Thank you to the 2017 sponsor of the Handspun Skein Competition, Wolseley Wool
Our 2017 Handspun Skeins Competition was once again a success! Many attendees admired the entries on display and imagined the skeins they might submit. We did hear from a few of you that you had intended to submit, but forgot to follow up. Get those submissions together now! Or, at least start spinning your submissions and tagging them.
We hope you will submit your yarns for us to admire! You will be surprised at how many folks will stop to appreciate your work. We invite all skill levels to participate. In 2017 we had a great collection of prizes available from Wolseley Wool as well as the following local supporters. Stay tuned for 2018 prize updates.
It’s easy to submit. Check out the technical details available HERE. What follows are the basics you’ll need to know as you spin your fibre:
1) We offer many categories for judging: Singles, 2-ply, 3 or more plies, and Novelty/Art yarns. We also have a category for yarns spun from a raw wool fleece, alpaca blanket, or other raw animal fibre (Calling all Angora rabbit keepers… Or, how furry is your dog?).
2) For each category, the fibre must be at least half animal fibre. (We prefer animal fibres because these are currently the most common for Manitoba spinners.) For the raw-source category, the yarn must be entirely from a single source (one animal).
3) Spin at least 2oz of fibre.
4) Within each category, you can submit up to 2 skeins, BUT they must be of different thicknesses/weights. For example, submit one lace and one worsted weight yarn. Please don’t submit a sport and DK weight in the same category because the weights are too similar. (See the technical details page for more information.)
5) Please label your submission carefully. We want to return it to you. Also, we want to understand how to categorize it. However, if our judge thinks it’s not in the right category, it will be reassigned. We may not be able to include it if you have another entry there. For example, if you submit a core-spun yarn as a single and we have to move it to the ‘novelty’ category where you already have two novelty yarns, the core-spun yarn will not be subject to judging. We will, however, happily display your beautiful yarn to inspire others.
6) Our judge does not know who submitted each skein. The judge doesn’t see the separate card describing your contact information and details of your submissions. She focuses on the many beautiful yarns in front of her.
7) We ask everyone to tie the skeins a certain way and to make the skeins a certain length to make it easy for the judge to open and assess them. You want your yarn to look its best in a twisted skein and when the judge untwists it. We can judge every skein fairly if they all are the same size. If you have never dyed yarn, you may not fully appreciate the benefit of multiple figure-8 ties. They are useful for keeping your skein in order while washing, storing, and while a judge is handling them. Watch Mandyz demonstrate in this video.
8) Please note the submission date and TIME (before the festival opens) as well as the drop-off options. Our volunteers sort the yarns into the appropriate categories before the judging begins. We cannot accept yarns after judging has begun. Also, please leave the yarns with us to display during the festival. Others will be inspired by your work. Look for the due dates and retrieval times in the technical details page.
9) We ask about how you plan to use your yarn because we know a hardy winter-worthy-mitten yarn is going to be quite different from a yarn worn next to skin that you want to rub against your cheek. A yarn meant to bloom in lace is different from a yarn intended to hold its structure for crisp cable lines. Have any extra comments about your yarn? We’d love to read them– as will the folks admiring your yarn.
10) Our technical details page includes a handy checklist and samples of submission cards. We try to make this process as easy as possible. Please do not feel worried by the technicalities. Focus on the joy of spinning! (And share that joy with us).
That’s all you need to know as you begin your spinning projects!
Go fondle some fibre and spin some yarns.
Local Master Spinner Jo-Anne Tabachek is our judge. We look forward to seeing what you share with our fibre arts community!