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

Monday, August 29, 2011

Virtual Museum of Textile Arts

This website from an Italian lace making firm isn't just a mere company website. The "Virtual Museum" contains more than a dozen peopled scenes from the 1400s to the 1900s, and it highlights the lace-centric textiles in each scene. The textiles are listed below the scene, and when visitors click on the listed textiles, they are taken to the textile in the scene, where a few details are given about it. Each scene can be navigated with three sets of arrows for 360-degree views. There is also an excellent explanatory paragraph or two accompanying each scene that gives context to the scene, including relevant historical and political details. Visitors will notice the lack of faces on the people in the scenes, and the rationale for it is not given. Those visitors interested in seeing a brief demonstration of how needle lace and bobbin lace is made by hand should definitely check out the "Technique" link, for the two short videos. Also, paragraphs accompany each video, explaining the history and use of each type of lace.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Providence Farms Spin-in

A note asking spinners to join the Providence Farm monthly spin-in.  Spin fibre that they provide and leave them the yarn from which the special needs clients weave into salable items....

Sept. 12 marks the date of the new year for spinners at Providence Farm.
Please come and know that you are welcome and needed...we have fabulous black wool processed at Qualicum Bay Fibre Works and some lovely dyed wool courtesy of Leola Witt-McNie, and course all the natural colours our sheep give us.
10am-2pm at St Annes Garden Club building on Providence farm
Thank you so much
Betty Worthy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Birkeland Bros. News

Birkeland Bros. is offering workshops for knitters and a sale in September.  Click on this link to see a document about the workshops and their sale.
Who is Birkeland Bros? You ask.....Check this video

Birkeland Bros Wool - CBC Television Feature from Cara Birkeland on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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