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NYS Sheep & Wool Festival

2014 Competitions & Contests

Skein, Handmade Item, Designer Item and Fleece To Shawl

Drop Spindle, Spinning, Chop Stick Knitting, Crochet Contests


  

Photos by Garret C. Lown

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SKEIN COMPETITION

HANDMADE ITEMS COMPETITION

DESIGNER ITEM COMPETITION

FLEECE TO SHAWL COMPETITION

 

DROP SPINDLE SPINNING CONTEST

SPINNING WHEEL CONTEST

CHOP STICK KNITTING CONTEST

CROCHET CONTEST

 

 

2015 Featured Breed -

2015 Featured Item -

2015 Designer Item -

SKEIN, HANDMADE ITEM, DESIGNER ITEM AND FLEECE TO SHAWL COMPETITION

Location: Building E

2014 Featured Breed - Shetland

SPECIAL AWARD: BEST IN SHOW: $25.00 plus rosette

SKEIN COMPETITION

PRIZE MONEY:
$15.00 - First Place
$12.00 - Second Place
$10.00 - Third Place
$8.00 - Fourth Place
$6.00 - Fifth Place


SPECIAL AWARDS:

Best Skein: $25.00 plus rosette

Elmendorph Handspinners Guild: $25.00 for Best Skein spun by a new spinner (spinning for less than 1 year)

Elmendorph Handspinners Guild: $25.00 for Best of Show skein

Elmendorph Handspinners Guild: $25.00 "Susan Stapleford Memorial Award" for best skein spun on a drop spindle

RULES:

1. Entry fee of $2.00 per item and registration forms must be postmarked by October 4, 2013.  Please make check payable to Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association (DCSWGA).

2. Items must be completed between November 1, 2012 and October 19, 2013.

3. Entries must be checked-in between 8:00 am and 12:30 pm on Friday, October 18, and remain on display until 3:00 pm Sunday; otherwise prize money and ability for future entries will be forfeited.

4. All entries must be the work of the exhibitor.

5. A maximum of 3 entries per person per category.

6. Mail in entries must be postmarked by October 4, 2013, and must include a return address label and postage (unless you will be picking up your item(s) at the festival).  We are not responsible for items lost in the mail.

7. All entries will be displayed uncovered but supervised during festival hours.  Every effort will be made to display and care for entries, but the festival staff assumes no responsibility for loss or damage.

8. Items must be picked up on Sunday, October 20, between 4 and 5 pm unless prior arrangements are made.  Festival staff is not responsible for unclaimed items left after 5:00 pm. They will become property of DCSWGA.

9. Please attach two 3x5 cards to each entry.PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AS IMPROPERLY MARKED ITEMS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO BE JUDGED!!

On the first card indicate the category you are entering, the technique(s) used to prepare the fiber, the intended use of the skein, and indicate wheel or drop spindle spun.

On the second card, please print your name, address and telephone number.  This card goes behind the first card.

NO OTHER TAGS OR LABELS ARE ALLOWED ON THE ENTRIES.

10. If there are more than 15 entries per category, the category may be divided at the discretion of the judge(s).

11. Skein Requirements: A minimum of 2 oz. . and/or 40 yards (unless otherwise stated); neatly wound with a circumference of 1½ to 2 yards; tied in at least 4 places with matching yarn; and washed to set the twist.

12. For category 1, proof of featured breed (written grower breed certification, vendor receipt, fleece tag) must be included with entry.

13. JUDGES DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

Categories

1. Featured Breed - 100% Cheviot. Must be natural color and can be singles or plyed.

2. All Wool Skein - 100% Sheep’s Wool, singles, natural.

3. All Wool Skein - 100% Sheep’s Wool, singles, dyed.

4. All Wool Skein - 100% Sheep’s Wool, two-ply, natural.

5. All Wool Skein - 100% Sheep’s Wool, two-ply, dyed.

6. All Wool Skein - 100% Sheep’s Wool, three-ply, natural or dyed.

7. Lace Weight Skein - 100% Sheep’s Wool, natural or dyed, minimum of 1 oz..

8. Novice Skein - (<16 years of age)(spinning for less than 1 year) - 100% Sheep’s Wool.

9. Novice Skein - (> 16 years of age)( spinning for less than 1 year) - 100% Sheep’s Wool.

10. Blended Skein - At least 50% Sheep’s Wool. Designed to show the versatility of
wool when combined with other fibers into a smooth, evenly spun, standard plied
yarn.

11. Novelty Skein - At least 50% Sheep’s Wool. Entries will be judged on the
effectiveness of color, texture, multi-plying and other techniques skillfully used to
achieve a textured type yarn.

12. Exotic Fiber - Natural fibers other than Sheep’s Wool (ex. Alpaca, Angora, 
Llama, Mohair, Silk, etc.). Any technique, blended or not. Minimum of 1 oz.
and/or 40 yards.

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HANDMADE ITEMS COMPETITION

PRIZE MONEY:
$15.00 - First Place
$12.00 - Second Place
$10.00 - Third Place
$8.00 - Fourth Place
$6.00 - Fifth Place


SPECIAL AWARDS:

Best Best Knitted Item: $25.00 plus rosette

Best Crocheted Item: $25.00 plus rosette

Best Woven Item: $25.00 plus rosette

Best Felted Item: $25.00 plus rosette

Best Hooked Item: $25.00 plus rosette

Ulster County Handspinners Guild: $25.00 for best handspun handmade article

RULES:

1. Entry fee of $2.00 per item and registration forms must be postmarked by October 4, 2013. Please make check payable to Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association (DCSWGA).

2. Items must be completed between November 1, 2012 and October 19, 2013.

3. Entries must be checked-in between 8:00 am and 12:30 pm on Friday, October 18, and remain on display until 3:00 pm Sunday; otherwise prize money and ability for future entries will be forfeited

4. All entries must be the work of the exhibitor.

5. A maximum of 3 entries per person per category.

6. Mail in entries must be postmarked by October 4, 2013, and must include a return address label and postage (unless you will be picking up your item(s) at the festival). We are not responsible for items lost in the mail.

7. All entries will be displayed uncovered but supervised during festival hours. Every effort will be made to display and care for entries, but the festival staff assumes no responsibility for loss or damage.

8. Items must be picked up on Sunday, October 20, between 4 and 5 pm unless prior arrangements are made. Festival staff is not responsible for unclaimed items left after 5:00 pm. They will become property of DCSWGA.

9. Please attach two 3x5 cards to each entry. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AS IMPROPERLY MARKED ITEMS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO BE JUDGED!!

On the first card, please indicate the following:

a. category you are entering

b. the fiber content.

c. handspun or commercial spun

On the second card, please print your name, address and telephone number. This card goes behind the first card.

NO OTHER TAGS OR LABELS ARE ALLOWED ON THE ENTRIES.

10. Handmade items must be made of any natural fiber or combination of natural fibers. EXCEPTIONS: Categories 35, 36 and socks which must be made of a minimum of 75% natural fiber. Yarns may be handspun or commercial (please indicate).

PLEASE NOTE, NATURAL FIBERS OCCUR NATURALLY IN NATURE AND COME NATURALLY FROM PLANTS OR ANIMALS (IE. COTTON, FLAX OR HEMP, SHEEP, DOGS, LLAMAS, BISON OR SILK), AND ARE NOT REGENERATED OR MANUFACTURED FIBERS WHICH START WITH NATURAL PRODUCTS BUT ARE MADE BY HUMAN HANDS (IE. BAMBOO, RAYON, SOY OR MILK).

11. Handspun refers only to yarn produced by the exhibitor, all others are commercial.

12. If there are more than 15 entries per category, the category may be divided at the discretion of the judge(s).

13. For categories 15 and 16 proof of featured breed (written grower breed certification, yarn sleeve, vendor receipt, fleece tag) must be included with entry.

14. JUDGE'S DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

Categories

13. 2013 Featured Item - Cowl - Any technique. Youth (<16 years of age). One entry per person per category.

14. 2013 Featured Item - Cowl - Any technique. Adult (>16 years of age) - One entry per person per category.

15. Featured Breed Item - 100% Cheviot. Small item (ie. socks, hats, mittens, scarves and any item the judge decides should be included in this class).

16. Featured Breed Item - 100% Cheviot. Large item (ie. sweaters, jackets, afghans, blankets, etc. and any item the judge decides should be included in this class).

17. Hand Knitted - Small items (ie. socks, hats, mittens, scarves, etc. and any item the judge decides should be included in this class). Handspun.

18. Hand Knitted - Small items (ie. socks, hats, mittens, scarves, etc. and any item the judge decides should be included in this class). Commercial.

19. Hand Knitted - Large items (ie. sweaters, jackets, afghans, blankets, etc. and any item the judge decides should be included in this class). Handspun

20. Hand Knitted - Large items (ie. sweaters, jackets, afghans, blankets, etc. and any item the judge decides should be included in this class) . Commercial.

21. Hand Crocheted - Small items (ie. socks, hats, mittens, scarves and any item the judge decides should be included in this class. Handspun.

22. Hand Crocheted - Small items (ie. socks, hats, mittens, scarves and any item the judge decides should be included in this class. Commercial.

23. Hand Crocheted - Large items (ie. sweaters, jackets, afghans, blankets, etc. and any item the judge decides should be included in this class). Handspun

24. Hand Crocheted - Large items (ie. sweaters, jackets, afghans, blankets, etc. and any item the judge decides should be included in this class). Commercial.

25. Handwoven

26. Wet Felted

27. Needle/pin Felted

28. Fulled - Any technique (woven, knitted, crocheted, etc.)

29. Hooked - Large item. Any technique (locker, hooked, shirret, etc).

30. Hooked - Small item. Any technique (locker, hooked, shirret, etc).

31. Lace Knitting - small item (scarf, etc)

32. Lace Knitting - large item (shawl, etc)

33. Any technique not previously mentioned - Small item.

34. Any technique not previously mentioned - Large item

35. Any Technique Minimum of 75% Natural Fiber - Small Item

36. Any Technique Minimum of 75% Natural Fiber - Large Item

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DESIGNER ITEM COMPETITION

PRIZE MONEY:

$250.00

Design and create a children's toy using your own original pattern.

RULES:

1. The toy must be 100% wool (excluding the base/foundation material, ie. needlepoint canvas, counted cross stitch fabric, etc). The toy may be knitted, crocheted, woven, needle pointed, creweled, counted cross-stitched, etc., or any combination of techniques. If applicable, the entry must include a graph of the design.

2. The pattern must be complete and well-presented, and must accompany the toy for judging.

3. The toy must be reproducible using the pattern.

4. The winning pattern becomes the property of the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.

5. One entry per person.

6. Judge’s decision is final.

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FLEECE TO SHAWL COMPETITION

Location: Bldg. E

Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:00am - 1:00pm

PRIZE MONEY:
$500.00 - First Place

$300.00 - Second Place

$200.00 - Third Place

$100.00 - Fourth Place

$100.00 - Fifth Place

$100.00 - Sixth Place

$50.00 FOR BEST USE OF COLOR

$50.00 FOR BEST USE OF PATTERN

ADDITONAL $25.00 AWARD FOR THE BEST USE OF NATURAL DYE.

DON NERVICK AND PRIZE WINNING SHAWL

DON NERVIK

Award for Best use of Natural Dye.

This award is dedicated to the loving memory of Don Nervik. Don was a volunteer  during the Festival and at the Dutchess County Fair Wool Workroom. He passed away January 20, 2012.

Don was an avid spinner and weaver with a passion for using natural dyes for wool. Also a Master Gardner through the Cornell program, he was particularly fond of Indigo, which he grew in his garden. Participating in fleece to shawl competitions was something he especially liked to do with the team from the Elmendorf Guild. He will be missed by all who delighted from a hand processing or weaving demo given by Don and all who knew him.

The Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association is proud to sponsor this award to the team demonstrating the Best use of Natural Dye in the warp, weft or both, of their shawl.

RULES:

1. Registration and entry fee of $20.00 per team must be postmarked by October 4, 2013. Space is limited to the first six teams registering.

2. Each team will consist of 1 weaver, 3 spinners and 1 announcer. The announcer will be Assigned one 15 minute time slot to speak to the public regarding their team history, what the team is doing and answer questions. When not announcing they may help their fellow team members and be available for individual public questions.

3. Each team will supply all its own equipment (ie. Spinning wheels, pre-warped loom, shuttles, bobbin winder, hand cards or flickers).

4. No drum carders, pickers or electric equipment.

5. Warp yarns and spinning fiber must be 100% sheep’s wool. Handspun weft will not exceed 3 times diameter of warp.

6. Pre-warp loom (may be handspun or commercial, dyed or natural) at no fewer than 8 ends per inch.

7. Each team will start with raw fiber which may be washed but in obvious lock formation.

8. All equipment must arrive between 8:00am and 9:00am, and be set up by 9:30am. Nothing can be added once the contest begins. Only team members will be permitted in the work area. Team members may not leave the work area during the competition unless given permission by the judge.

9. The competition will begin at 10:00am and will end at 1:00pm. Any shawl not off the loom and completed by 1:00pm will not be eligible for ribbons or prize money.

10. The completed shawl must be a minimum of 18 inches wide and 72 inches long, excluding optional fringe. Points will be deducted for shawl being shorter or narrower.

11. Teams will be based on the following 100 point criteria:

1. Team display

a. Team Sign (5 points)

b. Team Attire (5 points)

2. Announcer

a. Knowledge of presentation (10 points)

b. Oral Presentation (5 points)

3.
Fleece

a. Choice and Preparation (10 points)

b. Dyed Warp and/or Weft (5 points)

4. Spinning

a. Uniform Preparation (5 points)

b. Overall Uniformity (5 points)

5. Weaving

a. Design (10 points)

b. Straightness of Edges (5 points)

c. Evenness of Edges (5 points)

d. Evenness of Beating (5 points)

e. Handspun Warp (10 points)

6. Time

a. First Finished (10 points)

b. Second Finished (5 points)

7. Point Deduction

a. Less than 72 inches long (25 points DEDUCTED)

b. Less than 18 inches wide (25 points DEDUCTED)

8. Bonus Points

a. Team Spirit and Effort (5 BONUS points)

b. Fringe (5 BONUS points)

c. Use of featured breed (Cheviot) for both warp and weft (10 BONUS points). Proof of featured breed (written grower breed certification, yarn sleeve, vendor receipt, fleece tag) required.

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DROP SPINDLE SPINNING COMPETITION

Location: Bldg. E

Saturday, October 19, 2013 2:30pm

PRIZE MONEY: (Awarded in both youth and adult divisions)

$15.00 - First Place

$12.00 - Second Place

$10.00 - Third Place

$8.00 - Fourth Place

$6.00 - Fifth Place

RULES:

1. Contestants must bring their own hand Drop Spindles.

2. A set weight of prepared roving will be provided.

3. Spinners will spin for 15 minutes.

4. When time is up, the spun yarn will be skeined, measured and judged.

5. Judge’s decision is final.

6. Adult and youth winners will be awarded on number of YARDS SPUN.

7. Completion of roving before time is up will add one point per minute to the score.

8. Breakage will result in a subtraction of one point per break. No entry fee. Entries close at the start of the competition.

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SPINNING WHEEL CONTEST

Location: Bldg. E

Saturday, October 19, 2013 3:00pm

PRIZE MONEY: (Awarded in both youth and adult divisions)

$15.00 - First Place

$12.00 - Second Place

$10.00 - Third Place

$8.00 - Fourth Place

$6.00 - Fifth Place

RULES:

1. Contestants must bring their own spinning wheels (no electric)

2. A set weight of prepared roving will be provided.

3. Spinners will spin for 15 minutes.

4. When time is up, the yarn will be skeined, measured and judged.

5. Judge’s decision is final.

6. Adult and youth winners will be awarded on number of yards spun.

7. Completion of roving before time is up will add one point per minute to the score.

8. Breakage will result in a subtraction of one point per break.

No entry fee.

Entries close at the start of the competition.

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CHOP STICK KNITTING CONTEST

Location: Bldg. E

Saturday, October 19, 2013 3:30pm

PRIZE MONEY: (Awarded in both youth and adult divisions)

$15.00 - First Place

$12.00 - Second Place

$10.00 - Third Place

$8.00 - Fourth Place

$6.00 - Fifth Place

RULES:

1. Contestants will be provided with worsted weight wool yarn donated by Bartlett Yarns (Booth B39).

2. Contestants will be provided with a pair of Chop Stick Knitting Needles.

3. Before timing begins, contestants will cast twenty stitches on knitting needles in any way they prefer.

4. Knitters will knit for 15 minutes.

5. When time is up, the swatch will be judged and measured by the rows knitted.

6. Judges decision is final. No entry fee. Entries close at the start of the competitio

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CROCHET CONTEST

 

 

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