Skein & Garment Competition

Rules

General Requirements

Please read all requirements.

  1. All entries must have been completed since the 2013 festival and be clean and odor-free.
  2. An entry will only be accepted in one class and no more than two entries per class will be accepted from an individual.
  3. “Wool” is the product of a sheep.
  4. All entries must be at least 50% wool except for classes T01-T05 and T80-T83 which must be 100% wool.
  5. All entries must include:
    • Fee of $5 per entry from anyone over the age of 18. Make checks payable to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. (There is a $25 fee for any returned check.)
    • A completed entry form. Multiple entries from an individual may be on one entry form.
    • A small return address label with entrant’s name and address for each entry. Please be sure this name matches the entrant on the entry form.
    • 3x5 card for each entry with:
      • The class name and number;
      • Age of entrant if 18 or under;
      • Fiber content, including breed if known; and
      • Producer of fiber if it was from a Maryland sheep or owned by a member of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association
      • For all handspun skeins, include a description of the techniques used and its intended use
  6. Hangers and display equipment will not be accepted. If sculptural entry, all pieces must be securely attached.
  7. Entries are accepted Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Fairgrounds between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Late submissions will not be accepted. If the 1:00 p.m. deadline cannot be met, mail entries.
  8. Mailed entries should be sent to:
    Skein and Garment Competition
    PO Box 6844
    Ellicott City, MD 21042
    They must be received no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Inquiries can be made to skeinandgarment@sheepandwool.org.
  9. Judging will take place Friday, May 2nd, in the afternoon and evening. The judges have the right to shift entries to more appropriate classes. Judges’ decisions are final. Entry fees will not be refunded for disqualified items. All entries will be displayed uncovered but supervised during Festival hours. The Festival will make every effort to display and care for the entered pieces, but assumes no responsibility for damage or loss.
  10. The building will close at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4th and entries will not be released under any circumstances before 4:30 p.m. and must be claimed by 5:30 p.m. that evening. Entries not picked up will become the property of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, Inc.

Premiums

Cash prizes will be awarded in each class for First Place ($15), Second Place ($10), and Third Place ($5). Ribbons will be awarded for First through Fifth Place.

Special Prizes

All are $25 cash awards or gift certificates unless otherwise noted.

Best in Show - donated by Cloverhill Yarn Shop of Baltimore, MD ($50 gift certificate)

Best Woven Article - donated by The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore

Best Handspun Skein - donated by Ed, Chris, & Pat Hyland in memory of Jane Hyland

Best Handspun Article - donated by Ed, Chris, & Pat Hyland in memory of Jane Hyland

Best Handspun 2-ply yarn spun on a drop Spindle - donated by Chrissy & Bill Bellows

Best Basket of Yarn - donated by The Waterford Weavers

Best Junior Spinner - donated by Waterford Weavers Gallery

Best Novelty Skein - donated by The Waterford Weavers

Best Novice Skein from Maryland Wool - donated by The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore

Best Novice Spinner - donated by The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore

Best Junior Fiber Artist - donated by Sandy Springs Friends School

Best Hand-Knitted Article - donated by The Central Maryland Knitting Guild

Best Sweater Knitted from Commercial Yarn - donated by The Central Maryland Knitting Guild in memory of Renee Ashby

Best Knitting for Dolls and Bears (in memory of Lynna Babs Spornick) donated by The Central Maryland Knitting Guild

Best Innovative Design - donated by The Potomac Fiber Arts Guild

Best Garment made of least 30% alpaca - donated by Gail Campbell at Ameripaca Alpaca Breeding Co.

Best Alpaca Handspun Skein of at least 30% alpaca - donated by Gail Campbell at Ameripaca Alpaca Breeding Co.

Best Hand-knitted Article from Commercial Yarn – donated by Woolstock Knit Shop (gift certificate)

Best Leicester Longwool Skein – donated by Willow Brook Farm

Best Leicester Longwool Article – donated by Willow Brook Farm

Maryland Sheep Breeders Association Prizes

Any yarn spun from a Maryland sheep or a sheep owned by a member of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association is eligible for the following:

Best of Maryland Wool - Skein

Best of Maryland Wool - Article

Best of Maryland Wool - Producer

The “Freddie” Award

This is a $100.00 cash award for the weaver of the most unusual handwoven article in the show. This award is funded by an endowment from the family and friends of Mary Frederika Pfeiffer, an avid Festival supporter. The “Freddie” Award will continue her encouragement of excellence in creative handweaving.

General Instructions for Handspun

  1. Each handspun entry must be spun and constructed by the entrant alone except for class T28. (Entries not made entirely from yarn spun by the entrant must be entered in the Commercial Yarn Section.)
  2. “Fine” yarn is 20 or more wraps per inch and each skein of fine yarn must weigh at least 1 ounce.
  3. “Medium” yarn is 10 to 19 wraps per inch and each skein must weigh at least 2 ounces.
  4. “Thick” yarn is less than 10 wraps per inch and each skein must weigh at least 2 ounces.
  5. Each skein must be:
    • 1.5 to 2 yards in circumference.
    • Wound neatly with the 2 ends of the skein tied together.
  6. Skeins from commercially prepared fiber may only be entered in classes T06, T07, T11, T12, and T13.
  7. Remember to include techique description and intended use.

General Instructions for Felting

Felted articles (hand-knitted and then felted, handwoven and then felted, felted from fleece, or needle-felted) should be entered in classes T45-T48. Knitted or woven articles that have been fulled, i.e., stitches or warp and weft yarn are readily visible, must be entered in the class of the primary technique.

Classes

Handspun Yarn Section

Skeins - 100% Wool prepared by spinner from raw wool

Skeins - at least 50% Wool

Hand Knitted Articles

Handwoven Articles

Hand Crocheted Articles

Group Articles

Commercial Yarn Section

Hand Knitted Articles

Handwoven Articles

Hand Crocheted Articles

Wool Hooking

Other Techniques

Felting Techniques

Special Classes

Junior Division

Participants must be 18 years old or younger. The Junior Division is composed of Classes T1 through T50 using the same criteria as the Adult Division. Ribbons and cash prizes are the same as the Adult Division.

Mamie Francis Blanket Competition

  1. This blanket competition is part of the Skein and Garment Competition and all Skein and Garment Competition rules apply.
  2. Both warp and weft in the blanket must be 100% wool except for Class T84.

Classes

Prizes

There will be five classes. A First Place blanket will be selected in each class. From these first place blankets, a Grand Prize winner will be selected to receive a $300 check donated by the Mamie Francis family. Thank you to the following donors who support this event:

Ashton Studio Arts

The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center

Interweave Press

Louet North America

Glimakra USA

In addition, the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival has donated $100 for the Best Blanket of Maryland Wool.

Time and Cost

Saturday May 3, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the  Bingo Hall
Sunday May 4, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the  Bingo Hall

Event Cost: $5.00

Entry Form



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