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

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.