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, 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