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 29, 2011

Items for sale

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1) Woolhouse 45” Gertrude Frame with Cyrefco Dobby Attachment (16 Shafts)
2) Woolhouse 60” Gertrude Draw Loom, 8 Shaft Harness countermarched with 51 pattern shafts

-Both Looms come with double 1” sectional warp beams, tex solve heddles, cords, bench etc.

Misc. Equipment:
-Many types of shuttles, bobbins and winder, swift, reed hooks, plastic & wooden bobbins, warping reel, spool rack with spools, several reeds (Aprox. 12), Jumbo spinning wheel
-Several boxes of fine silk, wools, linens etc.
-Extensive library: over 90 books, years of Hand-woven Fibre Arts, Shuttle Spindle and Dye Pot, Complex Weavers etc.

Contact Joanne in Armstrong BC for more info.
Tel. 250 546 9500

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Victoria College of Art



37th annual student year-end Sale and Open House

Admission, refreshments, and live entertainment free as usual.

Last year 90 creative works flew off the walls into the hands of the 700 people who came to celebrate our students’ artistic achievements at the opening reception.

This April 1st Student Sale & Open House (7-10 pm) is another opportunity to purchase a very affordable special piece you or your friends will treasure forever.

Are you buying the early flowering of genius of a future Picasso or Giacometti? Who knows? There will be over four hundred works in all media lining the walls of the historic Victoria College of Art to choose from. Blown away by what you see? Just pay for it, take it off the wall, and carry it home. (Cash, debit, and credit cards accepted.)

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons (1-4pm), see how it’s all done. Our professional faculty will be present for demonstrations, presentations, and lectures in every subject, including Animation, Illustration, Textile Arts, leading-edge Print-Making, non-noxious Mold-making and Casting as well as Painting, Drawing, Photography, Graphic Design, Sculpture and a 3D installation project at the front door.

On Monday, April 4th, see our diploma graduates’ work at the Victoria College of Art Annex at The Well. (821 Fort Street) Reception 6:30-9 pm. Show continues until April 15th.

Please find attached our poster for your viewing and distribution. We hope to see you then!

Monday, March 21, 2011

reminder of our sale

Don't forget about the fibre and Equipment sale this Saturday March 26th from 10 until three, Set up 9:00 or 830? We volunteered to make goodies and bring them for the tea table and there will be chili and buns, as well, that volunteers have offered to bring. We are having gift baskets as door prizes as well which people have brought items for or are bring items for. Heather

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Got Stash? Need Stash?

Photo from Amy's Blotch and Thrum blog.
The every second year BIG De-stash/Re-stash event is once again on the horizon and coming soon. The MID ISLAND SPINNERS AND WEAVERS GUILD is again hosting a Fibre Swap meet. Clean out your closets or come to find great bargins. Everything from fibre, yarn, equipment, books and anything else fibre related that you can think of is likely to be there. Join us on March 26th 10-2 at St Paul's Anglican Church, 100 Chapel St Nanaimo . If you would like to rent a table, contact Jeanette Roberts at 250-751-1070 or at aj.roberts at shaw.ca

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

message from Betty re sale and next meeting

Hi Francis, sure hope your recovering quickly, and back at the meetings soon.

We voted to start our meetings at 7:00 sharp.

Our annual general meeting and election of officers is April 6th so please say YES when Eva calls.

Just a reminder about the sale on the 26th.

Eva will open the doors before 8:30, so please help to set up, Jeanette R reports 12 tables spoken for, could have a few more if you know anyone else.
Karen is looking after the Costco goods. Pauline is the chili lady, and Anne if you would like to make another pot that would be nice. All receipts go to Jeannette B at the next meeting for reembursements. Please bring a plate of goodies, that will be sold with the coffee. Please remember items for the door prize baskets. Anne please bring baskets to put the items in. Always a great day with lots of bargains.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Criters and Creatures

Hi folks, Spreading the word, from Victoria Area, Vancouver

Calling artists who portray animals -- real or imaginary.
Enter yourself or spread the word to friends who might be

*_Critters and Creatures - _**_June 23 -- July 17, 2011_**__*

*Coast Collective Art Gallery*

This show is dedicated to celebrating Animals -- all our
furry, feathered and scaled friends, real and imaginary.
Each Artist is limited to 4 entries less than 36" in any
dimension, or contact us to discuss possibilities if you
have a special request or unique requirements. This Fine
Art Show will be juried by way of digital images. No work
needs to be delivered to the Gallery prior to acceptance and
no adjudication fees apply. Artwork on display in the Coast
Collective Gift Shop may _not_ be removed to be entered in
Coast Collective Gallery Shows. We will have our outdoor
Acres of Art Festival, which includes the Wet Canvas Show,
Land Art by the Victoria Flower Arrangers' Guild and the
lovely costumed ladies of Heritage Productions plus food and
music and fun, AND the Festival of Animal which will include
displays by local animal rescue groups,on Sunday, July 3,
2011, the middle weekend of this show. Mark your calendar,
tell your friends and plan to come join us for the fun!

Applications for this show can be submitted using the
on-line form linked to the Art Gallery page of our website:
>, or copies of the
application form can be downloaded from there and,
accompanied by images of your work, e-mailed, mailed or
delivered. A $5 per piece processing fee will be due for
application images not handled electronically. If you have
trouble using the on-line application form, please send an
e-mail to gallery@coastcollective.ca
gallery@coastcollective.ca>explaining your problem
and we'll help. Application forms and images must be
received *_no later than June 3, 2011_*. Artists will be
notified by June 13 about what works have been accepted.
Further instructions about the delivery of accepted works
will be provided at that time. A $10 hanging fee per
accepted piece will be charged upon delivery of artwork, and
a 30% Commission will be retained by the Gallery for each
piece sold. Contact us at gallery@coastcollective.ca if you
have questions or need more information.



*_Coast Collective Art Gallery_*

*3221 Heatherbell Road, Colwood *


Friday, March 4, 2011

Loss of a wonderful tapestry weaving teacher

It is with great sadness that I inform you of James Koehler's passing. James died last night, Thursday, March 3rd. At this time there are no details for a memorial service. James was loved and respected by many, many friends and students.
I had taken two courses from James Koehler and hoped to take more. he was a very patient man. I have a book that was published recently on his interesting life. I'm very sad to hear this. Heather


Workshop on Quadra Island Might be of interest to some.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Upcoming meeting

Don't forget our meeting tomorrow. Last minute wrap of plans for our Fibre and Equipment sale on Saturday March 26th at St. Paul's Anglican Church. We need to bring goodies for that event. some people are making chili.
I hope I get to the meeting with show and tell. It is supposed to be windy so I hope not as I wont cross the water if it is and I am supposed to be bringing the goodies along with ??
Don't forget the island Retreat April 1-3 At the Grand Hotel in Nanaimo. The vendors market place will be open to non registered participants Saturday from 10-12 and 1-3.
The retreat is a package deal -you must be staying at the hotel to participate in the retreat events.
Northwest Regional Weavers Conference May 29- June 5 Salem.Oregon www.anwg.org