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, November 30, 2015

December Potluck

The December Potluck is coming up! It will be held in the usual meeting location at 6:30 pm. Please remember to bring your own cutlery and napkins. Don't bring any foods that need reheating, as there is no oven.
Do not bring anything with sesame seeds or peanuts.
There will also be a silents auction. Feel free to bring fibre stuff or household objects.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fibre Sale

HUGE YARN, FIBRE, BOOK AND EQUIPMENT SALE
45% - 70% OFF

KAREN SELK AND SUSAN BROWN

Over 200 lb of Amazing high quality yarns lovingly collected over 45 years

LINENS, COTTOLINS, MERCERIZED COTTONS, WOOLS, MOHAIR, ANGORA, SILKS, BOOKS & SOME EQUIPMENT

SATURDAY, OCT 17, 2015
9:30 – 4:00
SALT SPRING ISLAND AT KAREN’S HOUSE
501 MUSGRAVE RD. – karenselk@yahoo.com
PHONE OR EMAIL FOR EASY DIRECTIONS 250 653 4958

When you come you will find treasures and exotics for everyone such as: waxed linen, premium mercerized cottons, vegetable dyed Peruvian alpaca, shifu, angora, corded and knit yarns and much more.  As we move in other directions, we want to pass along the riches. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

dont forget next weekend

5th. Annual 100 MILE FLEECE & FIBRE FAIR
Hosted by the Bradley Centre Thursday Spinners
Sunday, May 31, 2015
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Road , Coombs BC
Join us for a day of all things fibre:
fleece for spinning (wool, alpaca, mohair, etc,) yarn, accessories and activities
Admission is Free
Door Prizes
Food Concession
Spinning Circle: Observe spinners in action and maybe try your hand at spinning
For more information contact : Nancy Tait , email: joyfulimages@shaw.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MIWSGuild May 6th 2015

Minutes of the AGM for the MIWS Guild May 6th 2015
There were eight people present in our new location. Crystal presented her treasurers report and it was accepted as written.

Jeannette Brooks moved that our fiscal year should coincide with the calendar year. Jan 31st – December 31st.Dues, due January 2016. We would hold the AGM in November. This year would be a grace period only until January 2016. Anne Fiddick seconded the motion and all were in favour.

So you membership is payable in January of 2016.

We had a report on the Fibre exchange and made a profit of $493.90. Debbie moved that we move to accept the report.

Old Business

In September bring slippers or socks for thew Tread Lightly conference in 2017. Do them in the colours that Pat Zogar gave us information on. Autumn is going to make the steps.

Alison Irwin hasn’t figured out about the paper weaving for the conference yet.
Jeanette Brooks was taking a cedar tree down and lead by Debbie people went to get strips of cedar bark for basket weaving. Debbie is going to do a cedar weaving basketry class. Talked about the Tzouhalem guild Sheep to shawl.
Talked about demonstrating at the VIX

Save Country Grocer receipts-Couldn’t remember why?

There were some metal heddles left over from Eva's loom. Betty has them-should they go to Gabriola since they have the loom they fit on?
Our Election Slate for next year
President Lynne Vander Linde
Vice President Betty Tufnail
Secretary Heather Sinclair
Treasurer Crystal Hanson
Librarian Margo Turner

September I will need someone else to do the minutes as I wont be there.

Pot Luck June 3rd
Fiddick's Farm BB
1431 Ivor Road
Cedar-by-the-Sea
Nanaimo BC V9X 1P7
phone 250-722-2507
cell 250-619-8003


Show and Tell

Crystal-socks
Autumn-making catapults
Liz-got a great deal on a Dorothy loom-Reminded us of the 100 mile fibre fair on May 31st
Jeannette Brooks-socks?
Anne has 12 harness Dorothy for sale
Betty is moving
Lynne told us about Iron Oxide the Art store had something Friday and Saturday night-small gesture?
Debbie showed rocks that she and Sharon Cameron are collecting and have for sale in the Artisans Studio.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Free lecture

Some of you know I am doing a workshop with Joan Baxter-tapestry weaver
 
 
There will be a lecture with Joan Baxter on Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 pm at the Quality Inn Resort/Bayside, Parksville Joan Baxter’s lecture is titled:  “Landscapes of Inspiration and Imagination”  approx one hour long.  No cost.  If anyone would like to attend, if they could email , elaine@elaineduncan.com  so she will  make sure we have enough chairs. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Minutes of the April 1st meeting

Minutes of the MIWS Guild April 1st Better late than not.

16 people present We had one guest Jennifer visiting Joyce from Ottawa



Discussion on The library-which we currently don’t have a location for so we are not renewing Handwoven as we can get DVD's of a year later on sale for our library.

Books that weren’t bought that we decided not to keep were taken to the Sally Anne.




Old Business Autumn is going to make the steps for our booth for the







and Jeannette Roberts suggested we start producing things for it in the colours of the conference and then we decide what to put in the display.



We had a discussion on the Workshop on Coast Salish knitting and Liz was to contact the book publisher & organize the Coast Salish Knitting workshop for either May or in the fall


Jeanette Roberts talked about the Steven Lewis Foundation Grandmothers group that make items to sell for the Grandmothers that are bring up grandchildren because their parents have died of Aids.
Betty moved that we have a speaker and Liz seconded it. I think this was to do with the Steven Lewis Foundation But not sure?

Lynn adjourned the meeting and maybe the Betty moved we adjourn and Liz seconded it?
I did not record show and tell this time-or if I did They are gone!Thank you to Jeanette Roberts for the stash busters sale

The Magmatic Boom was the shawl Jennifer was wearing.  It is a variation of the Magmatic Shawl Joyce brought in in the fall, both designed by Laura Nelkin.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ANWG Display

A potential color and age scheme was suggested at a previous meeting. Nothing was finalized, however, if anyone wants to use the suggestions as a reference, here it is.

Serene Seniors
Reliable Retirees
Willing Workers
Patient Parents
Trendy Teens
Cheerful Children
Beautiful Babies

Friday, April 17, 2015

Okanogan Valley Fibre Festival

Begin forwarded message:

Subject: Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival -update
Good Morning Fiber Enthusiasts!

Spring has arrived, lambs, crias and kids are being born daily, and we are exactly 2 months away from the Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival.  It's a very busy time of year, but we hope that you will take some time out to come and visit us at the Agriplex on May 30-31, and experience the beautiful Okanogan Valley in all it's springtime glory.

This is just a reminder that we still have some spaces left in our workshops, and if you sign up before the end of April, you can take advantage of the early bird discount.  Also, we now have all the details on the fleece grading and sorting up on our web site.  We are particularly excited about this part of our event, as it is the first time that we know of that a regional sort (fleece sorting and grading) has been done in a fiber festival setting.  This is an opportunity for anyone who raises fiber animals (sheep, alpaca, goat or rabbit) to have their fleeces professionally evaluated, with the opportunity to sell them on site.  In order to be as efficient as possible, we are require pre-registration for fleeces to guarantee evaluation.  Last minute fleeces will only be done if there is time.  All the information is on our web site: www.okfiberfest.org.

We will be contacting you again with more updates on the Festival, and our web site is updated frequently.  Please check it out, make your plans now, and forward this message to all of your fiber-loving friends!

Sincerely,
the OVFA planning crew

P.S. For all you Facebook users out there, we have an event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/741292199300950/

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New location

The church is undergoing renovations So for the next year or so, Guild meetings will be next door at 80 Chapel St..

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Okanogan Fibre Event

Good Morning Fiber Enthusiasts!

Spring has arrived, lambs, crias and kids are being born daily, and we are exactly 2 months away from the Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival.  It's a very busy time of year, but we hope that you will take some time out to come and visit us at the Agriplex on May 30-31, and experience the beautiful Okanogan Valley in all it's springtime glory.

This is just a reminder that we still have some spaces left in our workshops, and if you sign up before the end of April, you can take advantage of the early bird discount.  Also, we now have all the details on the fleece grading and sorting up on our web site.  We are particularly excited about this part of our event, as it is the first time that we know of that a regional sort (fleece sorting and grading) has been done in a fiber festival setting.  This is an opportunity for anyone who raises fiber animals (sheep, alpaca, goat or rabbit) to have their fleeces professionally evaluated, with the opportunity to sell them on site.  In order to be as efficient as possible, we are require pre-registration for fleeces to guarantee evaluation.  Last minute fleeces will only be done if there is time.  All the information is on our web site: www.okfiberfest.org.

We will be contacting you again with more updates on the Festival, and our web site is updated frequently.  Please check it out, make your plans now, and forward this message to all of your fiber-loving friends!

Sincerely,
the OVFA planning crew

P.S. For all you Facebook users out there, we have an event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/741292199300950/
Let us know if you're coming, and share with other Facebook friends.

Friday, April 3, 2015

WORKSHOPS IN QUALICUM

The Qualicum Weavers and Spinners Guild along with a grant from ANWG is sponsoring the following weekend with Robyn Spady from the Seattle area. Check out her website. You are invited to join us for all or some of the following.

Workshop June 6 and 7

Extreme Warp Makeover
Hate to warp but love to weave? Want more versatility from a single warp? This is the workshop for you. You will warp your own loom with a 2/8 cotton and your choice of one of three four-shaft threading. You will perform an extreme makeover and weave it many different ways… from twill, lace, overshot to swivel, corduroy, deflected weft, and double-faced. At the same time, you will be presented with the basics of different structures and taught how to adapt a single threading to weave a number of different weaves, including concepts such as star vs. rose fashion, weaving on opposites, and echo treadling. Four shaft looms required. Not a round-robin workshop. Beginner to Advance

Workshop cost $150.00. Location: Lighthouse Community Hall in Qualicum Bay. Time 9:00-4:00. Cost includes a booklet with all three threadings. There are a few places left in this workshop. For more information or to register please contact me. lraven49@shaw.ca 778-424-1001.

Seminars will be offered Friday June 5
Each individual seminar will be $15.00 –sign up for as many as you like. Registration is open.

1. Taming of the Hue – Techniques for the color challenged
Does incorporating more color into your projects appeal to you, but leaves you feeling a little intimidated at the same time? Do you long to break out of a color rut? If so, you are not alone! In this seminar, a variety of tools and techniques will be covered to assist you in exploring different ways of incorporating color into your projects and give you more confidence in discovering new color horizons. Tentative time 10:00-12:00



2. One Shuttle Wonders
Do you enjoy the ease and simplicity of weaving with one shuttle? Are you looking for some new ideas and patterns? From four shafts to sixteen or more, there are many ways to weave fabulous fabrics that only require a single shuttle. Tentative time. 1:00-2:30

3. Weaving TNT: Dynamite Tips n Techniques for Every Weaver

Would you like to learn a great method for repairing a broken warp end, tracking your treadling while you weave, making your own repair heddles, or just make weaving easier and more pleasurable? This “prop-riddled” seminar looks and feels like an interactive show-and-tell and will introduce over 36 offbeat tools, techniques, or tricks to assist weavers in all phases of weaving. Tentative time 3:00-4:30
Evening Seminar June 6
Intermediate to Advanced Weavers

4. There are Two Sides to Every Cloth
All cloth has two sides, so why not make them as distinct and interesting as possible, even completely different? On as few as three shafts, it’s possible to weave versatile fabric that possesses a completely different appearance on each side. This round-robin style workshop will be adapted and offered as a seminar. You will be presented with numerous ways to achieve cloth with two different sides, including double-faced twills, double faced overshot, and stitched double cloth. Tentative time 6:30-8:30

Please pass this information along to anyone you know who might be interested. Thanks Linda Raven lraven49@shaw.ca 778-424-1001

Monday, March 30, 2015

Meeting April 1st

Regular meeting at 7 pm at the church hall. We may have a speaker. Meeting for those who want to join us at 5:30 for dinner at the Station Street Pub on Skinner street near the hall at 5:30. Julie is the hostess signed up but hope someone will volunteer to help her.                        

ANWG CONFERENCE

Treadle Lightly 2017                              ANWG conference email updates.                                  March  2015
                                                                                                                                     University of Victoria Grounds

ANWG Conference 2017
Treadle Lightly Victoria B.C.
We are moving ahead.
The dates for ANWG NW Weavers' 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 have added some more information to the ANWG website. The Invitation to Instructors for submission of Workshops and/or Seminars is online. There is information regarding the Process of Selection for Instructors and the online forms for Instructors to fill in. The deadline for each proposal is June 30th 2015. If you know of any Instructors that you would like to see at our Conference please pass this information along. Instructors having any questions can contact
Workshops Coordinator.  Please visit our website at www.anwgconference2017.com.
There is now more information regarding the Fashion Show, Juried Show and Open Show. Requirements for entering your article are now online. The categories are now available to view. Categories include  weaving, spinning, basketry or containers, dyeing, saori weaving and felting.
We are accumulating a list of Vendors. Please contact Vendors Coordinator, if you are interested in being a vendor.
 
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We will be providing you with some links to places to see while visiting our city. I recommend the Royal British Columbia Museum.  royalbcmusuem.
Butchart Gardens will be in full bloom in June and July butchartgardens.
If you would like to stay at a hotel during the conference, there are several good places. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is about a 15 minute drive from the University. There is also the Howard Johnson Hotel on Elk Lake Dr. also about a 15 minute drive to the University.
 

To the ANWG reps: If you would like to share or forward this newsletter in this format, you can send to a friend . The link is in the footer.  When you do this your friend can add their email address  to the data base for future newsletters.
Prairie Escallier is our Guild Liaison for the Conference. She is looking for a Guild to weave material for buttons, to be used to make the name tags. She is also looking for a Guild to weave approximately 50 ribbons. We will provide the materials and consultation, as well as the pattern. If your Guild is interested in this project please contact Prairie at Guild Liaison.
 
 
If you have a blog please consider advertising the ANWG Conference and provide a link to the website. Thank-you.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

emptying library

Since the hall is being rebuilt we need to get all our library books out of the hall tomorrow night so please come and help and store some books for us. Wednesday 18th at 7 pm Heather

Friday, February 27, 2015

Before the meeting

Several are meeting at Le Cafe Francaise before the meeting at 5 pm Wednesday the 4th

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Guild Meeting March 4th 7 pm

Reminder that we have a meeting on March 4th at 7 pm
Peopel might meet for dinner ahead of time so I will post when I know. The hostesses I have for March are KathyMcDonald and Isabel Colebrook.
Liz was down for a talk on Salish Spinning but since her husband is ill we will need to find another programme for that night. Or we could further discuss the 2017 ANWG Guild Booth and the up coming Fibre exchange. and the paper weaving workshop with Alison Irwin.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Up coming Bias Basket Weave Workshop

Alison Irwin

Paper Bias Weave Baskets Workshop

I'll try to get the pictures to send later.

The class is Sunday March 8th from 10-4 (daylight savings changes the night before) at the Country Grocer( meeting room upstairs) on Bowen Road

Cost $20 plus $10 for the materials. Please sign up soon and Tell Lynn tonight or let me know by email by this weekend. Minimum 8 participants and ,maximum 10.

We will be making Bias weave baskets made from scrapbooking paper that is run through a paper shredder, and they're just a little larger than a business card. We will design different colour and weave patterns for these baskets. Possibly putting beads on one.

Each student should come with paper scissors, a fine tapestry needle (size 28), and a small metal nail file
Students will need to bring pencil crayons, 1/4" graph paper, and a pencil & eraser.

We are doing this so we will have the knowledge to be able to help the Tzouhalem Guild with a project for the upcoming conference in Victoria in 2017.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Spinning Wednesday 18th 7 pm at the church hall

Reminder of the spinning at the church hall on Wednesday February 18th at 7 pm

February 3rd Minutes

February 3rd/2015
Minutes of the Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild

18 People Present

Dream Spin still has some spaces but no more can come to the one day sale.

Library-New- Ply and Handwoven magazines are in.

May 31st at the Bradley Centre is the Annual Fleece and Fibre Fair

Our Stash and re stash sale- (March 21st from 9-2)we have 30 tables to sell-It is a bit slow yet. People are going to bake for it so we can sell a plate of goodies and coffee or tea.

Guest named Erma or Erna will be coming to the spinning night. We think she left glasses but hasn’t phoned about them.

Liz Joined the Tzouhalem Guild in Duncan and when people join they are given a welcome letter with information and suggested that we do something similar.

Liz is organizing a Sunday where Alison Irwin comes from Duncan to teach the paper weaving so that we can help make woven name tags for the big ANWG conference which is to be in Victoria in 2017.

Pat came up with a great Idea for our guild booth for the conference in 2017. she handed out sheet with the colours and idea and we all thought that it was a great plan. We should start working now. We will be using the conference colours and the theme. For more information go to http://www.anwgconference2017.com/

We had a book suggestion which Betty moved to buy the suggested book for our library and moved that we adjorn so that we could have the planned programme on basketry with Debbie McCelland. The programme was really well done with the types of baskets grouped into continents or countries and Debbie had lots of examples of each of the groupings. It was a lot of work to do and we really appreciated her doing the programme.

I got a list of the members from Crystal and am endeavouring to get it straight on the yahoo list but the Yahoo list hasn’t many names like nanny granny etc. That I cant associate with a real person! just the email addresses so it is hard to do so hopefully everyone will get the notices now! Some addresses had .ca instead of .com etc.
Show and Tell

Heather showed her tapestry hot off the loom from El Tuito where she was weaving at the Casa Tajedora in Mexico.

Jeanette Roberts showed a lovely knitted scarf of hand-spun

Isabelle Colebrook had a shawl she was knitting.

Joyce Clarke had a shawl called Wingspan that was very clever

Kathy McDonald had a woven chenille scarf in painted warp

Sharon McGarrigle had two great examples of Icelandic sweaters that her son had bought as gifts from the knitters co-op in Iceland. She was knitting a shawl of and spun called the Harry shawl?

Darlene Booth had a sweater she had knit which fit beautifully and was knitting beads on a scarf.

Anne Fiddick was spinning a big bag of pink alpaca

Crystal had some great fingerless gloves.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

glasses left

Would the lady whose name started with E ( Erma ?)please contact Anne at 722-2507 or 619-8003 re: glasses left at our meeting February 4th.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pieces: Celebrating Textiles



World renowned textlie artist Charllotte Kwon of Maiwa (http://www.maiwa.com/index.html) to open Pieces: Celebrating Textiles with special presentation  “Waiting for the Monsoon: Slow Clothes in India”.  Kwon will introduce the concept of slow clothes theme to the textile weekend packed with presentations, demonstrations, making, mending and much more.  Kwon and others will lead us in an interactive conversation on the inspired beginnings, challenges and joys of working to restore skills and artistry through slow fashion.  North Island College students sponsored by the Global Learning and Innovation Fund will be participating visually and verbally to shed light on human rights, economic and environmental issues in the textile industry.

March 27, 28 & 29, 2015
Florence Filberg Centre
411 Anderton Avenue, 
 Courtenay BC


From a blog about 15th century spinning.

It's the third Wednesday of the month! So quickly it came. 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 Jan 21 (today) 7 pm.  Open to anyone.  
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jo Sawallow-spinning and weaving stuff

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

re posting the ANWG Conference information


MIWSGuild



Posted: 20 Oct 2014 07:13 PM PDT
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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Posted: 20 Oct 2014 04:52 PM PDT

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
Saturday
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
Posted: 20 Oct 2014 04:49 PM PDT

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
Posted: 20 Oct 2014 04:48 PM PDT

Spinning/Weaving Retreat 2015 in Powell River

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

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Minutes of the January 2015 meeting

Minutes for the January Meeting of the Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild on January 7th,2015


There were fourteen people present.
Discussion of Our March Sale of stash and re-stash in March at the Cedar Hall
(Kathy if you could send me the detail i will post on face book etc. But I don’t want to type the information and times etc. Without having it all in front of me.)

Anne Fiddick and Kathy MacDonald lead the discussion about the sale. The Guild will have a table and three guild members will have a table as well. They are looking into sandwich boards to put up directing people to the hall and possibly having a map.

Joyce said that we may not have to find another location for the meetings when the hall gets torn down. We will have to remove and relocate the library. The building at the north end of the parking lot is possibly going to accommodate the people who meet at the church while the building is being done.

Debbie McClelland will give a programme on baskets for the February meeting. Looking forward to it.

Dream Spin information previously posted.

We had a discussion about a booth for the ANWG conference in Victoria in June 2017. The Theme is treddle lightly. Pat Zogar had a great idea that we all loved. Circular stairs with local hadspun done in the booth colours and the risers of the stairs in handwoven fabric in each of the colours. More discussion will entail but we could get going on it soon.

Reminder of the email: I have two people who are still not getting the emails and they are on the list the addresses are correct and I do not understand why they do not get them??

EMAIL account: MIWSGuild has an email address and hence an email account at google mail: MIWSGuild@gmail.com.  This is just a regular email account just like anyone would have, except we use this for the Guild rather than for one individual person.  This means any email sent to MIWSGuild@gmail.com is NOT read unless someone goes into the account and reads it and it stays in the account until someone deletes it.  It is NOT sent to all members of the Guild.  So if you send an email to MIWSGuild@gmail.com, it stays right there.  A member of the guild needs to go into the account every so often and read the mail and do something with it (e.g. reply, delete, forward, file it, etc).  
Email can be filed in folders.  Folders are listed on the left column.  Move your cursor in that area should force a list of folders to appear.


Distribution Lists.  
The Guild has two ways to send email to people: 

1. Using the Gmail account: To send using the gmail address account you first have to log in with the username and password. In Gmail, you can also have Contacts (an address book) set up and you can add people to your contacts, along with their email addresses and phone numbers.  
To send an email to a contact, just click the COMPOSE button in Gmail and then the TO: button and chose who to send the email to.
To send email to a group of people: You can either select more than one person by clicking the TO: button, and select all those to receive the email; or, you can type in each address; OR, if you often send emails to the same group of people e.g. current members, you can save time by creating a Group, and sending the email to that group. A group has been created called "Current members".  It lists all the people who currently have a membership in the guild.  Each year, new members need to be added and those who are no longer members removed from the group.
Other group have been created, e.g. Guild Executive, and each time a workshop is created, then a group with the name of that workshop so a message can be sent just to those registered in a workshop.
You can send to more than one group, for example you may want to advertise an upcoming event and send it to the Members group as well as Friends of the Guild group, or to other guilds as well.
To add a person to the contact list: Click the word Gmail (typed in the top left with a small triangle pointing down next to it) and choose Contacts.  This switches you to the Contacts page.  The page lists all the contacts, their addresses and which groups they belong to.  To add a new contact click New Contact button on the left and fill in their name and email address.  
To add a person/s to a group: You can select a person (or more) and add them to a group.  Select the people and once selected and box with 3 people icons appears above the list. If the group already exists, clicking the group icon will drop down a list of groups.  Choose the one you want to add them to.

2. Yahoo Groups.  The Guild also has a Yahoo Group account and web page and this also comes with a Yahoo distribution list. The Yahoo Group page is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MIWSGuild/?prop=eupdate The email address for the Yahoo list is: MIWSGuild@yahoogroups.com This is useful to quickly send an email from your own personal email address to current members.  Someone (who?)  at the Guild is responsible for adding new members to the Yahoo Group and maintaining this list.  Some members have complained that they do not receive these emails.  Maybe their email program thinks they are spam emails?
Emails sent to MIWSGuild@yahoogroups.com will only be sent to those registered with the yahoo group i.e. only current members.  
Currently, Heather Sinclair maintains the Yahoo group members. When new members join, an email should be sent to Heather with the new members name and email and Heather will add them.  


Show and Tell

I talked about my upcoming tapestry weaving trip so will just have arrived back at the next meeting.

Kathy MacDonald showed her nice black alpaca that Anna Running processed

Crystal showed some spinning she had done.

Joyce had a dyed knitted sample which is going to work out to be a nice project.
Anne knit toques from spinning samples

Autumn had knitting that had a face in it but despite the fact that everyone else could see it I could not.

Debbie had some great felted slippers

Pat had a scarf made from handspun.

Liz had spinning with dyed Blueface Leichester roving combinded withblack or dark blue alpaca

A woman named Sandra had bought a knitters loom from Pat's Ashford business. She wanted to warp the loom she got for Christmas. Norah was helping her but she needed yarn for the warp and it was going to take longer than she thought.