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, September 12, 2011

Minures of the Sept meeting

Minutes of Mid Island Weavers and Spinners’ Guild Annual General Meeting

Date: Sept 7, 2011

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Place: St Paul’s Church Hall, Nanaimo

Present: Karin Jacobson (Acting Chair), Betty Tufnail, Jeanette Brooks – Treasurer, Darlene Booth - Secretary, Frances Dawson, Margo Turner, Crystal Hanson, Jolie Rey, Sharon McGarrigle, Kathy McDonald, Liz Kaarremaa, Gwen and father (for Sheila) Frederickson

Karin brought the meeting to order and welcomed the new and returning members.

Treasurer’s Report

Jeanette reviewed the details on income and expenses. The current Balance of $613.20 reflected the payment of one-half of the annual rent and excluded dues received at today’s meeting. The net proceeds for the April Fibre Sale ($184.95 – concession + $60 – rental + $300 – table rentals) was a record high due to donation of food for the concession.

Motion: Jeanette Brooks/Karin Jacobson

That the financial report be accepted.


Information Items

Betty reported that a fine Spinning Wheel had been donated to the Guild by Peggy Sonfield and members interested in borrowing it should contact Jeanette Brooks who will store it. Also an Inkle Loom had been donated.

Kathy reported that the Leola Studio in Nanaimo had a community loom that could be used by members on site. Warp was supplied but weft would be the responsibility of users.

The Duncan Fibre Fair was coming up near the end of October.

Guild Program Suggestions

A summary of the discussion of future program ideas, including workshops, extra meetings, with responsibilities for follow up is attached to these minutes. Action: Liz will put on blog.

The following is a summary of the discussion and actions further to the development of the future program shown in draft form in the attachment.

  • the hall was paid and available for a 2nd meeting each month which is not currently being utilized. Such a meeting could be used for a look at the books. Betty offered to open the Hall if required.

  • Other facilities could be available for an all-day workshop should the Church Hall not be available. Jeanette offered to arrange such a facility if required. Costs could be defrayed by charging a small fee. One option would be to offer non members attending the workshop an annual membership in combination with their fee.

  • Crystal will contact potential instructors and give to Liz a week in advance of October meeting. Contact info for potential instructors should be forwarded to Crystal. Crystal may find out ideas for further topics after speaking to these people. Talks could be scheduled for an evening meeting.

It was agreed that it would be useful to add some time to the Show and Tell for members to provide book reports.

Hostess Sign Up

Attached to these minutes is a summary of volunteers who will manage the refreshments for each meeting. Action: Liz will put on blog.


Action: Crystal volunteered to update the brochure on the Guild for review at the next meeting. The group felt if it was available to leave at appropriate suppliers and fairs it could be a useful tool for recruiting new members.

Next Meeting – October 5, 2011, 7 pm

Hostesses are Karin and Darlene.

Program will include:

  • Instruction by Liz on how to use the blog and add items

  • review of updated draft brochure prepared by Crystal

  • Further discussion of future program

  • Liz will present a book report

Prepared by Darlene Booth

Show & Tell

  1. Margo – interest in coiled baskets in Spring 2005 issue of Spin Off; Betty offered to provide instruction to group – see attached programs.

  2. Liz – displayed an impressive range of spinning/dying assignments of silk, cotton and fibre mixtures completed during course work. Also a Cat’s Head cedar/willow basket made at a Jeanne Carrigan workshop on Salt Spring Island.

  3. Betty – several knitted ruffled funky scarves.

  4. Crystal – knitting a sweater.

  5. Jeannette B- awesome knitted sideways jacket with various felted adornments and interesting patterned front made from stash.

  6. Karin – two Romney knitted lace shawls made from single ply dyed hand spun

Draft # 1 2011-12 MIWSG Program Suggestions with Hostess Sign Up

Month Topic Program Resp Hostesses



MIWSG Brochure

Book report




Darlene, Karin


Felt project

Jolie, Heather



Pot luck

Unfinished Project Exchange/help




Spinning, Distaff Day, different wheels, different fibres


Jeanette B.


Spindle Day


Kathy, Sharon


Coiled yarn for baskets



Sheila & Gwen



Pot Luck

Unfinished Project Display


? Silk workshop (Stitchers’ Muse)

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