Fiber Arts & Yarn Show Rules:
NOTE: Entry Fee will be waived for the first item entered for all juniors. To receive free entry, and to be eligible for the Black Lamb Cup, juniors must be entered in the age-appropriate classes.
Fiber Arts & Yarn Show
Judge: Cynthia Heeren, Bend, Oregon
Cynthia Hereen is an accomplished fiber artist. She has won numerous awards for her fiber arts, including the Black Sheep Cup for a handspun, knitted lace shawl and two Champion awards for her spinning at the Black Sheep Gathering, the Diamond Award and several Grand Champions at the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, and Champion Spinner and Champion for Article made from Handspun at the Oregon State Fair. In addition to spinning, she also knits and crochets, designing for the commercial market. Her designs have been featured in Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools; The Save the Sheep Project, and in Knit N’ Style magazine. A popular instructor and judge, Cynthia teaches and judges fiber arts throughout the northwest, relishing sharing the joy of her art with others. Cynthia lives on a farm in Bend, Oregon with her husband, Karl. She is also a goat and fiber judge and has judged at major venues throughout the country, including the Black Sheep Gathering
Judging Criteria for all Entries:
1. General overall appearance.
2. Preparation for exhibit — clean, properly skeined and tied, of listed yardage and/or weight, blocked if necessary.
3. Suitability of fiber to yarn—amount of twist, diameter of yarn
4. Technique — twist evenly executed, appropriate plying twist, diameter consistent throughout, structurally durable, yarn designs consistent, dyeing/blending consistent.
5. Suitability of yarn to use—direction of twist, amount of twist, diameter of yarn, handle of yarn, appropriate number of plies.
6. Finished Execution – originality, creativity, complexity.
A. 100% Grease White Wool Yarn.
Fiber Arts Division
Judging Criteria for all Entries:
Judging criteria adapted from Northwest Regional Spinners Association, 1990. The judge is free to change any exhibit not properly entered in correct Lot, Class or Division.
A. Made from 100% natural color wool—undyed.
Hand-Knitted or -Crocheted
Knitted or crocheted items must be handspun (indicate on tag).
1. Sweaters, jackets, coats
Either the entire weft or the entire warp must be handspun; remaining fibers may be either hand or machine spun and may contain plant fibers.
10. Sweaters, jackets, coats
Felted Items must be made of 100 % animal fibers. Some small use of non-animal fiber embellishment may be allowed.
20. Wet Felted Wearable
30. Machine knitted items
Collaborative projects will be judged and ribbons awarded. These projects will NOT be eligible to compete for The Black Sheep Cup or the Black Lamb Cup.
The Spinner's Gallery is dedicated to the memory of Sharon Nofziger's gentle spirit. It is inspired by Sharon’s desire to have a place for people who want to exhibit this year's projects without particiating in the judging. The criteria and entry fees will be the same as the Fiber Arts and Yarn Show. On the entry form indicate you are entering the Spinner's Gallery by listing the fiber arts or yarn lot to read 00.
* * * Five Teams Competing at Sheep to Shawl 2013! * * *
With the new space arrangements, the Contest will be much more visible to the audience. BSG is very excited to host these amazing spinners and weavers!
Laura Macagno-Shang will make announcements, demonstrate and explain the competition to the public. The team areas will be marked. You will also receive a wristband that allows you to have snacks and beverages in the building during the contest.
The judging will be at 2 p.m. sharp. Ribbons will be awarded directly afterwards. We would like very much to have the shawls on display in the Fiber Arts Competition when they are completed.
The Teams are invited to the annual potluck dinner that begins around 5:30pm Saturday. Additionally, if you’re available after the potluck, plan to model your shawl at the Spinner’s Lead event held in the animal show ring at 8pm.
Process: Woven shawl.
Size: At least 1440 square inches. (This is equal to approximately 20" x 72", minus any fringe.) It may be larger.
Fiber: The shawl has to be at least 90% wool and 25% of the wool has to be natural colored, in keeping with the mission statement of the Black Sheep Gathering. The remainder of the shawl should be wool with the exception that 10% (by weight) of the fiber may be other than wool, mixed in either the warp or the weft. Except for the 25% natural colored wool, all of the fiber used MAY be dyed. Fiber may be cleaned and ready to card and spin.
Yarns: All yarn used is to be plied. This will aid with demonstrations and in the look and feel of a “fresh” shawl. (One that has not been washed yet.) The weft yarns are carded and spun during the competition.
Team: Six members: one weaver, five spinners.
Equipment: Loom—warped and tied-on only. Use only four harnesses or less. Tie-up should be at the discretion of the weaver. One drum carder is allowed per team for carding the wool for spinning the weft yarns. Teams may use hand cards or wool combs.
Please supply Laura with samples of the fibers going into your shawl so she can describe the process to onlookers. Good luck and have fun!
The entry deadline is June 1, 2013. For more information contact:
Textiles a Mano
965 Tyinn St #11
Eugene, OR 97402
The Spinner’s Lead takes place in the Livestock Show Arena after the Potluck on Saturday night of the Gathering. Entrants wear their handspun garments or creations, while leading a sheep or goat or carrying a bunny.
The event is open to all producers and spinners of wool, mohair or rabbit fiber. If you wish to enter please read the rules carefully.
Complete the entry form and mail it to the address on the form. We need a full description of your entry, including technique of construction, breed of animal and information about the artist and exhibitor.
Mail-in entries will be accepted until June 15th, however forms will be available at the information table until noon Friday.
If you don’t have livestock entered in the Black Sheep Gathering animal shows, we can arrange for you to borrow an animal. However, these arrangements must be made in advance so we can find a match for you.
|Originality and difficulty of design||30 points|
|Color, fit and style||25 points|
|Suitability of garment to use of fiber||20 points|
|Handspun by entrant||5 points|
|Knit, woven, etc., by entrant||5 points|
|Overall appearance of entrant and animal||10 points|
|Animal owned by entrant||5 points|
NOTE: In case of a tie, judges will award bonus points on the basis of originality.
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