here to read more....

From Spiderfelt

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Simply Spindling

Simply Spindling on Salt Spring Island 
Saturday August 7th
The Salt Spring Island Weavers and Spinners Guild invite you and your spindling friends to an afternoon on Salt Spring Island of:

Simply Spindling

Please join us on Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 1:00 to 5:00 at the United Church Meadow on Hereford Ave in the heart of Ganges. You will find us between the church and Studio One, and behind the parking lot of Island Savings Credit Union. 
Come for the Saturday Market in the morning, take advantage of the many fine restaurants and food vendors for lunch, then head over to the Meadow which is in walking distance from the Saturday Market.
Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, and your own refreshments.
Parking is at a premium in the summer so be prepared to park and walk.
While the aim of the day is to keep everything as simple and unstructured as possible please consider sharing some of the following ideas with your fellow spindlers:
  • Show us your spindle collectionbring something to put your collection on. This could include your accessories
    such as wrist distaffs, or interesting carrying devices.
  • Do you have a particularly innovative functional spindle?
  • It would be wonderful to see what types of yarns are being produced by us spindlers be they thick, thin, novelty, exquisite yarns, not spindlers.
  • Any good stories relating to spindling like the most unusual place your spindle has fallen while you have been spinning.
  • Have you developed a unique skill while spindling? Can you walk, talk and chew gum while spinning? Can you start your spindle with your feet or other non-traditional body part?
Please join us for an afternoon of fun and sharing. Contact Cheryl Wiebe woodboro at saltspring.com if you have any questions.