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

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.

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