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, October 31, 2011

A Guide to Spinning Wool - Free e-book

Free e-book from Spinning Daily
From Spinning Daily: "This free eBook is entirely dedicated to taking the spinner's perspective on wool by looking at three sheep breeds (the ubiquitous Border Leicester, the Wensleydale longwool and the rare-breed Jacob), studying the texture and colors of their fibers, and walking you through how to prepare the wool for spinning. Along with intriguing stories and fun facts, each type of wool is also presented with a beautiful project. This fascinating information on how to spin wool was compiled exclusively for our Spinning Daily members. Don't wait; download your guide to spinning wool from these unique breeds. It is completely free."
Check it out here: http://www.spinningdaily.com/spinning-wool/?a=spe111031
If you are a spinner you might want o subscribe to Spinning Daily, it is free too.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guild News

Third Wednesday-of-the-month Spin-in.
The Guild's 'Third-Wednesday-of-the-month spin-in' was a success.  Seven spinners turned up, along with seven spindles, six spinning wheels, unknown pounds of fibre, and loads of enthusiasm.  Tina, a new guest arrived with two classic old wheels she had fixed, and was spinning up a beautiful long wool fibre she had died in deep purple hues (Heather would drool over this), Crystal was spinning cotton! Liz was spinning Hummingbird fibre roving of 60% Island Grown Organic Romney, 20% tussah silk and 20% mohair, Gwen was spinning on a wheel for the first time and within minutes had a steady stream of wool being wound on to the wheel.  Melody was spinning superwash merino in beautiful shades of yellow and orange.  Margo was spinning up inspiration and lessons and good fun was had by all.  Next spin-in, Nov 17th.

Guild Meeting Minutes 
Meeting minutes (thank you Darlene) are now available online.  Look for the Minutes link in the top left-hand corner of the blog.

Workshops
Don't forget to vote for the workshops topics you are interested in.  There are two polls, a new one was added a week ago but only two people have voted on it.  So if you want to vote, check the blog for the polls.

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Fibres @ The Hill

Poster for the Fibres @ The Hill event

Take a trip to Victoria and visit the Vancouver Island
Surface Designers
Show called
Fibres @ the Hill
November 2 to 28, 2011
10 to 5
Cedar Hill Rec Center Art Gallery
3220 Cedar Hill Road,
Victoria BC

Show Opening November 4th,  6pm to 8pm
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spinning drop-in

The Guild is having a Wednesday evening spin-in, this coming Wednesday Oct 19th 7p.m. Everyone welcome. We hope to have a variety of wheels there so people can try out different ones, plus a few spindles. This is a social spin. So bring yourself and your wheel if you have one and join in. If you are a complete novice, come anyway. We can make a spinner out of you.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

October Show and Tell

Crystal knitting with a pen
Gwyn's tapestry.
The October meeting had a good show and tell.






A highlight was Gwyn's tapestry.  Not only did she weave the tapestry in two hours, but she also made the loom!!!  A cardboard loom.
Sharon's painted warp scarves
Cathy's painted warp scarves




And Sharon and Cathy have been busy experimenting with painted-warp scarves.






Kristin's finger-less spindle-hand-spun
mittens
Julie is starting on a wool basket.
Julie's basket
Kirsten is a spindle fanatic.  YEAH! Here's her mittens and a headband.
The evenings program was a tour around the Internet showing fibre related sites.  All the sites and more, are on the resources page.  Click on resources on the top left of this page.
Don't forget to vote for the workshops you are interested in.








Sharon's future house coat.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wednesday's program

This Wednesday will include an overview of some top Internet sites for the fibre artist, including the Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild blog:  how to add a post; how to post a comment; how to add a resource link. If you have a favorite Internet site or two, please bring the URLs and we can all take a look at them.  Bring your computer questions.  Bring a fibery question, anything, like, how is Portuguese knitting different than European knitting? There will be a stump the 'net contest.
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