Continuous Strand Weaving Contest
sponsored by Carol Leigh’s Hillcreek Fiber Studio
Show off those mad skills. Have fun doing it with Continuous Strand Weaving.
Put together a team of two to four people to weave a shawl in five hours (or less) on a six-foot triangle loom.
Judging will be based on speed, quality of weaving, design and team presentation. Earn extra points by using handspun or hand-dyed yarn.
Bragging rights will be awarded. Cash prizes will be given. They could be yours. Get the hot skinny with the contest guidelines.
Questions? Contact Carolyn Beasley at CarolinaFiberFest@hotmail.com
Race against the clock for a chance to win fame and booty.
With two ways to go head-to-head, you’ll have plenty of shots to take ribbons home.
Fastest Needles and Fastest Wheel are open to all ages. A $1.00 entry fee benefits
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
Prefer to cheer on your favorite? That’s great. What’s a champion without fans?
Fastest Needles > extreme knitting
Contestants will provide their own #6 needles.
Yarn will be provided.
Before timing begins, contestants will cast on 30 stitches
using any method.
Contestants will knit for 10 minutes.
The knitter with the most stitches wins!
Fastest Wheel > rev up your spinning and kick into high gear
Contestants will provide their own wheel (not electric).
Roving will be provided.
Contestants will spin for 20 minutes.
The spinner with the most yards wins!
Sheep to Shawl Contest
sponsored by Yarn Tree Studio
Ready for extreme team sport?
Start with a beautiful washed fleece.
Card or comb the fiber.
Ply it. Then weave it into a stunning shawl. All in six hours or less. Five-member teams of otherwise sane people—carders, spinners and one weaver—will do just that.
Competition will be fierce as teams work under pressure, against potential perils such as scraped knuckles, broken tension bands, backaches and curious onlookers with complex questions. The first shawl to cross the finish line will score major points. Judges will also award points for teamwork and craftsmanship. Cash prizes will be given.
Complete the Rules of Engagement, put together a team of fiber pals and practice practice practice.
Sheep to Shawl demonstrates to the public how fibers were traditionally prepared and how clothing, home furnishings and accessories were produced in the past. The goal is to promote greater interest in all aspects of creating fabric and emphasize the historical importance of the
Want to know more?
Sheryl Wicklund can help.
Skein & Garment Competition
sponsored by Ol’ North State Knitting Guild
Calling all amateur fiber artists!
This is your opportunity to shine. Display your creations. Receive recognition and valuable feedback. Winners will bask in the glory and take home fiber booty.
Whether you’re new to the wonderful world of fiber or learned at your grandmother’s knee, you’ll want to participate.
The possibilities range from handspun skeins to finished objects that are knitted, crocheted, woven, fulled, felted or tatted using handspun or commercial yarn or thread. You may enter more than one category.
Time goes quickly, so start planning and creating. See the guidelines for complete details.
Keep good notes. Information you supply with your entry is used by the judges in their decisions. Go on, read the guidelines fill out an entry form. Be a contender.
Questions? Talk to Elsie.
2011 Skein and Garment
Nancy Sigmon of Raleigh took Best in Show in weaving with the wrap, pictured at left. Read how she did it.
“I processed the raw fibers from my Romney sheep and Angora rabbit: scouring, carding, dyeing, spinning and plying the wool yarn, clipping the rabbit, then spinning and plying the Angora yarn. I warped my Glimakra countermarche loom with the yarns and wove the wrap adapting a weaving draft for a baby blanket from Handwoven’s Design Collection 14, a plain weave with turned spots. Gray yarns are 100% wool dyed with Gaywool dyes. White yarns are 100% Angora. The finished wrap is 14″ x 80″ including fringe.”