Skein & Garment Competition
Please read all requirements.
- All entries must have been completed since the 2013 festival and be clean and odor-free.
- An entry will only be accepted in one class and no more than two entries per class will be accepted from an individual.
- “Wool” is the product of a sheep.
- All entries must be at least 50% wool except for classes T01-T05 and T80-T83 which must be 100% wool.
- 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
- Hangers and display equipment will not be accepted. If sculptural entry, all pieces must be securely attached.
- 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.
- Mailed entries should be sent to:
Skein and Garment CompetitionPO Box 6844Ellicott City, MD 21042
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
- 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.)
- “Fine” yarn is 20 or more wraps per inch and each skein of fine yarn must weigh at least 1 ounce.
- “Medium” yarn is 10 to 19 wraps per inch and each skein must weigh at least 2 ounces.
- “Thick” yarn is less than 10 wraps per inch and each skein must weigh at least 2 ounces.
- Each skein must be:
- 1.5 to 2 yards in circumference.
- Wound neatly with the 2 ends of the skein tied together.
- Skeins from commercially prepared fiber may only be entered in classes T06, T07, T11, T12, and T13.
- 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.
Handspun Yarn Section
Skeins - 100% Wool prepared by spinner from raw wool
- T01 Fine singles yarn
- T02 Medium to thick singles yarn
- T03 Fine plied yarn
- T04 Medium plied yarn
- T05 Thick plied yarn
Skeins - at least 50% Wool
- T06 Singles yarn from commercially prepared fibers
- T07 Plied yarn from commercially prepared fibers
- T08 Singles or plied yarn blended by spinner
- T09 Singles or plied yarn natural dyed by spinner
- T10 Singles or plied yarn chemically dyed by spinner
- T11 Novelty yarn. To qualify as Novelty, the yarn must be spun using a defined technique and be well constructed (examples are bouclé, corespun, tufted, etc.).
- T12 Handspinners dyed yarn basket - a minimum of one pound of yarn spun in any manner for use in one project displayed in a basket. Include a description of the fiber techniques used to spin the yarn and its intended use. A pattern, sketch or sample swatch of the project must be displayed. This class will be judged on craftsmanship and creativity.
- T13 Handspinners natural colored yarn basket - same as Class T12
- T14 Novice spinner (spinning one year or less) - singles or plied yarn
- T15 Novice spinner using commercially prepared fiber - singles or plied yarn
Hand Knitted Articles
- T16 Garment made from dyed yarn
- T17 Garment made from natural colored yarn
- T18 Wearable accessories
- T19 Scarves
- T20 Shawls
- T21 Gloves/Mittens
- T22 Socks
- T23 Garment
- T24 Scarves
- T25 Shawls
- T26 Miscellaneous
Hand Crocheted Articles
- T27 Miscellaneous
- T28 Group-produced article made from handspun yarn. Identify all participants (maximum of four people) and their respective contributions.
Commercial Yarn Section
Hand Knitted Articles
- T29 Garment made from yarn of one color or one multicolored yarn
- T30 Garment made from more than one colored yarn
- T31 Scarves
- T32 Shawls
- T33 Miscellaneous
- T34 Knitting for dolls and bears (handspun or commercially produced yarn)
- T35 Garment
- T36 Scarves
- T37 Shawls
- T38 Miscellaneous
Hand Crocheted Articles
- T39 Crocheted article
- T40 Wool hooking technique using an original pattern and designs
- T41 Wool hooking technique using bought patterns, kits or preprinted designs
- T42 Rugs - using any technique mentioned throughout; small, medium and large
- T43 Miscellaneous article using technique other than those listed above (e.g., needlepoint, embriodery, etc.)
- T44 Fiber Jewelry: to include felted techniques, knitting and other needlework, beading may be included but not the primary technique of the article
- T45 Knitted or woven articles that have been felted
- T46 Wet and/or Needle Felted non-wearables/home decor (wall hangings to rugs)
- T47 Wet and/or Needle Felted wearables
- T48 Wet and/or Needle Felted sculptural or figurative articles
- T49 Skein of plied yarn handspun from at least 50% wool and 30% alpaca
- T50 Garment made from handspun or commercially spun yarn at least 50% wool and 30% alpaca
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
- This blanket competition is part of the Skein and Garment Competition and all Skein and Garment Competition rules apply.
- Both warp and weft in the blanket must be 100% wool except for Class T84.
- T80 Lap Robe in any weave, 36-50” wide and any length
- T81 Blanket in any weave, larger than 50” wide and any length
- T82 Lap Robe or Blanket in any weave woven by a Junior (18 or under), minimum 36” wide and any length
- T83 Baby Blanket in any weave, less than 36” wide
- T84 Lap Robe or Blanket in any weave or size above made from at least 50% wool
- Grand Prize - $300
- (4) First Place Awards - $60
- (5) Second Place Awards - $40
- (5) Third Place Awards – A Year’s subscription to Handwoven Magazine
- Best Blanket Made of Maryland Wool - $100
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
Louet North America
In addition, the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival has donated $100 for the Best Blanket of Maryland Wool.