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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

forgot to ad

I forgot to mention that there is a silent auction, Anything you would like to donate to the silent auction for sale. have to take it home if it doesn't sell. Can be fibre related or not. Heather

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mid Island Christmas Pot Luck

Our annual Christmas Pot Luck
At the Church Hall on Church Street
6PM
Bring an item for the food bank
Bring a hand made Christmas Ornament for the Ornament exchange if you wish to Participate
Bring Plates and Cutlery as well as an edible to share. New Members Welcome as well as old members.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

St. Paul's Church renovations are ready for us!


Photo by Chris Bush for Nanaimo News
The renovations are done and we can move back into our regular meeting space starting now.  The renovations are great!  The space is bright and well designed.  The architects were also very clever about how they integrated the old outside wall into the inside corridor.  Come see for yourself.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Drop-in spin-in continues this fll.


Drop in for a social evening of spinning (or bring your knitting or....) 7.p.m. 80 Chapel St (our temporary home).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Surface design group show

https://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/13516907/834707959/name/tosh%20show.pdf

September 7/16 Guild minutes

Sept 7, 2016 MIWSG MINUTES

Meeting called to order 7:02 p.m.
Attendance: Lynne (president) Heather, Linda, Jeannette (secretary) Sharon, Margo (librarian) Autumn, Darlene, Debbie, Liz
Guest: Klare (who is looking to purchase a 36/45” table loom)
Treasurers Report: (June pot luck silent auction money outstanding), Crystal has dropped off the rent cheque for September 2016 to January 2017
Library Report: new Spin-Off magazine (Sharon borrowed)
Old Business: Membership Cards – Kathy (work in progress)
Phamplets – Kathy (work in progress)
Welcome Letter: draft form completed by Liz. Changes noted, Liz will finalize and publish to the blog.
Tentative booking for Sylvia Olsen knitting workshop: Nov 19 or 26. Liz will contact Sylvia to confirm date, prices, supplies etc.
New Business: welcome to new member Marie-Jeanne.
Show + Tell: Lynne: Egyptian Textile Museum Book
Autumn: Salish loom
Marie-Jeanne: hand washed, carded, spun blanket
Jeannette: Christmas stocking
Sharon: quilt
Debbie: mad weave mat, bowl
Liz: cedar hat making
Heather: woven tapestry
Margo: market bag samples

Workshops in Lynden Washington

Hello Fiber Enthusiasts,

Fibers and Beyond 2016 is coming soon, and we are excited about the workshops, exhibits, and the weavers’ sale that will be part of it.  Come visit us in Lynden WA in October at the Jansen Art Center!

Sheri Ward
Fibers and Beyond 2016 Committee



And here’s information about one of the workshops, especially for those of you who may be thinking about learning to weave or want to know more about rigid heddle weaving!

Rigid Heddle Weaving with Joanne Hall, Saturday, Oct. 15, 9-4:30



The loom and all supplies are provided for this beginning weaving class.  Rigid heddle weaving is easy to learn and fast to weave.  The loom is very portable and affordable.  You will learn to set up the loom and to weave.  In this day-long class you will become a weaver and in the process you will weave a scarf.   You will learn about selecting yarns, putting them on the loom, preparing the yarn for weaving, using shuttles, weaving techniques and finishing techniques.  You will learn enough to weave on your own after the class.

For experienced weavers, there will be a display of more advanced weaving techniques and discussion of pattern weaving using two heddles.

Joanne Hall is a weaver, teacher and author. Joanne started the Elkhorn Mountains Weaving Studio in Montana City, Montana, where she weaves tapestries and teaches weaving classes. 

For this class, registration is $85, and there is a materials fee of $35.


Other classes that still have openings are:
·      Deflected Double Weave with Liz Moncrief
·      3-D Design & Surface Manipulation on Felt with Flora Carlile Kovacs
·      Band Weaving & Back Strap with Joanne Hall
·      Nuno Felted Scarf with Flora Carlile Kovacs

More information about these workshops is on the Jansen’s website, and all registrations are through the Jansen Art Center, at www.jansenartcenter.org/shop 


 


Hello Fiber Enthusiasts,

Fibers and Beyond 2016 is coming soon, and we are excited about the workshops, exhibits, and the weavers’ sale that will be part of it.  Come visit us in Lynden WA in October at the Jansen Art Center!

Sheri Ward
Fibers and Beyond 2016 Committee



And here’s information about one of the workshops, especially for those of you who may be thinking about learning to weave or want to know more about rigid heddle weaving!

Rigid Heddle Weaving with Joanne Hall, Saturday, Oct. 15, 9-4:30



The loom and all supplies are provided for this beginning weaving class.  Rigid heddle weaving is easy to learn and fast to weave.  The loom is very portable and affordable.  You will learn to set up the loom and to weave.  In this day-long class you will become a weaver and in the process you will weave a scarf.   You will learn about selecting yarns, putting them on the loom, preparing the yarn for weaving, using shuttles, weaving techniques and finishing techniques.  You will learn enough to weave on your own after the class.

For experienced weavers, there will be a display of more advanced weaving techniques and discussion of pattern weaving using two heddles.

Joanne Hall is a weaver, teacher and author. Joanne started the Elkhorn Mountains Weaving Studio in Montana City, Montana, where she weaves tapestries and teaches weaving classes. 

For this class, registration is $85, and there is a materials fee of $35.


Other classes that still have openings are:
·      Deflected Double Weave with Liz Moncrief
·      3-D Design & Surface Manipulation on Felt with Flora Carlile Kovacs
·      Band Weaving & Back Strap with Joanne Hall
·      Nuno Felted Scarf with Flora Carlile Kovacs

More information about these workshops is on the Jansen’s website, and all registrations are through the Jansen Art Center, at www.jansenartcenter.org/shop 



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Saturday, September 3, 2016

First Meeting for the Fall 2016 - September 7th

We're back.....come and join us Wednesday Sept 7th, 7 p.m..  Remember we are still in our temporary space at 80 Chapel Street. See you there.
For those who want to get together for dinner beforehand...Dinner at  Gabrielle’s Gourmet  Cafe  on Commercial Street at 5:30.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Annual Pot luck June 1st

 Our Annual June Meeting to wind up the year is June the first at 6pm. There will be a silent auction and people can bring food to share as well as show and tell and something for the silent auction. Just for June it will be held at
"Fiddick's Farm BB" or go to www.island.net/~fiddick there are written
instructions to get here on the webpage if they do not have GPS or
Google map on their phone.
See address below
See everyone on June 1st !
Anne

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

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild meeting for April 2016

MIWS AGM Guild Meeting April 2016

15 members present

Old Business

We discussed ANWG conference and sending them money for the bags that will be recyclable. Heather Sinclair moved that we send money as they need a commitment by June and we didn't think they were going to order things (like cups) from China and it would be local. Kathy McDonald seconded it and all were in favor. Lynn brought up the Romney Batt from Birkland Brothers Julie Getting moved that we use it for the booth and seconded by Margo Turner. All were in favor, and it was divided up for people to spin and dye or felt for our ANWG booth.

One of our Life members Evelyn Hempinstall died recently. I tried to find more information but was unable to.

New Business
It was suggested we have a picnic in the park in the summer and take spinning and weaving to promote the guild. We could hand out information and make cards. $50 for 500 cards. We need new contacts and information. Some one was going to talk to Crystal before ordering. Liz Kaarremaa moved we spend the$50 and Margo Turner Seconded the motion and all were in favor.

Agenda for May meeting Crystal. Liz has had contact with Sylvia Olson on a workshop with Sylvia on Salish Knitting. Sylvia has been doing a PhD and after may will be in contact. Meeting Adjourned by Jeannette Brooks.

Kathy McDonald says there is a New Societies Act which we will need to find out about and get registered.
We then had our AGM
Lynne Vander Linde has agreed to continue on as President
Jeannette Brooks is going to take over as secretary from me
Crystal We hope is continuing as treasurer-to be confirmed soon
Margo Turner will continues as the librarian

We had a great Show and Tell and if I can I will post [pictures when I get a chance.

Liz Kaarremaa gave an excellent talk on Coast Salish Spinning and the research she has done on the dog hair used in spinning for her final level, 6, of her master Spinners Certificate.

Tea and goodies provided Darlene Booth and Anne Fiddick

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Meeting tonight

Tonights meeting is at 7 pm and the Hostesses are Darlene and Anne
Ten of us are meeting at Gina's restaurant right near where the meetings are held. We are meeting there at 5:30.
Liz will be talking about Coast Salish Spinning and showing pictures. It is also our AGM to elect next years executive.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

March 2016 Minutes

Minutes for the Weavers and Spinners Guild for March 2016

14 people present
We had the Treasurers report which I didn't get down.
We had a new Member from Protection Island join Suzanne Lamoureux

Old Business- one of the colours has been changes for the ANWG conference.

Discussion about the conference wanting Guilds to donate money instead of making things for the goody bags at the conference. People only wanted to donate if we were treading lightly on the environment and not ordering mugs made in China and not locally made

Anything we pay for should be made locally was the point.

Lambs wool from Birkland brothers that Lynne Vander Linde has in her closet was brought up. Are we spinning it for the conference? Dying it. No conclusion.

Liz reported that she still hasn't heard about the Cowichan knitting class with Sylvia Olsen. The book publisher has not got back to her and neither has Silvia.

New Business

A Small salish loom was donated to the guild by Julie Devereux
and a motion was made by Liz Kaarremaa and seconded by Julie Gettings to keep the loom and Liz will store it. The meeting was adjourned. Motion made by Lynne Vander Linde and seconded by Anne Fiddick.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Salish loom donation

This is the newest addition to the Guild's equipment.  It was donated by Julie Devereux.  Thank you Julie!
It is 17" wide by 30" and has holes in the side so you can make larger textiles, probably as long as 60".
While the Church hall is being renovated in will be stored but if any member wants to borrow it, please email miwsguild at gmail.com
Salish loom - new guild aquisition

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Coast Salish Weavers Symposium


Three members (Liz, Sheila, Autumn)attended this symposium and had an incredible time.  Here is a video that put together featuring the fashion show that was held.  Hosted by the Suquamish Museum- photos and compilation by Kathy Cadigan; song is the Suquamish/Tulalip song sung by Suquamish Song & Dance."  We will tell you more at Wednesday's Guild meeting. 

International Salish Wool Weavers Symposium 2016 from Kathy Cadigan on Vimeo.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

2017 ANWG conference





The 2017 Northwest Weavers Conference sponsored by ANWG will be held in Victoria B.C. on the grounds of the University of Victoria (so close!!!). The dates for the pre-conference workshops are June 28th to June 30th. The conference is July 1st and July 2nd. 2017.

The Theme “Treadle Lightly ” represents a concern for the environment and having a smaller footprint on the earth.

Here\s part of the MIWSGuild plans for our booth: http://miwsguild.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/anwg-display.html  The conference colours are: