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

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

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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