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

Friday, December 12, 2014

DreamSpin 2015

Spin spin spin spin! All day, all night.

DreamSpin 2015 details are out.  Here's a link to the webpage with details and a registration form: DreamSpin 2015.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tapestry Weaving Course

I have just organized Archie and Susan's 4 day session here at the cabin. Limited to 10 people each session.
A special house has been rented for the nights for you and we will have the great Sarah Auker
available to cook for us our main dinners.
Two separate sessions are set for April 23,24,25.26 first session
April 30 May 1,2 and 3 2nd session
Cost is $560.00
This includes all loom use,materials,and dinners..and house.
Transportation available from Portland as needed. Pick up from airport can be arranged too.
If coming a day early or staying in Portland to see the sights a place for you at the Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast can be booked. You must book it through me for your time as they give me a really special discount.This is an extra expense that will be figured as the time nears.
I have contacted you all first before the info goes to the ATA ad and listing in the ATA directory.. and to the other Divines as you are all in a special study group!
Many of the later in the year retreats are also arranged…mostly influenced by our dear Laurie who will be out here for the Focus on Book Arts event in June.
June 19,20,21 $350.00
July five day retreat  the 22,23,24,25,26th   $450.oo
August 14,15,16,17,18th $450

Isn't this great?
Love from Pam

Minutes for the meeting of the Guild

Minutes for the meeting of the Guild December 3/2014

We did not have show and tell-we had Pot luck so had lots of food to eat.

We started at 6 with the pot luck and then at 7pm:

Kathy McDonald and Anne Fiddick conducted a discussion on our Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild Sale which is to Be Saturday March 21/ 2015
at the Cedar Community Hall 9:30 to 3:30
Some discussion on ending at 3?

It will cost us $150 Anne made the motion to spend the $150 for the hall and Crystal seconded it.

The tables will be $30 and non refundable.

Set up time 8 am and open at 9:30 We had a motion to go until 2pm. Betty made the motion and Julie seconded it.

We may have the quilt batts from Birkland Brothers. If we do we will have them at the sale and have a silent auction with sealed bids. Minimum bid $25. Highest bid gets it. Kathy made the motion for having a sealed bid and Crystal seconded it.

The Guild will have two tables-one for information and for the batts and the other will be for a Guild table that will take commission on what we sell.

We had a discussion about it being open to all or otherwise fibre related. I think we decided that as longs people knew that it was fibre related and the customers would be fibre related people it was okay.

We will need at least two tables for food. Guild members can provide the goodies.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christmas potluck dinner

[Photo by Judy Alexander]From Fiber Fabrications
The Mid Island Weavers and Spinners december meeting is our annual potluck dinner.  Bring a surprise potluck item for the buffet table.  Also bring something for the silent auction.  6 pm at St Peter's Church Hall.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Spin-in Wed 7 pm Nov 19th

Phot from the Joy of Handspinning web site

It's the third Wednesday of the month!  This summer weather (well, it was sunny) has us all relaxing and the third Wednesday snuck up on me. Apologies for such a late posting.  Bring your wheel, or your spindle, or your knitting, or a friend...and don't forget something for show and tell.  Wednesday Nov 19th. 7 pm.  Open to anyone.  Not a spinner (yet) bring your knitting.
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Minutes of the November Meeting


Called to order at 7:05
Attendance: Jeanette, Joyce, Isobel, Crystal, Jeannette (acting secretary) Fiona, Anne, Lynne, Sharon, Kathy, Margo, Liz, Julie, Pat.
Guests: Carol Ranger
Library Report: new handwoven magazine has arrived.

Old Business: Anne has tentatively booked the Cedar Hall for the 2015 MIWSG yarn/equipment sale. Fiona has booked the Nanaimo Credit Union traveling bank van. The hall rental will be 250.00, however Anne is working on getting that figure reduced. No deposit has been given yet.
New Business: Margo has given the hall key to Liz. (that makes Liz and Lynne with hall keys)
ANWG Conference June 2017 sponsored by the Victoria Weavers Guild. Discussion started with regards to MIWSG having a booth . Treadle Lightly is the theme.
Dreamspin information has been sent out. February 13-15, 2015. Cost will be the same as last year. (269.00 - 289.00 depending on accommodation choice)
Vancouver Weavers + Spinners Alaska cruise May 30, 2015. Check with Lynne for more information.
MIWSG received an offer of a free Dorothy table loom. The offer has since been rescinded.
MIWSG made two $120.00 pledges to Birkland Brothers in Abbotsford for help covering the refurbishment of their antique wool carder. In return we will be receiving two 5# wool queen size quilt batts. MIWSG will put these batts up for silent auction or sell them at the fibre/equipment sale, to recover some of the costs.

7:35 motion to adjourn by Joyce, seconded by Crystal
Meeting was followed by refreshments and an informative instructional talk/ hands on display given by Julie on how she makes the absolutely beautiful shawl pins and sheep magnets . Julie kindly left everyone with a hand out for all of us DIY experts.
Our thanks to Julie for such a wonderful program.

Show and Tell:

Kathy: bulky spun yarn
Jeanette: slouch hat, green lace shawl, handspun/knitted child’s poncho
Lynne: handwoven tea towels
Pat: bee stitch shrug
Fiona: 3 knit cowels, bias mesh scarf, drop stitch shawl, 2 toques, blue knit shawl, 4 needle bags
Jeannette: baby whale knit sweater, gray knit sweater
Julie: shawl pins, sheep magnets, sheep pins
Liz: will be giving a talk about Coast Salish blankets at the Florence Filberg Centre March 27-29, 2015 See Liz for more details. Liz will also be sending out information for the LaConner Textile Museum

Monday, November 3, 2014

Meeting November 5th

Our regular meeting is Novemember 5 at 7 pm
the Programme is Julie Gettings demonstrating making a shawl pin.
Hostesses for this night are Autumn and Lynne

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Looking for a loom

Looking for a Loom

by karemill2010
I am looking for a loom such as the Glimakra 36-45” and with a 2” sectional (and 1 yard extension) if possible. Seems to be the best type of loom for my long legs Smile
Trish Moon
Exclusive dyer of Indigo Moon artisan dyed yarns
Rich, bold, beautiful colours...positively West Coast!

Computerized Loom for sale

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Monday, October 20, 2014

ANWG Conference 2017 in Victoria

Treadle Lightly 2017           ANWG Northwest Weavers' Conference                                                                                                                   
Oct.  2014
Victoria Inner Harbour

ANWG Conference 2017
Treadle Lightly Victoria B.C.
Here's what we know now:
The Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds is sponsoring the next conference in Victoria. The primary host will be the Victoria Handweavers' and Spinners' Guild.
The dates for ANWG Conference are set for June 28th to July 2nd 2017 in Victoria B.C. Canada.. The conference will be taking place at the University of Victoria. We live on an island with 3 different ferry routes to take you to Victoria. When traveling by land be sure to have the correct picture ID and identification for crossing the border. If you are flying into Victoria you will need a passport.  The airport code is YYJ.
The theme "Treadle Lightly" represents being aware of our environment and making greener choices. We have approved the Logo design and have chosen the conference colours. The colours are blue, yellow, orange, purple, pink, green and grey. Thanks to our graphic artist Jeff Werner,  we have lots of colour and potential design elements to chose from. Have fun with them!
The website is up and running. It will be continually mananged and edited so please keep coming back. This will give us a better rating in the search engines. anwgconference2017.com
The conference will include:
Pre Conference 3 day workshops- Wednesday to Friday June 28th to June 30th  
Welcome and Dessert Reception and a Shop 'till you Drop in the Market Hall. Friday June 30th
1/2 day and full day seminars- Saturday and Sunday. July 1st and 2nd
Fashion Show- Saturday. July 1st
Banquet and Keynote Speaker- Sunday July 2nd
We are looking forward to hosting the next ANWG Conference.
We are in the process of looking for instructors for these classes. If you are interested in teaching please contact anwgconference@gmail.com
We are looking forward to hosting the next ANWG Conference in our city.

Saturday is Canada Day and our 150th Birthday. there will be celebrations going on all day downtown and fireworks on the inner Harbour after sunset.
If you have a blog please consider a mention or a link to our website.
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dont forget the fleece and fibre Festival this weekend

Fw: Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Festival

by karemill2010
Hello everyone:
I am sending this email,to ask you to let your Guild members (and anyone else who might be interested). know about the Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Festival . It will be held on Oct 25th at the Cobble hill Fairgrounds, from 10am to 4pm. Hope to see you there!!
Thank you, Kathy McDonald
October 25th 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Cobble Hill Community Hall & Fair Grounds
Interested in getting involved?
​​If you are interested in particiapting in the Fleece and Fibre Festival, just let us know!​
Phone: 250 597 0820 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 250 597 0820 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: leolawitt@gmail.com

TOSH 2014

by karemill2010
The attachment is the invitation to our exhibition at TOSH. It features David’s scarf. If you would like to invite your friends to the exhibit you can copy the file and send it to them or print it out.
tosh flyer 2014

Spinning/Weaving Retreat 2015 in Powell River

by karemill2010
The URL for this retreat has changed. The new URL is:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Minutes of October 1st meeting

We had no programme as no one had volunteered to do one so had a great show and tell.
Fifteen people present and nice to see some that hadn’t been in a long time.

Knit Scene in Vancouver this weekend had 3 members going.

Old business
Our every second year Fibre Stash sale is March 21st next year. Since the hall will not be available. as it is being re built .the sale will be at the Cedar Hall.

Fiona is going to look into the Coastal Community Credit Union portable ATM machine to have on site at the sale.

Vancouver Guild has a free lecture on October 16th- one could get details from their site.

ANWG (Association of North West Weavers) is looking fore help for the Conference to be held in Victoria in June 2017

New Business
Eleventh annual Dream Spin is going to be held at Cowichan Lake again this February 13,14,15th More information to come or email Jeanette Roberts.

We need to get more tea etc. Treasurer wasn’t there to give the tea money to. We used to get money from the raffle. I have bought something for next months raffle.

Lots of great show and tell but I did not take notes this time. Anne Fiddick is involved with a Country Christmas Sale November 22 at 2745 Munroe Road near the millstone River Bridge from 10 am to 3pm in the barn.

Hostesses for the rest of the year.
November- Autumn and Lynne
December- pot luck
January-Crystal and Joyce
February-Sharon Fiona and Debbie
March-Kathy and Isabel
May- Betty and Jeannette B.

November- Julie doing Shawl pins
December- pot luck
January-need volunteer
February-need volunteer
March-Liz- Salish Spinning
April-need someone
May-need someone

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Minutes for the meeting September 2014

September 3rd 2014 Minutes of the Mid Island Guild

15 people in attendance. We had a Guest Debbie, a basket weaver from Spokane Washington who has recently moved to Nanaimo.

Library has a new book called Knitting Without Tears and we also have Maiwa's catalogue for next years up coming courses.

Treasure's report from Chrystal accepted

We are now with the Coastal Community Credit Union and Lynne, Kathy and Crystal are the signers.

The Hall we rent is being re built and so we have to have everything finished for use by the end of February 2015. Our Stash reduction Sale which we will be having March 21st of 2015-needing a different location in the area if possible.

Hostesses for the following meeting have been signed up as follows:
October-Darlene and Heather
January- no one signed up
February- Sharon M.
March Kathy M.
April-Julie G.
May-Betty T. And Jeannette B.
June-Pot Luck Anne F.

Programmes (we need some more help here)

November-Julie G. Polymer pins for shawls
December-pot luck
March=Liz HK-Salish spinning
June-pot luck

Show and Tell

Sharon-towels and pillow of hand woven and wedding pictures
Kathy-Cornsilk and Alpaca combination dyed a beautiful lavender
Debbie -socks
Pat- Sweater and Hat
Darlene carriage cover using leftover yarns
Autumn-kumihimo bracelets
Liz -thigh spinning
Heather -Shibori and wine glass holder
Anne F.- Quiviet
Jeannette B.-warm grey shawl and button scarf(something unreadable in my notes!) and bag made by Fiona with sheep on it
Chrystal-cat ass coasters!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lots of things for sale

As I am unable to spin or weave any longer I have a wide variety of things for sale: weaving yarns, yarns that I used for making art yarn. I also have some spinning fibres and a whole lot of dyes. I have a warping mill by LeClerc, odds and ends of shuttles including 2 wooden Schacht boat shuttles and bobbins. I also have a bunch of handwoven etc magazines and books on spinning, weaving and knitting. And I’m sure I’ve forgotten something I haven’t yet found. I am open to any reasonable offer, if interested in any or all please give me a call at 250-248-0678 or email me at sueze@shaw.ca
Thanks for reading this Sandra Massey

Meeting at 7 pm September 3rd

Our first meeting this year will be at 7pm at St. Paul's Church hall on Church street. Organizing for the next year.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

World Wide Knit In Public Day

World Wide Knit In Public Day takes place June 14-June 22 this year. Now, you might think, “Why do I need a holiday to knit (or crochet) in public?” The reason is that in many peoples’ brains, knitting  and crocheting still reside in a section labeled “old fashioned.” Believe it or not, 10-15 years ago, people were actually ridiculed for pulling out their yarn, needles and hooks in public and they hesitated to do it.
We’ve come a long way. But we’re not there yet.  I was knitting at an airport a couple of weeks ago and a man watching intently spoke up after a while and said, “I haven’t seen anyone do that since my grandmother.”  The man was in his 60s! I wanted to ask him where he’s been but obviously, he hasn’t been anywhere where he has seen people who don’t look old fashioned knitting or crocheting in public.
That’s where you come in.  Make your presence known. Promote your hobby on the train, the subway, the airport, the doctor’s office, the beach, the park,  the hockey game, the local coffee shop or bar. You know how great it is that you have this craft.  It helps you relax. It offers you the opportunity to give meaningful gifts. It allows you to be creative and productive in a tangible way.  Go out. Knit in public.  People will talk to you and you’ll have an opportunity to tell them what they’re missing.
Visit World Wide Knit (&Crochet) In Public Day’s Facebook page to find or lead a group and use the hashtag #wwkipday to find information and share images and info about knitting in public.
Then, let us know how it goes.  We’d love to hear your stories!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

June Guild Meeting-Potluck

[Photo] Past president Anne Fiddick in her B+B kitchen. 
Join us for the Guild's annual potluck dinner. This year Anne Fiddick has graciously offered to host it at the beautiful (the view is to die for) Fiddick Farm B+B. check their website for directions. Wed, June 4th. 6pm. Bring a potluck and any items for a silent auction and for show and tell.
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Reminder that we meet at 7 pm the third Wednesday of the month for spinning which is May 21st  Newcomers welcome.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Annual Show and Share Reminder

by karemill2010
Just a reminder to please remind your members of our annual show and share at the Bradley Centre, Thursday, May 29th at 7 pm. This year it is hosted by the Nanoose Weavers and Spinners Guild. We will be acting on the suggestions of the questionnaire from last fall: Keep it Simple. This means no large tables set up; tea, coffee and cookies only; show and tell limit to 3 items per person; and lots of time for talking and conversation. We hope to see lots of people attend.
Thanks, Elaine
Elaine Duncan Handweaving Studio
PO Box 623,
1219 Dobson Road,
Errington, BC V0R 1V0

Monday, May 12, 2014

Loom for sale

Loom for Sale

by karemill2010
Woolhouse Gertrude Loom for sale 58” 4 shaft 2” sectional $1500 in excellent condition.
please visit this link for more details.
Thank you
Trish Moon
Exclusive dyer of Indigo Moon artisan dyed yarns
Rich, bold, beautiful colours...positively West Coast!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Guild Meeting this Wednesday May 7th

Reminder meeting at 7 pm Program is Autumn showing beading. Should be lots of show and tell from the spinning workshop.

Monday, April 28, 2014

upcoming spinning classes

April 17, 2014

Hello, Spinners,

Is your spinning “like a brick wall with a few bricks missing”? That’s what an enthusiastic participant in Linda Raven’s first class said about her spinning before taking Spinning Beyond the Basics earlier this year.
Due to popular demand, Linda has agreed to teach Spinning Beyond the Basics again this spring. In this 10 hour course, you’ll find an opportunity to extend your spinning knowledge and skills.

A limited number of 6 participants can attend, so plan early to attend.

Dates:  Wed. May 28, Wed. June 4, Sat. June 7 and Wed. June 11.

Times: 10:30 am to 1 pm

Location: Guild loft, Qualicum train station

What you’ll learn:

  • A Brief History of Spinning
  • Towards Understanding Your Wheel
  • Classic Spinning Methods: worsted, semi-worsted, woollen, semi-woolen
  • Fibre Preparations for the above techniques
  • Finishing techniques for the methods above
  • Plying tips and techniques: 2 ply, 3 ply, Navajo ply, cabled yarn

Cost: QWSG members: $45 for four sessions  plus $20 for materials. Total: $65
         Non-members:      $65 for four sessions plus $20 for materials. Total: $85

How to register:
1. Contact either Linda Raven at lraven49@shaw.ca or call 778-424-1001 or Jackie Worboys at jworboys@shaw.ca or call 250-752-5568 to confirm your attendance and provide contact information.

2. Mail or drop a cheque payable to QWSG for either $65 (QWSG members) or $85 (non-members) to Jackie Worboys as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.

3. Pass the word. Invite your friends, and come for a unique learning experience. We look forward to seeing you.

5. Cancellation policy: If you cannot attend, find someone to take your place. Your money cannot be refunded after May 15th unless the workshop is cancelled.

Coming Soon:
Step into the World of Silk,

a one day workshop
with Linda Raven in the autumn of 2014!
Stay tuned.

Jackie Worboys, 754 Kensington Place, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2K3 jworboys@shaw.ca 250-752-5568
Spinning Beyond the Basics 2 April 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spin-in this Wednesday April 16.

It's the third Wednesday of the month!  This summer weather has us all relaxing and the third Wednesday snuck up on me. Apologies for such a late posting.  Bring your wheel, or your spindle, or your knitting, or a friend...and don't forget something for show and tell.  Wednesday April 16th. 7 pm.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

MIWS Guild April 2nd 2014

Minutes of the MIWS Guild meeting April 2nd 2014

Treasurers report for this year accepted as read by Lynne Vander Linde and seconded by Sharon McGarrigle

Motion Made by Kathy McDonald and seconded by Lynne Vander Linde
Decided to donate $100 in Eva Ryan’s memory to the Heart and Stroke

Karin Jacobson was thanked for her stint of being chairman for the guild.

We had a new member through the Blog who wants to take the Colour in Spinning workshop. Her name is Damaris Oakley

It was out AGM so next years slate is:
President Lynne Vander Linde
Secretary Heather Sinclair
Treasurer /Crystal Hanson (I hope I got that right as I don't have a current membership list)
Librarian-Margo Turner

The guild is doing a demonstration at 1pm April 15th More volunteers needed at Lakeside Gardens

The knitters Loom is at Anne Fiddick's

Colour Control in Spinning Workshop 28th and 27th is being held at The Country Grocer on Bowen Road.
9-4 pm with a half hour for lunch. Since Saturday is customer appreciation day come early to the /Bowen Road side.

Library books -two donated
Knitting lace by Barbara Abbey and a Vogue-Mittens and Gloves

Website of Maiwa Blog=www.maiwahandprintsblogspot.com
Talked about a dye day in the summer with Cheryl Weibe on Saltspring Island

Show and Tell( correct me if I missed anything)
Kathy McDonald- Cotton blankets woven different greens and blues
Crystal brought samples of yarn for sale on cones
Karin- handspun shrug knit with lace sleeves
Jeannette Brooks socks and dishcloths-knit
Heather -scarf with the yarn left on the knitters loom when i got it and I posted what I did on the knitters loom
Fiona-camel and silk shawl with beads
3 hats and another shoulder cozy and cowl and shawl with beads-very productive.

Next programme is Margie's slides and hostesses are Heather and another volunteer

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Colour Control in Spinning Workshop

New dates:
April 26 +27
Photo and yarn by Deborah
who spins while doing yoga!
check her blog: Heart like a wheel
Colour Control in Spinning

Tired of getting mud when you spin multicoloured roving? Sometimes you might get a pleasant surprise but wouldn't it be much more satisfying to spin with confidence that your finished yarn will be exactly what you want? After working with various combinations of colours and spinning techniques, you will begin to find your stride.
Chain [Navajo] plying, striated roving, painted roving, sprinkle dyed roving will be just some of what will be explored.

Only 4 spaces left! The guild is hosting another spinning workshop Colour Control in Spinning by Cheryl Wiebe. $90 for Guild members with $50 deposit due at the Apr 2nd Guild meeting, $120 for non-members. Space is limited and priority goes to Guild Members. To register contact Kathy cedarweaver@gmail.com

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Upcoming meeting March 5th

Programme was to be   Coast Salish Wool Dog and Spinning (Liz)So I know Liz wont be there I could talk about Nuno felting? Hostesses were Anne F and a volunteer and Anne wont be there so hopefully someone will do that.
Next month is the AGM and felting with Betty.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Spinning night

Reminder that Spinning is Wednesday Feb 19th at 7pm

ANWG Conference in Victoria in 2017

ANWG Conference 2017 in Victoria

> The Victoria Handweavers' and Spinners' Guild is joining with ANWG to host the 2017 ANWG Conference at the University of Victoria, June 26 to July 2nd, 2017.
> We have put together the core of a planning committee and are looking for additional volunteers to help with the process over the next 3 1/2 years. In this world of internet communication, if should be possible for us to work together over the internet. If a guild or individual guild members would like to help, we would love to include them. Some areas we need help include companion activities, juried shows, instructor selection and publicity.
> We are looking for suggestions for a conference name/theme. As the name/theme is central to our planning, we would ask that all suggestions should be emailed by April 1st, 2014.
> We are also collecting suggestions for both instructors and vendors. Suggest yourself or someone else. There is a lot of talent on this island.
> Please email all questions and/or suggestions to Christine at weaverbird@telus.net.
> Thank you
> Christine Purse
> ANWG Conference 2017 Planning Committee Chair