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

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.  
This has been a Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild blog update. If you are reading this as an email, and can't see this in its full glory (i.e there is a pretty picture on this page), click here to see this item in its full glory, images and all: http://miwsguild.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jo Sawallow-spinning and weaving stuff

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

re posting the ANWG Conference information


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
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.

Thursday Spinners list for information on sales etc.

Thursday Spinners Membership

by karemill2010
To the Spinning Membership.
It is time to renew your membership with the Thursday Spinners.
You can renew your membership STARTING JAN 15, 2015. I will start collecting on the 15th as my computer with all the current information died and I have to redo it.
You can renew yor membership in 1 of 2 ways:
1. Attend a meeting and put a check mark by your name on the membership list and deposit your $2.00 in the appropriate container. (Honor system)
2. Send a cheque to me:
Maeva Lowen
1214 Pintail Drive
Qualicum Beach
V9K 1C8
If you are a new member please include your name, phone number and email if you wish to have that information on the membership list and recorded with the Bradley Centre.
Please also make any necessary changes at the time of renewal. You may make them on the master list.
An updated membership list will be completed at the end of February. That should give everyone enough time to renew.
maeva, mdl33@telus.net

Dont forget Distaff Day This Saturday

Distaff Day 2015
Sat. January 10, 2015 from 10 to 3 p.m.
St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican Church Hall
5800 Church Road (off Maple Bay Rd.), Duncan
(in case of snow we will hold it Jan. 17
Tzouhalem Spinners and Weavers Guild extend a
“Spinning” invi
tation to their Annual Distaff Day
This event always proves to be an exciting day for fibre artists
inspiring show and tell,
an opportunity to visit and of course,
eat fabulous food
all with spinning wheels flying
d spindles all a
Please bring a generous amount of food for the Potluck
Suggested donation: $5