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, April 29, 2011

next meeting

The May 4th meeting will be held starting at 7pm and some will meet at
New York Pizza for dinner around 5;30pm phone Eva if you can come and
join us.
This meeting the plan is to assist Margo to look at the library books
and make some assessment of the books and their fate. Maybe while
looking at the books we will become inspired for programs for next fall.

Fiddick's Farm Bed & Breakfast

1431 Ivor Road
Nanaimo, BC V9X 1P7
Tel. (250)722-2507
Cell (250)758-5963


Thursday, April 14, 2011

More Classes

The Maiwa Textile Symposium 2011
42 Workshops, 8 Lectures and 5 Events
Held through the months of September, October and November 2011.
The course calendar will be posted in full online at www.maiwa.com
toward the middle of April and the printed copy will be available early June and sent
directly to everyone on our mailing list.
Please call 604 669 3939 or add your name online if you would like to be added to
the mailing list.
Registration will open June 20, 2011 at 10am.
Subtraction - Erasure - Conjecture
Michael Brennand-Wood
Random Precision
Michael Brennand-Wood
Screen Printing - From Simple to Sublime
Wendy Huhn
Stitching as Markmaking
Ilze Aviks
Monoprinted Cloth and the Stitched Mark
Ilze Aviks
Natural Dyes
Charllotte Kwon
The Art of Embroidery
Bonnie Adie
African Mudprinting
Michele Wipplinger
Hand-Hooked Rugs
Michelle Sirois-Silver
Diary Painting for Art Quilts
Susan Shie
Colour Institute
Michele Wipplinger
Arashi Shibori and Silk Painting
Izabela Sauer
Designing Knitted Lace with Beads
Sivia Harding
Bookbinding Basics
Gaye Hansen
The Art of Bookbinding
Gaye Hansen
Natural Dyes: Print and Pattern
Anne Babchuk and Danielle Bush
Introduction to Dyes
Natalie Grambow
Knitworks: Designing with Colour, Texture, and Pattern
Alison Ellen
Knitworks: Designing a Garment
Alison Ellen
Funk Shui Felting
Jessica de Haas
Creating Textile Design in Photoshop
Hitoshi Ujiie
Secrets of the Dye Garden
Michel Garcia
Indigo: The Organic Vat
Michel Garcia
Colour Tricks: Dyeing, Spinning, and Knitting
Janel Laidman
Felting Vision
Jorie Johnson
The Creative Studio
Natalie Grambow
Silk Felt - Silk Fusion
Karen Selk
Weaving: The Delectable Sari
Jane Stafford
Gee’s Bend Quilting - One Day
Quilters of Gee’s Bend
Gee’s Bend Quilting - Two Day (twice)
Quilters of Gee’s Bend
Expressive Painting with Procion Dyes
Sue Benner
Honourable Discharge - Incredible Quilting
Bob Adams
The Expressive Stitch
Dorothy Caldwell
Needle Felting: A New Adventure
Briony Jean Foy
Needle Felting as an Art Medium
Briony Jean Foy
Katazome with Natural Dyes
Akemi Nakano Cohn
Indigo Shibori
Akemi Nakano Cohn
Tapestry Weaving: Zapotec Traditions
Elaine Duncan
Phototransfer for Textiles
Natalie Grambow
True Colours: Developing a Personal Palette
Carol Soderlund
Waxing Eloquent: Soy Wax Resist
Carol Soderlund
Material Evidence: Reinventing Textiles
Living Textiles of Mexico
Yarns and Lines: New Directions in Hand Knitting
Why We Dye: Insights from the Chromatic World
In Praise of Sheep: A Feltmaker’s Tale
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Human Marks
An Exhibition of Mexican Textiles
Sheri Brautigam & Charllotte Kwon
An Exhibition of Textiles from the
Maiwa Masterclass - India
An Exhibition of the Felted Textiles
of Jorie Johnson
Unstitched and Enfolded
A Maiwa Fashion Show
An Evening of Music, Dance,

weaving and dying classes

I am teaching courses with the Victoria College of Art in Introduction to Tapestry (starting May 24-June 29, 2011) and Natural Dyeing (starting July 5 – August 10, 2011). For more information, contact the Victoria College of Art (www.vca.ca) or elaine@elaineduncan.com .

Thanks very much, Elaine

Elaine Duncan Handweaving Studio

POBox 623,

1219 Dobson Road,

Errington, BC V0R 1V0




Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cowichan Valley Arts Council's 41st annual arts show

Weave Outside The Box by Alison Irwin.  
It is the largest non-juried art show in the Cowichan Valley, featuring recent artworks by artists living and working in the Cowichan Valley.
Gala Opening!
Wednesday, April 6 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Everyone welcome. Meet the artists and share in the fun.

Thursday, April 7 Open 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, April 8 Open 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 10 Open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Quw'utsun' Conference & Cultural Centre, 200 Cowichan Way in Duncan.  Click here for directions: http://www.cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca/finearts_location.php 

Admission is $5 for adults and free admission for children.
Your support of the arts and artists is greatly appreciated.
Each day different CVAC members, artists and representatives of arts groups will host the show, giving demonstrations and talking about the art work.
Daily Program

Thursday, April 7, 10 am – 12 noon : Handbuilding in clay, Jane Wolters
1 - 4 pm : Rug hooking, Colleen Wike

Friday, April 8, 1- 4pm : Artists Trading Cards with Beverlee McLeod

Saturday, April 9, 1 – 4 pm : Silk painting, Clare Carver
10 - 12 and 1 - 3 pm : Face Painting

Sunday, April 10, 1 – 4 pm - Weaving of all sorts by Alison Irwin
11 - 3pm : Face Painting

Monday, April 4, 2011

MIWSG De-Stash Re-Stash event a success

The BiG event was another success.  The hall was filled with tables and people and fibre of every sort.  There was even some beautiful old and new equipment.  Start getting your stash ready for the next big event.  Held every two years, the next one will be in 2013.