Handspun Skeins Competition

Thank you to the 2017 sponsor of the Handspun Skein Competition, Wolseley Wool

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Our 2016 Handspun Skeins Competition was a big success!  Many attendees admired the entries on display and imagined the skeins they might submit. 

Definitely submit your yarns for us to admire! You will be surprised at how much we appreciate your work.  We invite all skill levels to participate.  We also have a great collection of prizes available from Wolseley Wool as well as the following local supporters:

Prizes may not be exactly as shown.

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) Please 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.

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, don’t include both  DK and worsted weight submissions in the same category if they are very similar.

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 submit your yarns early. Our volunteers sort the yarns into the appropriate categories before the judging begins.  Also, please leave the skeins 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 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!

Full Submission Details Found HERE