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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

september minutes and list of programmes

MIWSG September 6th 2017 Meeting called to order 7:00
Adjourned: 8:45
Attendance: Sharon M, Anne, Jeannette, Joyce, Liz, Linda, Heather, Lynne, Margo, Debbie, Elspeth . Guests: Karen, Lestlie, Bonnie, Shari.
Treasurers Report: unavailable. June pot luck proceeds to be announced.
Old Business: Several members enjoyed the June pot luck held at Anne’s house. Thank you to Anne for hosting this meeting.
New Business: Elspeth and Anne represented the guild at the VIU 1 Expo. Elspeth has updated the welcome sheet.
“bring a friend” to a meeting was discussed. No further action at this time
A change to afternoon meetings was discussed. As there are still members who work during the day, no changes will be made. A workable solution might be a drivers list of those members who are willing to offer rides to members who do not like driving at night.
Heather is looking into a mushroom dyeing program for later this year
Show + Tell
Anne: earrings from left over yarn. Spinning fine singles
Elspeth: dyed bamboo top, purple baby hats for Children’s Hospital
Sharon M: new electric spinner (will bring to October meeting)
Karen: handknit sock (with cashmere!)
Joyce: purple knit shawl, gray knit shawl with armholes
Liz: dog wool discovery in a blanket at the Berke Museum in Seattle. Check out the Burke webside for all the details of this important discovery.
Heather: ANWG conference woven name tag. Nuno felted shawl. TWO third prizes at the ANWG conference.
Margo: resist dyed table runner. Lace treasures from days gone by.
Debbie: hand dyed linen, cotton, cotton/bamboo dyed flax purse
Shari: fair isle baby sweater for new grandson due in Feburary
Linda: Devore dyed scarf
Hostess List:
October Jeannette B + Elspeth
November Heather Cant get mushroom dyeing as planned so will look for something else
December pot luck dinner 6:00 p.m. start
January 2018 Jeannette
February Kathy + Sharon M
March Debbie + Linda
April Joyce + Anne
May Margo + Lynne
June pot luck at Anne’s

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Annual Year end Pot Luck and silent auction

Welcome MIWSG Guild members to our
Annual Pot Luck at Anne Fiddick's
1431 Ivor Road at Cedar-by-the-Sea
Island hwy, Cedar Road, McMillan Road, gas station left onto
Holden-Corso Road turns into Barnes Road - left on Leask Road and a
quick left onto Ivor Road into our driveway. Check our web page for
directions or google us!
5:30pm or a little earlier for those who wish to come and help set up
the Pot Luck and silent auction.
Please bring your favourite food to share with others. Coffee, tea and
punch are on me. I will also have some ham, potato salad and lemon
squares as my food contribution. Bring any other beverage you enjoy!
Let's hope the weather cooperates, it will be pleasant to eat or set
up our auction on the deck.
See you tomorrow
Fiddick's Farm BB
1431 Ivor Road
Nanaimo BC V9X 1P7
phone 250-722-2507
cell 250-619-8003

We are having a silent auction  where people can bring anything they want , People bid on it and if it doesn't go you have to being it home. Doesn't necessarily need to be spinning, Weaving or knitting related.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Guild Meeting and reminder of the 100 mile Fleece and Fibre Fair

May 3rd 7pm
Spinning challenge at church Hall Church Street

Don't forget May 28th 9:30 - 3:30 Bradley Centre 975 Shearme Road, Coombs, BC

Local Fleece , Local Fibre, Local Artisans, Spinning Circle,Door Prizes

Info nicknlinda@telus.net or bradleyfibrefair.alwyz.com

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Guild Meeting April 5th/2017

Our AGM this month. Hope we have some volunteers to fill possitions.
Programme was to be beads but instead it willl be button blaclets or necklaces. Which ever you choose. Being sissors and or Needle-nose pliers if you have them.

Those who want to meet for dinner ahead of time, I would like The Nest or Gina's. So maybe some one can post when we have decided, or any other suggestions. I love Gabriel's too.

Hostesses are earlier in the Blog.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MIWSGuild meeting March 1st

Could someone please post who the hostesses are and what the programme is? I know we are going to dinner at 5:30 before the meeting at Gabrielle's on Commercial street. I cannot find the programmes and hostesses on the blog.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bi-annual Destash - Restash Sale IS COMING!!!

Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild’s
Bi-annual Destash - Restash Sale

March 11 th. 2017
9:30 to 2pm

Spinning Fibre, Weaving materials, Equipment, almost
anything that you can think of. Great deals, great fun.
Cedar Community Hall
2388 Cedar Rd.

From the north- come off the Parkway onto Cedar Rd, turn right after going across the Nanaimo River bridge and stay on Cedar Rd. go approx 4km , hall is on Left, opposite the cemetery.

From the south- turn onto Cedar Rd. at the lights just south of the airport, stay on Cedar Rd , hall will be on your Right, opposite the cemetery.

More info or for table rental

Contact Kathy McDonald 250-722- 2150


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Meeting February 1 /17

Reminder that our meeting is at 7 pm this coming Wednesday.

Maybe someone could post what the programme is this month and who the hostesses are?

If we are meeting for dinner before the meeting, where are we meeting?

Monday, January 9, 2017

The ANWG is fast approaching.

  January 2107 Newsletter for the
2017 ANWG - NW Weavers' Conference

Registration Opens

 January 17th at  9:00am PST 
Register early to get your pick of the sessions and workshops.

Changes to Class and Seminar Schedule

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the schedule for Rebecca Mezoff's full-day class and half-day seminars have been changed. Details about the change can be found on our blog. These changes are also made on our website

Banner Banter
We are fortunate to have several groups hard at work to create gorgeous banners for our conference. Read more about it on our blog. 

Our Beautiful Site

We are thrilled to have our conference on the lush University of Victoria campus. Learn more about some of the areas to explore on our blog. 

Did You Know?

It may be chilly now, but Victoria in July is (almost always) warm and sunny. We can expect an average high of 24C (75F) at the conference.


Our host site, the University of Victoria, does an amazing job catering to a wide range of dietary needs. Read more about it on our website.
Volunteers Needed

Our conference depends on volunteers. It is a great way to become more involved, learn new skills, and make new friends. Read about the opportunities on our blog.
Join us in beautiful Victoria, BC, Canada
Preconference Workshops: June 28-30, 2017
Conference: July 1-2, 2017

Minutes from the January 4th 2017 meeting

Meeting called to order 7:05
Attendance: Anne, Debbie, Betty, Lynne, Marie Jeanne, Linda, Elspeth, Heather, Margo, Jeannette, Crystal, Kathy, Sharon, Autumn
Treasurers Report: balance of 1244.71 GIC Balance 3242.56
Library Report: still on hold waiting for storage solutions. No new purchases at this time. Discussion about reducing our library as most of the information is now available on line. (work in progress). Margo reported that the downtown library has a knitting group that meets the 3rd Monday at 6:30 p.m.
New Business: 2017 membership fee (20.00) is due
Welcome New Member: Sharon Alexander
Waiting to hear from St Pauls with regards to a storage cupboard for the library. Linda is also checking with Country Grocer to see if they might have a meeting space available. Jeannette checked with the downtown Nanaimo Library but they do not book meetings on a yearly basis, Wednesday evenings were not available, and with no storage options it was decided to stay at St Pauls for now.
Kathy has paid our ANWG membership for 2017 (27.58 cdn)
Margo brought in some literature from Plan International with information about adopting a sheep to support their organization. Those who want to do so, please check out the website for more information.
Amended: I have now read the minutes and I want a correction.
 The idea of buying a sheep, was for the GUILD to buy a sheep or two for a needy family through Plan International.
 Guild members on their own could also by sheep if they wanted to support a family in need.
 NOT as quoted in the minutes the donation “supported their organisation”. of course some  of the donation will go to help promotion.

Old Business: it was decided to keep the current Mid Island Weavers and Spinners Guild name rather than change it to Nanaimo Weavers and Spinners Guild.
Spring Sale: Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Cedar Community Hall. $30.00 table rental. The guild will have a table that members can sell from for a 15% commission. Kathy will take on the public relations for the event and will be the contact person for the table rentals. All fibre related items are welcomed. Anne will do the set-up, Crystal will advertize on face book. There may be a concession available depending on participation from our members. Kathy also brought up the option of a Food Truck.
Adjourned: 7:40 February Hostess: Sharon M and Kathy
Show and Tell:
Anne: handwoven red coat that belonged to her Mother (Margaret)
Sharon A: crochet silk/bamboo wash cloth
Linda: crochet scarf, polymer clay hearts ***sheep stitch markers forgotten at home will be brought in for next meeting***
Marie Jeanne: has a broken loom and is looking for a loom repair person. If you can help or know of a repair person, please let her know.
Heather: new electric spinner, dyed mohair and a devore scarf complete with grandchildren,s initials.
Elspeth: Blue Leicester spun fleece, fine gauge hand spun, natural dyed vest. And from the peanut gallery, quit complaining, your spinning is absolutely beautiful!
Margo: knitting a vest from “bits and bobs”
Sharon M: next time :o)
Kathy: next time :o)
Lynne: chunky handspun pink novelty yarn
Jeannette: top down red sweater
Crystal: next time :o)
Betty: toque for her granddaughter
Autumn: backstrap weaving
Debbie: handwoven Swedish lace washcloth, and absolutely not a basket in sight....... not sure what’s up with that, but she better get busy on those baskets..........

Monday, January 2, 2017

Guild Meeting at 7 pm Wednesday the 4th

We will be meeting at 7 pm January Wednesday the fourth for the first of the year. Dues for Joining for the year are due at this meeting.
Maybe someone can post what the program is and who the hostesses are for January?I'm busy spinning and dyeing. Happy New year and all the best to everyone for 2017.
We may meet for dinner but don't know where yet?? Maybe someone can post this as well.