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, February 20, 2012

information I tried to post earlier on Sarah Swett Workshop

Sarah Swett

Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers Guild -

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

"The Value of Value"

September 20 - 23rd, 2012

Thursday to Sunday at the

Shatford Centre for the Arts

760 Main Street, Penticton

How do images come alive on a warp? What gives things the appearance of
volume? How can a collection of woolen shapes exude energy, movement and
mood? In this workshop we will study these questions and more by working
with the relationships between light, color, yarn and image.

The class begins with a series of exercises in blending and value
progression, exploring how they can be used to model form. We then apply
these principles to a cartoon based tapestry, working with pencil, paper and
wool as they train mind, eyes and hands in weaving flat objects that come
alive on a weft faced surface.

· Warp and Weft provided

· Students should bring;

1. A "Brennan Style" copper or pvc frame loom.
Other portable tapestry looms (mirrix etc)
are suitable as long as the student is comfortable and
familiar with its use. (instructions will be sent to participants

2. scissors, drawing paper, ruler or tape measure,
large eyed "tapestry" needle,

Maximum of 15 students will be accepted to the class, so register early!

4 days - $350.00 (coffee/tea & lunch provided each day)

Sarah Swett workshop

Subject: Sarah Swett Tapestry workshop in Okanagan

Hi Guild members, I am the workshop coordinator for the Desert Sage Spinners and
Weavers Guild in the Okanagan, based in Oliver. We are a teaching guild of
65 members and are holding a Sarah Swett Tapestry weaving Workshop in
Penticton from September 20 - 24, 2012. I have tried to find a general
email address for the BC tapestry weavers society but it doesn't seem to be
active so I am hoping it is okay to be contacting you directly.

If you believe anyone in your society would be interested in attending this
workshop, I have attached our registration form. We are excited to have
Sarah coming our way and through grants, we are able to keep the cost
affordable. Our guild members, where possible will try to co-ordinate
billeting for out of towners. Thanks so much for forwarding this along as
appropriate ~ take care. Hilary Robertson

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spin-in week

Fiona's dark lace weight and Melody's
green fingerling weigth.
Dreamspin 2012 and the Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild were there.  36 hours of spinning, followed by a couple of days of rest and then a Wednesday evening spin-in.
Dreamspin was great fun with at least 50 spinners from north, south and from across the water.
We had a new spinner come and try out a wheel for the first time and she was smitten with spinning.
A close up of the 'nipples'
Fiona and Melody were both taking part in Lynette's KAL (knit-a-long) on Ravelry and brought their knitting to show.  Lynette from Mad about Ewe is releasing a different section of the scarf/shawl every couple of weeks. Fiona is her test knitter.  Check out Fiona's knitting, not bad with only 1 year under her belt!!!
Fiona's version of 'Dark of the Morning'

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Yet another 3rd Wednesday Spin-in

Photo: Carding and spinning in Norway
Mid Island Weavers and Spinners (and other FiBre fReAks) Guild is having another spin-in on Feb15th, 7pm. Yes, it is the 3rd Wednesday of the month, hard to believe we are already there.  It’s open to spinners and wannabe spinners. There will be a variety of wheels there and spindles you can try. Learn how to make your own yarn. We had such a good time last month, we decided to try a spin-in tis month too. The spin-in is free and open to anyone.   

This has been a Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild blog update. If you are reading this as an email, you should click here to see this item in its full glory, images and all: http://miwsguild.blogspot.com.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Elaine Duncan's classes

The following are courses I am planning for this year 2012. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone whom you feel might be interested.

Learn to Weave Tapestry: May 22-25, 2012

Tapestry Weaving Inspired by Nature: June 12-15, 2012

Tapestry Weaving Inspired by the Zapotec Rug Weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico: July 10-13, 2012

Natural Dye Days: August 14 and 15, 2012

Indigo Dye Days: August 21 and 22, 2012

Tapestry Weaving, Exploring Materiality: September 25-28, 2012

Tapestry Weaving, Not for Beginners Only: October 23-26, 2012

For a complete description of the above classes, please visit my website: http://www.elaineduncan.com/classes/ . If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks very much,


Elaine Duncan Handweaving Studio

POBox 623,

1219 Dobson Road,

Errington, BC V0R 1V0




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Greater Vancouver Weavers & Spinners Guild Annual Memorial Lecture

Greater Vancouver Weavers & Spinners Guild
Annual Memorial Lecture 
Monday, March 5th, 2012
7:30 pm
Kanata Co-operative Community Building
7155 Blake Street, Vancouver, BC
Guest Speaker Judith MacKenzie presents "The Tinkuy Conference in the Sacred Valley of Peru"
Judith MacKenzie, has been a textile artist for the last 30 years. Her work appears in private and public collections. Judith teaches throughout North America, is a published author and regularly featured in Spin-Off Magazine.
In 2010, Judith was present when four hundred weavers of the Americas gathered in Urubamba, Peru, in the Sacred Valley near Cusco for Tinkuy de Tejedores.  Participants travelled from the Navajo Nation, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, and Peru for this unique textile conference.  Judith will transport us to Tinkuy de Tejedores both visually and through her experiences to this ground breaking event. 
Join us for light refreshments following the lecture. 
DRIVING DIRECTIONS (Visit Guild websitehttp://www.gvwsg.com/ for map and location of Hall)
From the east and north
Exit Highway 1 heading south on Boundary Road.  Continue south on Boundary, crossing 49th Avenue and turn right at Arbor Street - the first traffic light south of 49th Avenue.  Turn right at the “T” on Matheson Avenue and continue right, around a loop until the road straightens out.  On your right you will see a small parking lot beside the Community Building.  You can park in the lot or on street
From the west and south
Travel east along 49th Avenue to the corner of Tyne Street.  The Salvation Army has a building on the northeast corner of this intersection you can use as a marker.  Turn right down Tyne and continue past 54thAvenue.  At this point Tyne becomes Champlain Crescent.  Turn left at the second street on your left after 54thAvenue.  This is Blake Street.  The Community Building will be on your left about halfway up Blake with the parking lot adjacent to it.
This has been a Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild blog update. If you are reading this as an email, you should click here to see this item in its full glory, images and all: http://miwsguild.blogspot.com.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Fibre exhibit

I went to see this on Thursday and it is well worth seeing. Heather

TOSH Exhibition of Fabric Arts

11 Jan 2012

fabric artist credit: Kathy & Selby Saluke

The Old School House Arts Centre kicks off its twenty-fifth anniversary year with an exhibition of west coast fabric arts. Location: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Fabric art has had a long history in decorative as well as functional applications. Its wide spectrum ranges from needle arts to tapestries that were not only beautiful but also kept the castle walls warm.

Modern fabric arts also involve a wide array of technique and creations. TOSH’s exhibition will highlight tapestries, quilting and appliqué by wonderfully creative fabric artists who take the simplest of materials and create magic.

Several of the artists featured in this show work in groups, such as the Mid Island Surface Design group, whose members encourage each other as they develop their technique in the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fibre and fabric. This technique involves the creative exploration of processes such as dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting, and papermaking. Another participating group is the local tapestry making group, Tapis, that was formed in 1993 to bring Vancouver Island tapestry weavers together to share their enthusiasm for hand-woven tapestry, partake in group projects and exhibit their work. Many of the Tapis members are internationally known artists.

We are also featuring fabric artists who exhibit individually and live in various parts of Vancouver Island. Among these artists are Laine Canivet, Paulette Cornish, Donna-Fay Digance, Susan Duffield, Cecile Jacobs , Alison Kobylnyk, Susan Purney Mark, Ionne McCauley , Christine Rivers, Marianne Sadik, Kathy & Selby Saluke , Gillian Smith, Elserine Sprenger, Jens Von Draby and Coreen Zerr.

The exhibition runs from January 16 to February 18 with an opening reception on Wednesday, January 18 at 7pm. The reception is open to everyone and is an excellent opportunity to meet many of the artists. (writeup credit: TOSH)