Junior Spinning Competition

The Junior Spinning Competition is for anyone under the age of 18 who has attempted the art of spinning. Spinners will spin for 10 minutes. Their yarn will then be skeined and entered into one of the classes below. All skeins will be measured for longest skein in each division and judged for best overall skein.

Special note for 2020:

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Festival, we will be hosting the Junior Spinning Competition via Zoom during the time slot that the event would have happened at the Festival (Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm Eastern Time) as part of our “Virtual Online Festival”. All the rules below still apply. Please pre-register by April 24th and we will mail out some fiber to you for the competition.  You are also free to use fiber you already have on hand if you miss the date to register ahead.

Use this link to  join the Zoom meeting. For more secure access, go to join.zoom.us and enter 891 4020 6760 as the meeting ID. You will be prompted to download and install Zoom if you haven’t already done so.

A few things that will be “different” – you will need to measure your finished spinning for us – and be able to hold your yarn close enough to the camera for our judges to clearly see.

Please reach out to Patricia Sanville at to register.   We cannot wait to see how your spinning has improved and hope to “see” you on May 2nd.

Classes and Divisions

Division A: Spinning Wheel
Division B: Drop Spindle
Division C: E-spinner

All divisions will have the following classes:
Class 1: Most Even Yarn
Class 2: Fattest Yarn
Class 3: Lumpiest Yarn
Class 4: Skinniest Yarn
Class 5: Longest Yarn


Rules

  1. Contestants may enter only one division
  2. Contestants must bring their own spinning wheel, drop spindle, or e-spinner
  3. Carded wool will be provided

Prizes

Premiums and ribbons will be awarded in all divisions. The premiums for each class are as follows:

1st – $10
2nd – $8
3rd – $6
4th – $4
5th – $2

Best overall skein in each division will be awarded an extra $10.

Special award for best skein by a first year spinner (spinning less than one year) – $10.


How To Enter

Please register by mail, email, text, or calling:
Patricia Sanville
4637 Cap Stine Road
Frederick, MD 21703
240-357-1437

2020 Catalog Cover Artist

Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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