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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wednesday Spin-in

Turkmen woman spinning wool with a
drop spindle.
 Photo from InternetRugs.
Yet another 3rd Wednesday Spin-in Mid Island Weavers and Spinners (and other FiBre fReAks) Guild is having another spin-in on April 18th, 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. Want to spin but don't know how? Come and learn, we have spindles you can try. Learn how to make your own yarn. The spin-in is free and open to anyone.
Location: St Paul's Church Hall, 100 Chapell Street, Nanaimo.  Map is here.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012



Learn to Weave Tapestry: May 22-25, 2012. Students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving: warping a loom; lines, diagonals, shapes. Copper pipe looms will be available for use. All yarns are provided. Cost: $175.00 plus HST.

Tapestry Weaving Inspired by Nature: June 12-15, 2012. Using nature as our inspiration each student will design and weave a small tapestry. Copper pipe looms will be available for use. All yarns are provided. Cost: $175.00 plus HST.

Tapestry Inspired by the Zapotec Weavers of Oaxaca: July 10-13, 2012. The geometric designs inspired by the ruins of Mitla and Monte Alban will be our inspiration for learning to weave tapestry or honing skills for more advanced weavers. Natural dyed wool yarns and portable copper pipe looms will be provided. Image presentations daily. Cost: $200.00 plus HST.

Tapestry Weaving: Exploring materiality to express your ideas in tapestry. September 25-28, 2012. Each student will weave a sample or small tapestry using wools, cottons, silks, linens, textured and shiny yarns. Portable copper pipe looms will be provided as well as yarns. Cost: $200.00 plus HST.

Tapestry Weaving: Not for Beginners Only. October 23-26, 2012. This course is designed for students who would like more individualized instruction. Students will bring tapestries they are currently weaving or they may bring ideas for future tapestries. Each student will need to identify their own goals for the class. Students supply their own materials and looms. Cost: $175.00 plus HST.

The courses are held either at the Bradley Centre in Coombs, BC or at Elaine's home/studio in Errington. Participants need to bring their own bag lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

Contact Elaine: email: elaine@elaineduncan.com or phone: 250-248-1270 or visit her website: www.elaineduncan.com for more information.