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

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Peruvian Textiles Travels

Tapestry by Peruvian artist Maximo Laura
Brenda with some of her
Peruvian collection
Brenda Nicolson, from the Victoria Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild gave a wonderful talk on her travels in Peru.  Brenda was there for 21 days and took part in four different textile workshops. She brought back weavings, yarn, carved gourds, tapestries, felted hats, etc to show us and her slide show gave us a real feel for that part of the world.  Thanks Brenda!

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.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

tapestry in Ontario this summer

The Toronto Weaving School is a non profit organization dedicated to providing enriching learning experiences in weaving located at 255 Royal York Road near Lakeshore Blvd in Toronto. It is located close to buses, streetcars, subway and GO train. It offers intensive summer courses in weaving presently during the months of June and July. This years offering can be found at: http://weavingworkshops.blogspot.com/. It also offers year round weaving instruction from September to June. This summer, this is the course that is offered to tapestry weavers.

An intensive painting and design course for the tapestry weaver without art training.
Instructor: Line Dufour
June 18 - 22 10am to 4pm
255 Royal York Road, Toronto, On
$250. plus materials, $300 if you would like to include lunch.
Contact: Line Dufour tapestryline@sympatico.ca

Registrations must be done as soon as possible as the rooms must be booked and rented if there are enough registrants.

Toronto Weaving School is also accepting submissions from other weaving instructors in all kinds of weaving (including tapestry) for the summer program. Instructors are asked to please submit a cv, 10 digital images of their work and/or student work, a proposal for the course they would like to teach, an outline of the course of daily activiities and what they expect in terms of financial renumeration. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 15 and an assistant who is knowledgeable in weaving is provided. For more information please contact: Line Dufour, tapestryline@sympatico.ca or call 905 836 1321.

Line Dufour

Guild Photos

Heather Sinclair's tapestry
Guild photographs are available here:
2012 Guild photos and
2011 Guild photos

Friday, March 2, 2012

textile workshop

A residential workshop exploring a variety of weaving and surface-design techniques, in a secluded, family-run setting. Experience India's legendary monsoon season in a place with year-round mild temperatures on Kerala's green coast.
Techniques include handweaving, natural dyeing, shibori, multicolour batik, wood block printing, silk screen printing, felting, tie and dye, etc. Instruction will be provided 5 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Four-week residencies are offered during the workshop session which will run from 1 July (Sunday) to 15 August (Wednesday) 2012. The fee for a four-week residency will be 900 Euros per person, double occupancy, or 1200 Euros single occupancy. The fee covers tuition and basic workshop materials, accommodation in a spacious guest house, and all meals, including breakfast and dinner of south Indian cooking and self-catered lunch.
For more information and to register, please contact by March._26th. Confirmation of your registration by payment of 50% of the fee will be due by _30th April.
Registration is limited to 10 participants
Email: vasudevantasara@yahoo.com
Youtube: Tasara weaving centre
Skype: vasudevantasara1