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, September 22, 2013

October Program - Olds Fibre Week

Where does one go to learn more about weaving, spinning or even about judging a fleece show?  At the next scheduled MIWSGuild meeting one of our Guild members will talk about Olds College Fibre Week and in particular her experience in taking the Master Spinners Certificate Program.  Examples of the homework assignments will be shown. This is a 6 year program.  Do you have to be a titch obsessive about spinning to take this program or do sane people take it too? Find out on Oct. 2. 7 p.m. 
P.S.  Bring your show and tell items to share.
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Second Wednesday/First Fall Spin-in

YES!  It is fall and the Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild has started up again.  We held our first meeting and now it's time for our first fall spin-in.  Bring your wheel, or your spindle, or your knitting, or a friend...and don't forget something for show and tell.  Wednesday Sept 18th. 7 pm.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hostesses for 2013/14

October          Betty and Eva

November       Lynne and Fiona

December       Potluck

January           Crystal and Darlene

February         Joyce and another volunteer that wasnt present.

March             Anne and another volunteer

April               Autumn and Sheila

May                Heather and another  member??

June                Potluck at Anne's

Guild Programmes for 2013/14

Programmes for MIWSG 2013/14

October           Master Spinners Program (Liz)

November       Demo of Nuno Felting (Heather-Might have to change with May)

December       Potluck

January           Small peyote beading beginner project (Crystal)

February         Dying fabric with 'Sharpie' pens (Anne)

March             Coast Salish Wool Dog and Spinning (Liz)

April               Felting (Betty) AGM also

May                Maybe Margie?? about what she learned at ANWG conference

June                Pot Luck

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Darlene Booth had s shawl she had knit out of different yarns that was very nice.

Autumn had knit a shawl out of her own hand dyed and hand spun yarn.

Sheila , Autumn's Mum had also knit a shawl?

Crystal-was busy with the summer production at Chemainus

Lynne had the new Magazine Ply

Heather talked about the ANWG conference and my 1st prize in the felted clothing of the fashion show. Also brought some yarn bought at the conference.

Margo had a bog she had designed, a hat knit form a sweaters she had undone from her hand spun and a teddy bear blanket.

Tina knit a great pink skirt which she had a picture of.

Eva, Betty ,Jeannette and Anne had tells.

New member Joyce had bought a Lendrum spinning wheel and was learning to spin.

Minutes of the MIWS Guild September 4/13

Starting after 7pm we had 16 people present. Two guests included. Membership fees of
$20 were being taken by our treasurer Crystal.

Talked about hosting the next ANWG conference in 2015 or later and we discussed it and voted NO to hosting it.
Eva Ryan Made a motion to not host it and Jeannette Brooks seconded it.

We discussed getting in touch with Kathy McDonald to see if we want to host a learning event in the next few years. There is a $600 grant available to guilds who are members or ANWG.

Treasurer's report We have a little over 1000 in the account from the end of June. Didn’t get the full amount but someone can fill it in when we have it. The silent auction made $75 at our June pot luck.

Library news: Lynne Vanderlinde very generously is giving her copies of the new Ply magazine to the guild library. We also have two new issues of Handwoven

Now contact Karin at islandmoria@gmail.com
Liz asked if a lady who is in an old folks home who has had a stroke could use the guild table loom and have someone come and assist her to re learn weaving after a stroke.

Hostess List was passed around and so was the programme list which will be a separate attachment.

Eva moved we adjourn the meeting at 7:36 and Fiona seconded the motion.

Show and Tell
Forgot we ususally put names in a bag from show and tell and one gets a memebership free. We had a raffle prize which margo Turner won.

Liz Kaarrema showed her spun samples of all different animals and plant material including cat!
Fiona Ballard had suffered form pneumonia for part of the simmer so she wasn’t able to do much but knit. She had about nine beautiful items that she had knit Some phenomenal lace knit Shawls.
Claire Ballard, Fiona’s sister in law visiting from England / Ireland had lots to show. Some felted vessels and some great needle-felted tiny teddy bears and people.